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ETMC recognizes volunteer workforce

East Texas Medical Center Tyler will recognize its volunteers and award scholarships to junior volunteers during its annual volunteer awards luncheon at Willow Brook Country Club today (Wednesday, April 18).

Hayes Caldwell, executive director of the Caldwell Zoo, will be the guest speaker and will discuss the history and legacy of the zoo.

"Our 72 active volunteers contributed 20,764 hours of service tothe hospital and related ETMC facilities in 2011 - a gift of theirtime and talents equivalent to a half a million dollars," said Bob Evans, ETMC Tyler administrator/CEO.  Forty-three junior volunteers participated in the summer program. ETMC also has five Pet Pals volunteers and six chaplaincy volunteers. "This is a tremendous contribution.  We're proud to honor our volunteers at this event.  Their helping hands and caring hearts truly enhance our healthcare environment," Evans said.

Recipients of ETMC Junior Volunteer Scholarships are: Victoria Bowie and Shiva Reddy, Chapel Hill High School;Elizabeth Fikes, Jeremy Obach, Kevin Ridad and Bianca Suarez,Bishop T.K. Gorman HS; Chance Hughes, Whitehouse HS; Marygayle Martin, Robert E. Lee HS; Roquel Pettigrew and Diana Rodriguez, John Tyler HS; and Javi Virk, All Saints Episcopal HS.

"Extraordinary things happen at ETMC Tyler, and our volunteer family makes it possible," said Jacque Fowler, volunteer resources director.  "Men and women with big hearts and a joy forserving others comprise our volunteers. Whether people are 19or 90, we have a place in our volunteer resources department for them."

For information and a volunteer application, please call ETMC Tyler Volunteer Resources at 903-531-8199 or visit