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Freeman volunteer named to national post

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Freeman volunteer named to national post

JOPLIN, Mo.—Earline Kelley, Freeman Auxilian and Volunteer, has been appointed to the American Hospital Association (AHA) Committee on Volunteers (COV). As a member of this specialty group, Kelley will provide AHA with community perspective on healthcare issues and also will look at the roles, responsibilities, and services of organized volunteers and auxilians.

Kelley has volunteered at Freeman for 11 years, working at both the surgery waiting desk and the Intensive Care Unit desk. She was the 2013 Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries President and has served as Freeman Auxiliary President.

In this new post, Kelly will assume a leadership role at the national level. The COV participates in the development of policies to represent, guide, and assist the nation’s hospitals. Members also participate in grassroots advocacy and serve as the selection committee for AHA hospital and volunteer awards.

“We’re thrilled about Earline’s appointment to the Committee on Volunteers,” said Paula Baker, Freeman Health System President and Chief Executive Officer. “Earline has done an outstanding job in various leadership positions at Freeman and at the state level. She truly has a heart for service. I believe the committee will greatly benefit from her ideas, her dedication, and her enthusiasm.”

Freeman Auxiliary supports programs such as Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the Chaplains Fund, Ronald McDonald House of the Four States, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, and local nursing schools. The mission of Freeman Auxiliary is to give volunteer service that benefits patients, their families, and the hospital; contribute financially whenever possible; and establish relationships within the community. Volunteers of all ages assist visitors at the information desk, in surgical waiting rooms, and at Freeman Gift Gallery locations. Opportunities to volunteer are available at Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, and Freeman Neosho Hospital. Freeman Auxiliary welcomes caring men and women who possess a desire to give back to the community.

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