PMH team hosts appreciation picnic
The lawn of Pocahontas Memorial Hospital was transformed into a dining room with a million dollar view on Friday, August 3, as PMH said “thank you” to the many folks who worked tirelessly to assist their neighbors and to clear and repair the destruction caused by the June 29 storm.
Tables and chairs filled a white tent, allowing a view of the well-groomed Pocahontas County Country Club and the mountains beyond.
But the people in attendance were the main focus of the event.
“It’s wonderful to live in a community where people help each other, not only with working, but volunteering their time,” said CEO Barbara Lay.
In reflecting on the disaster and the volunteer spirit of the community, the idea of a picnic was born, as a way to say thank you.
As things improve at PMH, staff and employees have incorporated appreciation events such as this as a tool to connect with the community and each other.
As with all of the projects and events, everyone works together to plan and prepare, and the dietary department added their talent as was evidenced by long tables laden with more than enough food for everyone.
“The team effort with the picnic – to plan and to bring it off – gives a sense of ownership and everyone enjoyed it,” said COO Terry Wagner.
Members of groups, businesses and organizations who were recognized for their work included the PMH Board of Directors, PMH employees, Dr. Luis Soriano, the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department, Pocahontas County 911, Mon Power, the Pretty Penny, Hillsboro Fire and Rescue, BFD Fire and Rescue, Marlinton Fire and Marlinton Rescue, Cass Fire and Rescue, Shaver’s Fork Fire and Rescue, Frost Fire Department, West Virginia State Police, the Department of Highways, WVMR, The Pocahontas Times, NRAO, Pocahontas Parish, and Frontier Communications.
Jaynell Graham may be contacted at jsgraham@poc ahontastimes.com