On April 23, more than 30 area Auxiliary members were recognized for their volunteer work at local medical facilities, including an Oneonta woman who has been serving for more than five decades.
The volunteers were honored at A.O. Fox Hospital’s annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, “Heartfelt Thanks To Our Volunteers,” held at the Oneonta Holiday Inn. Together, their volunteer hours at the hospital, nursing home and FoxCare Center, as well as at the area’s three food pantries and local American Red Cross Blood Drives, exceeded 22,500 hours.
Special awards were presented by John Remillard, A.O. Fox Hospital’s president and chief executive officer, and Jennie Gliha, Fox’s vice president of human resources, to several individuals for their many years of service.
Josie Gilmour, 89, said she has been volunteering at A.O. Fox Hospital and FoxCare for 50 years.
“It’s been so long that I can’t even remember how I started,” Gilmour said. “It makes me feel good that I’m helping people.”
Gilmour said every Monday for the past five decades she has gotten up, gotten dressed and traveled the short distance from her home to the hospital to help out.
Many years ago, her services included going around the facility and asking patients what they would like to eat for the day, as well as counting the money at the hospital’s gift shop. Today, her responsibilities include paperwork, delivering cards to patients, giving directions to visitors and occasionally showing patients or visitors to a room.
“I like to say I’m the Vanna White here,” Gilmour joked. “Whatever they have for me to do, I’m happy to do it.”
Through the years, Gilmour owned and operated a liquor store where FoxCare is now located and volunteered on the side, she said. She has witnessed a great deal of changes at the hospital, seen many doctors and staff come and go, and made many friends there along the way.