July 2016 Celebrating Volunteers Winner

Emily DeMotto of 

Davis Medical Center 

     The small town atmosphere in West Virginia is known for its close knit community.  Those that assist one another in their time of need has become a pronounced aspect of life here.  This has been especially pronounced with the flood recovery in southern West Virginia.  Families have been devastated and the hopes of returning to a normal life are held dear and only preserved by the masses of friends and community members from across the state that have joined together to help put hundreds of Tim MIley Emily Demotto Gretchen Ross Celebrating Volunteerslives back together.  Those feelings of togetherness and support stem from a broader sense of volunteerism and love of community found in many West Virginians.  Volunteers can be found locally at hundreds of organizations that touch the lives of thousands throughout our state. Emily DeMotto is one of those volunteers.  As a volunteer at Davis Medical Center in Elkins, she works each week to not only make lives easier for those that she comes in contact with, but to help lift their spirits during the most trying times in their lives. 

     Since her graduation from Elkins High School, Emily has volunteered as part of the Cafeteria “Chatters” at the medical facility.  Her role at the hospital is to provide comfort to patients and family members going through very difficult times.  Her disability, cerebral palsy, has never prevented her from her goal of making those around her happy.  If you have met Emily, you know her personality creates warmth within everyone she meets. 

     When asked why volunteering has become such and important aspect of her life, Emily responded with “I love helping people and making them happy and seeing them smile.”  Her love of those in her community, and the work she does to support those at Davis Medical Center are the primary reasons why she was selected as this month's Celebrating Volunteer award winner.   

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     Emily was diagnosed with cerebral palsy around the age of one.  Her cerebral palsy has greatly reduced her verbal communication capabilities and mobility, but she has never allowed those issues to hinder her ability to remain an active member in her community.  She has overcome the difficulties she faces in moving around and has used creative ways, including an iPhone app, to assist her in communicating with those around her.  She loves her phone and in fact posts frequently to her Facebook page showing her wit and her love for WVU and the New York Rangers. 

Davis Medical Center Davis Health System     “She is such an inspiration for everyone she meets.  In spite of the challenges she faces everyday, she inspires everyone with her smile and laughter,” stated Valerie Bright, coordinator of volunteer services.  “Davis Medical Center would not be the same without Emily.”

     “The first time I met Emily I saw first hand why she was nominated, she lights up the room and creates an atmosphere of warmth and happiness,” Gretchen Ross of WBOY stated.  “Everyone I came in contact with during my visit with her, reflected positively upon her.  She brings cheer to patients and staff alike, her personality and perseverance creates an environment unlike any I have seen within the confines of a hospital.”

     “Communities all across West Virginia rely on their local medical facilities to ensure they are kept healthy and receive the treatment they need.  Emily pushes that forward with her volunteer work and eases the minds of everyone that comes in contact with her,” said Tim Miley, owner of The Miley Legal Group.  “She works each week to assist patients and their family get the comfort they need to help them through some of the most distressing times in their lives.”

     The Celebrating Volunteers awardees receive public recognition for not only themselves, but their organization.  They also receive a $500 contribution to the organization they represent in their name.  Gretchen Ross of WBOY TV and Tim Miley of The Miley Legal Group work together to select the awardees from the many nominations received from the public.   The volunteer selected will have demonstrated their commitment to an organization through volunteerism and support.

     “I am an avid supporter of volunteerism in our communities.”  Miley stated.  “The Celebrating Volunteers program is a way that we can recognize the hard work and dedication of individuals across our region.” 

     We look forward to recognizing a number of worthy individuals while giving their organizations a part of the spotlight.  The program will continue recognizing volunteers throughout the coming year.  In order to nominate a volunteer to receive this award, please visit WBOY's nomination page, the form can be found on the bottom of the page.

For more information on the Davis Medical Center Foundation, please visit davishealthsystem.org and to keep up to date on activities at the hospital, follow them on Facebook at Facebook.com/DHSWV.