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KDMC Celebrates its Priceless Volunteers


King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) recently celebrated Volunteer Services Week by hosting a luncheon to honor volunteers who serve at the medical center. During the event, service award pins were presented to nearly 125 volunteers.

A service award pin – as a material thing – is a small token. The value behind this award – priceless!

With more than 400 serving as King’s Daughters volunteers, contributing more than 60,000 hours of service each year, there are few visitors or team members who have not benefited from this gift of time.

“Our volunteers provide exceptional customer service to our patients, visitors and families as well as assist our team members in meeting the needs of our customers,” said Jane Blankenship, director of Volunteer Services. “The role of the volunteer is critical to the success of KDMC.”

Volunteers can be found throughout the medical center – answering phones and providing information at the welcome/information centers and in waiting areas, greeting customers and escorting them through the medical center, delivering mail to patients, and helping out at the Auxiliary Gift Shop, among other things.

Six-year volunteer and Ashland resident Kay Gevedon said volunteering at KDMC is a two-fold reward for her. “I feel like I’m helping both the hospital and the community in which I live. We (volunteers) are so blessed to be healthy and to be able to help others,” she said.

The King’s Daughters Women’s Auxiliary was established in 1955, and in 1979, men joined the ranks. The Auxiliary raises thousands of dollars each year through the Gift Shop and fund-raising events, to give back to support various medical center programs. Some of the most notable programs that the Auxiliary supports include:

  • infant car seats/carriers that are provided to each baby born at KDMC
  • teddy bears that are given to pediatric surgical patients
  • medication fund, which helps provide prescription medication to patients who cannot afford it
  • rehabilitation van used for patient outings to prepare them for returning home
  • the Auxiliary made significant contributions to the King’s Daughters Health Foundation when building the Hospitality House for families to stay in when a loved one is hospitalized; and continues to provide substantial support to the facility

“The role of the volunteer at KDMC is so very important,” said Phil Lewis, Ashland resident and five-year volunteer. “Something that comes so easy to us – providing information, escorting guests to a certain area – means so much to others.”

The need for volunteers is increasing as the KDMC clinical staff sees more and more patients. For example, nearly 8,000 guests from 38 states and two additional countries have been cared for by the staff and volunteers at the Hospitality House. (The Hospitality House provides families a place to stay while their loved ones are hospitalized. The 12-000-square-foot residence features 13 guest rooms with private baths, as well as a common kitchen, dining area, a living room and laundry facilities.)

To learn more about volunteering at King’s Daughters, please call (606) 408-4423 or visit 

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