Leader of Volunteer Excellence (LOVE)

Carolyn Strong ~ Gritman Medical Center

Hospital volunteers are an amazing group of dedicated people who support a critical part of our communities – local hospitals. Across Idaho, thousands of volunteers give hundreds of thousands of hours of service each year helping patients and families, supporting staff, and helping hospitals meet the changing needs of their communities.

Finding a single superstar in an arena filled with them is not an easy task. “With so many generous, giving individuals, naming just one each year is a herculean effort,” said Idaho Hospital Association President and CEO, Brian Whitlock. Among some great nominees, IHA did select an amazing recipient for their 2020 Leader of Volunteer Excellence Award in Carolyn Strong, a volunteer with Gritman Medical Center.

Carolyn joined a handful of other recipients at the IHA Award Ceremony in Boise last week to be honored by Governor Brad Little.

After a full career as a teacher and school administrator, Carolyn decided to continue devoting herself to the service of others and became not only part of the hospital’s volunteer team but a true leader in it.

Carolyn has been the President of the Gritman Auxiliary in Moscow for the past three years. This is a busy job and she shares hundreds of hours with the hospital each year. From her compassionate care for patients in Wound Care and other areas of the hospital, to fundraising for scholarships and helping in the vibrant hospital gift shop, there aren’t too many places in the hospital Carolyn isn’t known.

Dedicated volunteers like Carolyn aren’t one trick ponies. Carolyn’s drive to serve others expands beyond the hospital throughout both Moscow and Potlatch where she helps out in festivals, the museum and historical groups, her church, the League of Women Voters and many other organizations.

In presenting her award, Governor Little said, “In a community of outstanding volunteers, Carolyn rises above in her dedication, service and joyful volunteering.”

Indeed she does, and IHA is honored to name Carolyn the 2020 Leader of Volunteer Excellence award recipient.