McLeod Health Clarendon recently recognized area teens for their participation in the inaugural 2017 Teen Summer Volunteer Program, according to a McLeod Health news release. An appreciation dinner was held at the hospital to thank the teens for their service. This year, 19 teens volunteered 1,772 hours throughout the hospital, the release said.
During their summer vacation, these teens volunteered to work directly with hospital health care professionals for at least 20 hours per month gaining experience in a variety of health care occupations.
Stacy Mosier, volunteer coordinator for McLeod Health Clarendon, gave some brief information on the program and expressed her gratitude to the volunteers.
"For 11 weeks, I had the opportunity to work with 19 incredibly committed junior volunteers," Mosier said. "This impressive group of young people made a significant contribution to our hospital in such a short time."
Mosier said the volunteers' service made a difference in the lives of patients, families, visitors and hospital staff.
"I have been overwhelmed by their dedication, their desire to make a difference and their willingness to give back to their community," she said. "I am proud of each and every one of them and the impact that they made in serving our hospital and community."
Debbie Locklair, McLeod Health regional administrator, also expressed her gratitude to the young volunteers.
"They all are to be commended for sharing their time and talents with us," she said. "We hope they will remember this as a rewarding experience and that it helps each of them to decide if a career in health care is right for them."
Kim Johnson, McLeod Health Clarendon Advisory Board member, spoke to the teens about the importance of having a good work ethic and character, noting the impact that it can have on their future career choices.
"Networking and relationships are so very important," Johnson said. "One day you will realize that you possess all of the unique characteristics that your community sees in you. You can be the change you seek; there is no barrier that can hold you back and no obstacle you won't be able to overcome because you have stepped up in this program."
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Mosier encouraged all of the teens to return for next year's Summer Teen Volunteer Program.
For more information on how to become a volunteer at McLeod Health Clarendon, call Mosier at (803) 435-5287.