Big Spring State Hospital to honor volunteers

Ed Moughon knows the importance of volunteers.“Big Spring State Hospital patients are provided exemplary care by the hospital’s more than 600 employees.But the volunteers provide the warm touches that personalize their care and take it to a higher level,” Moughon, state hospital superintendent, said.“The hospital’s volunteers are integral to the hospital’s day-to-day success, Their contributions are noticed daily, and once a year hospital employees publicly honor the more than 50 volunteers.”“Volunteers — Exceptional People, Extraordinary Hearts,” is the theme for Tuesday’s Volunteer Services Council’s Appreciation and Awards Luncheon. The lunch will begin at noon in the hospital’s Allred Building Auditorium.Big Spring State Hospital Assistant Superintendent Lorie Couch will deliver the keynote speech.Moughon will present the Jack Y. Smith Award to the year’s outstanding volunteer. The Jack Y. Smith Award is given in honor of Smith who was one of the hospital’s earliest and most dynamic volunteers. The award is presently yearly to the person who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the patients and the hospital.Special recognition will be given to the hospital’s Rookie of the Year, and winners of the Group Service Award and the Community Leader Award.Volunteers also will be given pins for their service hours ranging from 100 hours to more than 9,900 hours.Volunteers will be given a small gift as a token of their appreciation.For more information, contact the hospital’s office at 432-268-7536 or 268-7535. Those considering volunteering for the hospital are urged to attend.Big Spring State Hospital is a 200-bed hospital for people living with mental illness.