Hannibal Regional Hospital’s Auxiliary announced Loretta Bringer as Volunteer of the Year at their Service Awards luncheon on April 15, 2013 at the Quality Inn.

Ms. Bringer volunteered more than 400 hours in 2012 and has served over 2,770 lifetime hours. Mrs. Bringer was presented this award in honor of her dedicated service to the Auxiliary and patients over the years. Mrs. Bringer serves in several areas including the Gift Shop, Recruitment Chairperson, and on the Board of Directors. Mrs. Bringer goes above and beyond in her volunteer role serving patients and their families in many ways including signing to a patient and their family. “Loretta is an amazing person who has truly been an example for everyone with her caring and giving spirit. She has touched so many lives through her volunteer work and our hospital and patients have benefited greatly over the years from her generosity and kindness. “ Alicia Rollins, Director-Volunteer Services.

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Loretta lives in Maywood Missouri with Marvin, her husband of 51 years. Marvin and Loretta have one daughter, Rachel Bringer Shepherd, who serves as Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit. Loretta has been involved in community activities for her entire life. Loretta continues to play the organ and serve as financial secretary for South Union Baptist Church in Maywood, where she has been a member since childhood. Loretta serves on several different boards and committees throughout the Maywood, Hannibal and Quincy communities. Rachel says, "Mom strives for excellence in everything she does, and she has set a wonderful example of strong faith, hard work, and high standards." Loretta loves the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary, and she particularly enjoys the fellowship with her fellow Auxiliary members and clerking in the gift shop.

Another very special award presented this year was the President's Call to Service Award presented to Ms. Jackie Schnelle. Jackie has been a member of the Auxiliary for more than 25 years and has given over 13,500 lifetime hours. Other presentations included Honorary Membership that was awarded to Alice Jurgens, Bob Richards, Eva Boggs, Grace Brothers, Isabelle Jackson, Teresa Tatman and Lorene Harlow. Special Recognition was presented to Merrilyn Jurgens, Jana Suchland, Mary Jane Jackson, Marilou Le-Moine, Karen Dix and Matt Matsunaga.

The Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary, more than 250 members strong, works to promote Hannibal Regional Hospital through increased community awareness, health-related education and fundraising initiatives. Auxiliary members are proud to continue the tradition of serving as ambassadors between the hospital and its communities. Members donate approximately 27,000 hours of service each year. Volunteer opportunities include working in Judy’s Boutique, Fresh Flowers, Information Desk, Greeting, Emergency Department, Sewing and Puppet making, Hannibal Children’s Center, James E Cary Cancer Center, the Caring Cup and various waiting rooms, among others. For more information about the Auxiliary or to donate your time, call 573-248-5272 or go to hrhonline.org.