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Oct. 7, 2014 - USA Medical Center Volunteer Nominated for Outstanding Auxilian
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USA Medical Center volunteer Connie Taylor has been nominated as the Outstanding Auxilian for the Alabama Hospital Association.

When you consider volunteer Connie Taylor’s contributions to the USA Medical Center, they are impressive.  In fact, in the last year alone she logged 525 volunteer hours of service to the hospital, an average of 10 hours a week.  Her steadfast commitment is why she has been nominated as the Outstanding Auxilian for the Alabama Hospital Association.  

Over the past 12 years, Taylor has been a friendly fixture in the halls of the Medical Center.  She has served as current president and past secretary of the local auxiliary, past chair of the hospital gift shop, and committee member for the tree lighting and volunteer recruitment.  She is an active member and current vice chair of the Alabama Council of Hospital Auxiliaries District IV, an affiliate of the Alabama Hospital Association. She will become chair of the group in October. 

Volunteering with USA Medical Center is just one of the activities on the 75-year-old retiree’s plate.  She is also the current president of the North Mobile County Education Retiree Association, past secretary and member of the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary 172, and board member and secretary of Keep Mobile Beautiful, among other involvements. 

In nominating Taylor, director of volunteer services Claudnette McGrew said,  “I think Connie is deserving of this award, not only for her years of selfless service to USA Medical Center, but also for her ability to constantly juggle being in office or on a committee for multiple organizations.  As is often said, if you want something done, give it to a busy person. Constance Taylor is the consummate busy person.” 

Taylor became involved with the hospital after she retired in 2002 from the Mobile County School System after a 36-year career as a special education teacher.   Approached by McGrew about volunteering, Taylor laughingly describes a “whirlwind courtship.” 

“I came to my very first lunch meeting and the next thing I knew I was on the auxiliary board, “she said. “I guess you could say I jumped in with both feet.  And once I commit, I commit.” 

Taylor has volunteered all over the Medical Center, including the pharmacy and human resources, and relishes the opportunity to see different sides of the bustling hospital.  Her current assignment in the surgery waiting room keeps her close to patients’ families during stressful times, a role she enjoys. 

“The surgery waiting room is interesting because you run across a lot of people and sometimes they want to talk about themselves or their loved one in surgery.  I like to hear their stories and concerns and just be there to listen. I enjoy being helpful, being a servant.  It’s a ministry for me.”    

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