Eva Newsome of the McDuffie Regional Medical Center has received a state-wide award of excellence for her work as director of volunteer services.
The Harlem woman received the Wyn Award at the annual meeting of the Georgia Society of Directors of Volunteer Services held at the King and Prince Hotel on St. Simon's Island March 23.
McDuffie Regional Medical Center's Eva Newsome poses with her award.
"We are thrilled that she was selected from the entire state for this prestigious award and it certainly speaks well for her, our hospital and our community at large," said MRMC CEO Doug Keir.
"I was astounded," said Mrs. Newsome when she heard her name announced at the awards portion of the annual conference.
Mrs. Newsome was one of three final nominees for the award, and was vying for the honor along with representatives from major hospitals in Atlanta and Columbus.
"I really didn't anticipate winning it," she said.
In addition to the prestigious award, named for Wyn Zeh, the first president of the society, Mrs. Newsome received congratulations from family and friends alike.
"I was given roses by my hospital, by my volunteer society, my husband, my best friend and my auxiliary. I am still celebrating," she said.
To be eligible for the Wyn Award, nominees must have served one year on the GSDVS board, promoted the mission and vision of the board, made notable contributions to the growth and development of the society, projected the image of the professional director of volunteer services and served as a mentor to peers.
Mrs. Newsome received the award, a blown glass dogwood blossom with leaves and a branch, from Nancy Williams, director of volunteer services at the Medical Center in Columbus.
"This year's recipient meets and exceeds all criteria," Ms. Williams said when announcing the winner.
"She has served on the board in many positions. She continues that leadership and dedication to her hospital and her auxiliary. Her CEO refuses to let her retire until he does. The auxiliary president said she is the reason the auxiliary is now 60 volunteers strong and that she has made a once struggling chaplains' program a very positive part of the hospital ministry," said Ms. Williams.
"Dedication to the profession, to her hospital and to her auxiliary is only surpassed by her dedication to her family. Her family goes beyond the blood line and into the love line, for she loves her family and friends passionately," Ms. Williams added.
Mrs. Newsome said she was honored to be selected.
"Coming from a small hospital, there is no limit to what you can do. You just have to apply yourself."