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Julie B. Wall, Markstein


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – April 13, 2015 - Baptist Health System (Baptist) is honored to work with 324 exemplary volunteers who have dedicated more than 65,000 hours of service across Baptist’s four hospitals, including Shelby (Alabaster), Walker (Jasper), Citizens (Talladega) and Princeton (Birmingham) Baptist Medical Centers.

This year marks the 41st anniversary of National Volunteer Week, which honors volunteers for offering acts of service to their communities. Celebrated April 12 – 18, 2015, the week’s official theme is “Celebrating People in Action.” In 2014, volunteers’ contributions of time and gifts across Baptist’s four hospitals equated to a financial impact of more than $1.2 million.

Across the System, volunteers regularly provide comfort to patients and families as they work in various areas throughout each hospital, ranging from patient information to surgery and ICU waiting areas. Volunteers provide assistance in delivering flowers, managing gift shops, rocking newborns in NICUs and decorating hospitals for Christmas. Volunteers also donate Bibles, coffee for waiting areas, snacks for the ICU and blankets and clothing for patients in need and infants entering foster care.

Expressing gratitude to volunteers every year during this week has led to celebratory traditions at each Baptist hospital.

  • Walker volunteers participate in an annual day trip. This year, they will visit the American Village in Montevallo, Ala.
  • Shelby will host a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to honor all volunteers, recognizing auxiliary officers and their Volunteer Mission Value Award winners. Departments throughout the hospital will also provide special snacks for the volunteers during the week.
  • Citizens volunteers will take a trip to tour historical downtown Gadsden, where they will visit Regency Pointe for lunch and bingo, and go shopping.
  • Princeton will award Service Pins and host a recognition luncheon with a guest speaker. Special refreshments and coffee are also served each day of Volunteer Week.

We are extremely fortunate to have dedicated volunteers throughout Baptist Health System,” said Keith Parrott, CEO of Baptist Health System. “They each truly have a servant’s heart, and epitomize the System’s core values of delivering faith-based, high-quality comprehensive health care.

About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) corporation and one of the largest health systems in Alabama, owns four hospital campuses, including Princeton (in Birmingham), Shelby (in Alabaster), Walker (in Jasper) and Citizens (in Talladega) as well as the largest network of employed primary- and specialty-care physicians providing coordinated care across central Alabama. The system includes graduate medical education programs and active clinical research in multiple specialties. Baptist Health System is committed to providing compassionate, high-quality, innovative health care and empowering its communities to achieve their best health. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations. For more information please visit

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