LOUISVILLE – The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented awards to several hospital volunteer groups during the Association’s Auxiliary/Volunteer Luncheon at the 87th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. The HANDS Awards (Helping Accomplish Noteworthy Duties Successfully) recognize outstanding volunteer/auxiliary programs in hospitals across the state. McDowell ARH Hospital was singled out as one of two recipients of a HANDS Award for a Community Outreach Project.
The McDowell ARH Hospital Tree of Light event has been held for three years. Auxiliary members contact local businesses, churches, senior citizen centers and others in the community to sell lights for the Christmas Tree “in honor of” or “in memory of” a loved one. Local funeral homes also make donations for everyone who passed away during the year. Hospital employees assist at the event by reading the names of everyone represented on the tree. Special entertainment and refreshments are provided for all who attend.