Contact: Jennifer Dodd
BIRMINGHAM, AL --- Lee Rich, a volunteer with the Princeton Baptist Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary, was recently honored by the Alabama Hospital Association as its 2012 Outstanding Auxilian. The award is given to one volunteer each year in the state who has proven leadership skills and exemplary volunteer service.
“AlaHA is extremely pleased to present this year’s award to Ms. Rich,” said J. Michael Horsley, FACHE, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. “Her generosity, kindness and compassion have been sources of comfort to so many patients and their families, and her example is one to which all hospital volunteers should aspire.”
Known as the “Angel Lady” for the collection of angel pins she wears on her vest, five days a week 92-year old Lee Rich walks from her nearby apartment to her volunteer assignment at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. As of the end of October, she earned 38,000 hours of volunteer service for the hospital. She currently keeps charge of the cardiac waiting room and has served in many positions in both the medical and surgical intensive care units. Throughout her 20 years of service to the hospital she has also been a member of the auxiliary board and has assisted with a number of auxiliary projects. Ms. Rich was selected from a statewide pool of nominations and received her award in Guntersville at the Association’s annual fall conference of hospital volunteers.
“It is an honor to have Mrs. Rich as part of our volunteer program,” said Glenn Ireland, director of Volunteer Services, Princeton BMC. “Her faith in God is what motivates her to be of service to others and she truly has a servant’s heart. She epitomizes the Princeton patient promise, I am here for you.”
The Alabama Council of Hospital Auxiliaries is an affiliate of the Alabama Hospital Association, a state trade organization, which supports hospitals in providing quality health care to their communities.
Pictured above: Mrs. Lee Rich with Princeton Volunteer Director Glenn Ireland.
About Princeton Baptist Medical Center - Opened in 1922, Princeton Baptist is the largest hospital of Baptist Health System. Today, Princeton Baptist is a full service tertiary hospital with approximately 1,500 employees providing a wide range of services including such specialties as diagnostic imaging, cancer treatment, wound care, cardiac services and surgery, bariatrics, pulmonary medicine, neurosurgery, obstetrics and orthopedics. This year Princeton celebrates 90 years of medical ministry.