Press Release

Margie Beadles to Chair AHA's Committee on Volunteers

Margie Beadles, volunteer/auxilian at CoxHealth in Springfield, MO, is the 2017 chair of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Committee on Volunteers. 

The Committee on Volunteers is concerned with the roles, responsibilities, and services of organized volunteers and auxilians, as well as the community perspective they provide for the health care field. The committee supports the AHA mission and policy agenda by its activities in public policy development; participates in AHA grassroots advocacy; provides the Association with the benefit of its community perspective on issues related to the health care field; and serves as the selection committee for the AHA's Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE Awards).

Beadles serves as an auxilian/volunteer and as a member of the Hospital Advisory Board at CoxHealth. She served as a steering committee member in the development and implementation of the CoxHealth Patient and Family Advisory Committee in 2012. She is a past president of the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries. In 2010 and 2013 she served on AHA’s Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals conference planning committees. As a past president of her local Rotary chapter and board member of the Finley River Community Foundation, she stays active in her community. As one of five founders, she currently serves as the first president of Impact 100 Ozark promoting philanthropy among women. A retired educator and administrator, Margie received her bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in educational administration from Missouri State University.

Lynn Smith, volunteer/auxilian at CHI St. Vincent-Hot Springs, Hot Springs, AR, is the immediate past chair. 

New appointees elected to serve on the council for three-year terms are: Jerry Berley, volunteer at Ouachita County Medical Center, Camden, AR; Marlene Cochran, volunteer/auxilian at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore, MD; Sandra Marshall, CAVS, director of public relations, philanthropy and volunteer services at LRGHealthcare, Laconia, NH; Nancy Viele, volunteer/auxilian at Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI; Yolanda Voigt, CAVS, director of Aspirus volunteers, Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau, WI (serving a one-year term); and Kristy Fidler, CAVS, director of volunteer services at Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, WV.

About the Committee on Volunteers

The Committee on Volunteers is concerned with the roles, responsibilities, and services of organized volunteers and auxilians, as well as the community perspective they provide for the health care field. The committee supports the AHA mission and policy agenda by its activities in public policy development; participates in AHA grassroots advocacy; provides the Association with the benefit of its community perspective on issues related to the health care field; and serves as the selection committee for the AHA's Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE Awards).

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.

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