The tables were turned on the Plumas District Hospital Volunteers on June 1, when the hospital hosted a luncheon in their honor and recognized their significant contributions.
But even in that setting the Volunteers weren’t content to be just the recipients, they presented their annual scholarship.
After enjoying a lunch featuring various salads made by Tiffany Leonhardt, the hospital’s patient experience manager, and Leann Kennedy, its community relations coordinator, Gloria Boland presented the scholarship to Quincy resident Erika Trueblood.
Trueblood accepted the award with her 7-year-old daughter Jemma in the audience, as well as her father, Merle Trueblood.
Erika is currently a licensed vocational nurse at Plumas District Hospital and has been accepted into the registered nurse program at Butte College. She acknowledged the transformation her life has taken in the past several years and thanked the group for their award.
Dr. Jeff Kepple, hospital CEO, told the Volunteers how grateful he was for their continued generosity, including their most recent purchase of a $38,000 piece of ultrasound equipment that was used in the emergency room the day after it arrived.
Funding for that equipment, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars that the Volunteers have previously contributed, come primarily from the Bargain Boutique, the group’s thrift store, on Main Street in Quincy.
Leonhardt and Kennedy presented certificates to 31 women and one man, recognizing volunteer hours that ranged from 50 to 750 per year. The latter was awarded to De Brubaker who arrives at the store most mornings to work on the merchandise.
“You make a difference in the lives of our patients every day,” Leonhardt told the volunteers.
Volunteer service hours
Linda Reid Wallace
Sandra (Sam) Pence