August 2016 Celebrating Volunteers Winner

Patty McComas of 

St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary

     Many West Virginia towns, such as Buckhannon, rely on their local medical facilities for not only providing much needed healthcare, but also as a way to support and build a community.  Hospitals have become an important cornerstone as a gathering place for area residents that want to provide assistance to their neighbors.  St. Joseph’s Hospital does not differ from this tradition, it takes that and builds in an aspect that is important to those that utilize its services and those that help support its mission.  In order to accomplish the much needed community interaction and to grow financial support for the hospital, St. Joseph’s along with many medical facilities across the state, rely on volunteers.  One of St. Joseph’s volunteers, Patty McComas, optimizes what is needed to continually grow the impact that the hospital has on the citizens of the region. 

     Patty McComas has become a pillar of her community.  Beginning as a Principal of French Creek Elementary School, she has built a career of educating and supporting students and families within the community.  She continues supporting her community in retirement through her time spent volunteering as part of the Auxiliary at St. Joseph's.  She can also be found at the Buckhannon First United Methodist Church, where she is President of the United Methodist Women, while teaching Sunday school.  She also finds time to serve as President of the American Association of University Women and is a member of the local garden club.  Her extensive career in education and her current volunteer work has not only developed Patty as a person, but has allowed her to share her grace and sincerity with her neighbors. 

     St. Joseph’s Hospital has served the community for over 95 years and strives to care for every individual that walks through its doors as one of their own.  With a mission of strengthening the community with compassionate care, St. Joseph’s volunteers are an integral part of its success.  Whether welcoming new patients or providing comfort, Patty can be seen working hard to not only uphold the mission, but to also provide a warm and friendly place for patients and their families to deal with difficult times.

     "Volunteering has always been an important aspect of my life.  The Buckhannon community is important to me, and I want to help make sure that it's people are taken care of, whether it be through the hospital or through the church," stated Patty.  "I love what I do each and every day, and I hope it makes a difference in someone's life."

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     “Patty is a dedicated member of her community, she is a tireless, wonderful person that epitomizes the type of volunteers our communities need,” Gretchen Ross of WBOY stated.  “To recognize her, is to recognize each and every volunteer not only at St. Joseph’s but also throughout our region.”

     “I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication I see in Patty.  As an educator and religious leader, she understand the importance of community,” said Tim Miley, owner of The Miley Legal Group.  “Her work not only provides comfort for those that are around her, but it also provides a method for her to share the work of St. Joseph's and the Pallottine Missionary Sisters when they founded the hospital.”

     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 St. Joseph’s Hospital, please visit stj.net.