American Red Cross, Fayette Co. "Hero of the Year"
Mr. Roger Springate, UK HealthCare's Fayette County "Hero of the Year" nomination.
The Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross is such a vital
organization to Fayette County and even surrounding counties. I am
always amazed at the work that the Red Cross does internationally and
locally. Many of you know the work that this organization has done on an
international scale after the disaster in Haiti. But what you may not
realize is all the help they provide here in our own neighborhood.
Locally they provide relief to the victims of more than 200 disasters
each year, provide more than 1,800 individual services to our military
service men and women and their families, and train nearly 12,000 people
in lifesaving skills. For more about the American Red Cross please
They have started a fundraising campaign that allows communities to
recognize a local "hero." In order to nominate a Fayette county hero,
individuals or organizations must donate or raise a minimum of $1000. As
part of our UK HealthCare sponsorship we have the opportunity to
nominate an individual. You can imagine the challenge of nominating
someone from the hospital with all of our employees who give their time
each and every day. In addition we have numerous volunteers who
continue to impact our patients and families. After discussing with our
director of volunteer services, Bonnie Thornton, she and others
volunteered Mr. Roger Springate.
I thought it would be great to share with my readers what was said
about Mr. Springate and how we are lucky to have someone like him
volunteering for the hospital and making such a positive impact on the
lives of our patients and their families and employees.
Roger is very deserving of the American Red Cross "Hero of the
Year" award. He has battled cancer and gone through many hardships along
the way while continuing to go above and beyond his duty to comfort
patients and families during their time of need. He is a wonderful asset
to the volunteer team at the UK Hospital- empathy and compassion are
simply two qualities that come to mind when thinking of this individual.
It is always a very stressful time for families when loved ones
are having surgery or upon arrival get lost at the Clinic or Hospital.
Roger spends countless hours volunteering to make sure families not only
know where they are going, but he provides comfort and information for
them while waiting for their loved one to come out of surgery. He
personally accompanies families or individuals to the recovery room to
alleviate any confusion as to the location of their family member. He is
always willing to stay late for family members if needed. The comfort
he provides only family members could truly understand- from warm
blankets in a chilly waiting room to providing wheelchair
transportation. He logs numerous miles in daily and has truly made a
difference in the lives of not only patients and families, but
co-workers as well.
The American Red Cross "Heroes" campaign.
Roger receiving his nomination certificate.
Fayette County Hero Nominations.
Roger Springate and Rita Dunn, Holding Room Coordinator, Periopertive Services