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2018 Anne Morse Volunteer Award

April 18, 2018

Brenda Kincaid was named as the 2018 Anne Morse Volunteer for her exemplary volunteerism and dedication to Community Hospital at the hospital’s volunteer luncheon held on Monday.

It has always been the American way of life for citizens to help one another. Community Hospital has been blessed through the years with thousands of volunteer hours from generous citizens from McCook and the surrounding area. One who has set records in hours of volunteerism is Anne Morse, a former Community Hospital auxiliary member.

In 2004 an anonymous donor recognized Anne’s tremendous contribution and wanted to do something special that would commemorate her years of service. With a financial gift, Sondra Johnson was commissioned to create a bust of Anne. 

In addition, the benefactor requested that a committee be formed to select someone who best exemplified Anne Morse’s dedication as a volunteer. That person would be the recipient of the Anne Morse Volunteer Award. Their name would be permanently displayed on a plaque near the sculpture of Anne which is displayed in the hallway leading to the patient wing.

While a recipient for the award is not necessarily chosen annually, this year Brenda Kincaid has been chosen as an exemplary volunteer.  Her nomination reads:

“Brenda Kincaid has been a volunteer at Community Hospital for nearly ten years. Throughout this time she has served individuals, from employees to patients to community members, with her giving attitude and love for others. She serves in various capacities, sitting on committees for the hospital’s community outreach efforts including Sterling Connection, Girl’s Night Out and Breast Cancer Awareness. While taking part in these various committees she gives of her time, talent for creativity and compassion through friendship and socialization. Brenda also assists with the American Red Cross Blood Mobile throughout the year along with the Community Health Fairs hosted by the hospital. In between these committees and events she also volunteers her time to deliver magazines throughout the hospital  and volunteers for a variety of other projects.

On top of her dedication to Community Hospital she volunteers her time with Meals on Wheels, the McCook Humane Society and the United Methodist Church.  Brenda also takes extra time to visit with residents at Brookdale and Hillcrest Nursing Home. She gives selflessly of her time talent and passion, hoping to fill the needs of our hospital and the community.  Even in times of personal struggle she is always thinking of others and how she can further provide for them.  Brenda is a pillar of strength for her friends and loved ones, leaning heavily on her faith in God and belief in a strong community.”

The Anne Morse Volunteer Award comes with a $500 gift, also given by the anonymous donor to the Community Hospital Health Foundation. The recipient of the volunteer award has the opportunity to designate an area of healthcare in which to direct the gift.

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