Junior volunteers make a difference

Duke Regional Hospital welcomed 28 junior vol­unteers June 14. The team has assisted employees with many tasks, including completing errands and special projects, and assisting patients with greeting, way finding and their discharge from the hospital.

Jim Farrell and Veronica Walker

Volunteer Coordinator Jim Farrell presents the Claudette Meeks Junior Volunteer Award to Veronica Walker.

Veronica Walker, a graduate of Northern High School in Durham, was awarded the Claudette Meeks Junior Volun­teer Award by the Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary. The annual award honors the memory of Claudette Meeks, former Volunteer Services manager who passed away in 2012, and the award will be presented each year to a graduate or rising high school senior who exemplifies the spirit of giving for which Claudette was known. Veronica has volunteered two summers at Duke Regional, and has assisted in a number of departments, including Pharmacy.

Each summer, DRH offers volunteer opportunities for teens 15 to 18 years of age, providing an excellent opportunity for them to interact with healthcare profes­sionals and learn in a medical environment.

Applications for next summer will be accepted January 1-April 1, 2014. Visit dukeregional.org/about/volunteer or contact Volunteer Services at 919-470-4150 for information.

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