The Sunshine Guild volunteers of Palestine Regional Medical Center presented scholarships to four PRMC center employees — all of whom are currently furthering their education — during a ceremony on April 23.
The recipients include: Jennifer Perez, a scrub technician at PRMC who is enrolled at UT Tyler at Palestine for nursing school; Glenn Sharp, a critical care tech in the medical center's ICU, who plans to attend nurse practitioner school; Christina Springer, employed in the Health Information Management Department and wants to obtain her degree as a registered technician in that field; and Norma Solis. currently an Emergency Room technician who is working towards her degree as a nurse in the ER.
The Sunshine Guild was founded in 1987 and as of today, has given over $180,000 in scholarship monies to hospital employees. The goal of the Palestine Regional Medical Center Sunshine Guild volunteers is to be of service to the hospital, the patients and the community.
In order to fund the scholarships, the Guild hosts various fund-raising activities throughout the year, but the most popular is the jewelry sale, the linen sale, and the items that are sold in the Sunshine Guild Gift Shop.
“Raising money for scholarships is not all the volunteers do,” a guild member stated. “We are required to work a minimum of 50 hours a year, but many of our auxiliary work more. We provide assistance throughout the medical center and the rehabilitation center where ever and whenever the need arises.”
Currently there are 12 areas that the Sunshine Guild can choose to work: administration and human resources for clerical work; chaplain; customer service; day surgery; ER; food services; front desk; gift shop; 3rd floor information (ICU); surgery waiting; rehab front desk.
“Volunteering at Palestine Regional Medical Center is truly a rewarding experience,” Sunshine Guild volunteer coordinator Dru Steadman said. “We currently have 44 Sunshine Guild members, but we need many more to fill the various duty stations every day.”
Anyone who is interested in volunteering four hours a week, can call Steadman at 903-731-1383.