ALBANY, GA (WALB) - This week, Phoebe Putney is recognizing its volunteers and the impact they have on the community.
The hospital is celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week.
This year an Albany woman who's spent 14 years volunteering at the hospital will get the volunteer of the year award.
For the past 14 years, Jennifer Moree, has walked Phoebe's halls.
Not because she has too but because she wants to!
"So many times they come in, and they're afraid for their loved who's going back behind our area," said Moree.
And it's her job to calm their nerves.
"We just try to keep them informed and that is a big calming effect on them," explained Moree.
Monday through Friday, from 8 to 11 in the morning, you'll find Moree working the Surgical Family Waiting reception desk, answering phones and giving regular updates to the family members of patients in surgery.
This year marks 5400 hours, and that's just one volunteer.
Volunteer Services Director Suzanne Perrine said more than 52,000 volunteer hours were logged in 2016.
"I don't think we can do it without them," said Perrine.
Volunteers work in 60 areas throughout the health system.
Perrine explained "what makes her award extra special is we did not pick it," Moree's fellow volunteers nominated her.
"I was really surprised and shocked because there are many, many people who are very deserving of that award," said Moree.
Phoebe will be hosting several volunteer appreciation events this week.
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