CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Volunteers Donate Nearly 15,000 Hours of Service


During National Volunteer Week, the CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Volunteer Auxiliary recognized several of its members who collectively dedicated nearly 15,000 hours of service to the hospital staff and guests. Whether it is popping popcorn for academic scholarships, answering phones or helping family members in hospital waiting rooms, Memorial wouldn’t be the same without this special group of women and men.

Betsy Brock (center) received a pin to put on her uniform for her first 100 hours served. Other service award pin recipients include Cheri Dillion, not pictured, and Amy Porter, not pictured.

Pictured from left to right: Pat Guinn, 200 hours; JoAnn Handley, 400 hours; Doris Harkness, 100 hours; and Luther Barrow, 400 hours; Not pictured: Jean Lawrence, 200 hours; and Sue Woodward, 200 hours.

Pictured from left to right: Evelyn Blattner, 600 hours; Carolyn Crawford, 800 hours; and Sara Green, 500 hours. Not pictured: Faye Hopkins, 500 hours; and Shirley Ware, 800 hours.

Pictured from left to right: Sarah Page, 1,000 hours; Pat Bermingham, 1,000 hours; JoAnn Koenecke, 1,000 hours; and Charlotte Carpender, 1,000 hours.

Pictured from left to right: Gloria Gregory, 3,000 hours; and Don Newland, 2,000 hours.

At an appreciation luncheon on Thursday, April 14, System Director of Marketing Yana Ogletree (center) swore in the Volunteer Auxiliary officers for 2016-2017. They are (from left to right) Gloria Gregory, Vice President; Sarah Page, Secretary; Ogletree; Don Newland, President; and Linda Smith, Treasurer.

About CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial

Memorial provides more than a quarter of a million patient services each year and has a longstanding history of providing quality, innovative health care in East Texas.

With hospitals in Lufkin, Livingston, San Augustine and Memorial Specialty – the area’s only long-term acute care hospital – CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial provides millions of dollars in charity care and community support each year.  Our mission is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research.  Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.

Memorial offers a wide array of services, including the area’s first dedicated heart and stroke care facility and radiation oncology at the Temple Cancer Center. It is also known for the area’s only comprehensive diabetes, heart and stroke education center. Other specialty areas include imaging, orthopedic care, women’s services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, homecare, wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, kidney & diabetes treatment, sleep disorders treatment and express lab.

Memorial Clinics, a division of the health system, employs more than 30 providers in 17 locations across East Texas. Specialties include Family Practice, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cardiology, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Allergy/Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat), and Chiropractic Care.

 About CHI St. Luke’s Health
CHI St. Luke’s Health, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), is comprised of three markets―CHI St. Luke’s Health is home of the Texas Heart Institute (THI),  eight hospitals, eight emergency centers, Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Radiation & CyberKnife Center, and several St. Luke’s Medical Group locations throughout Greater Houston; CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial (three hospitals and a long-term acute care facility in East Texas); and CHI St. Joseph Health (five hospitals and several St. Joseph Medical Group locations across Brazos Valley). In addition, CHI St. Luke’s is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine, which encompasses Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center.  Together, CHI St. Luke’s Health, THI, and Baylor College of Medicine are transforming healthcare delivery with a mission to usher in a new era of healthcare to create healthier communities. For more information, visit

 CHI St. Luke’s Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 105 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. Learn more