Philanthropy is defined as a spirit of goodwill toward all people; or a charitable act or gift. Each year, INTEGRIS Health presents the Philanthropist of the Year award to a deserving community member who continuously gives of themselves.
This year, the prestigious honor was awarded to all seven INTEGRIS Health Volunteer Auxiliaries throughout the state. (story continues below)
There are over 800 volunteers across the INTEGRIS Health system, ranging in age from two to 102. The youngest is a two-year-old pet therapy pup and the most senior is Ruby Wilson at INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center who just celebrated her 102nd birthday.
INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center Founded: 1957 Worked more than 726 thousand service hours Philanthropic giving has exceeded $412 thousand dollars INTEGRIS Health Baptist Medical Center Founded: 1960 Worked more than 3 million service hours Philanthropic giving has exceeded $20 million dollars INTEGRIS Health Miami Hospital Founded: 1961 Worked more than 127 thousand service hours Philanthropic giving has exceeded $170 thousand dollars INTEGRIS Health Grove Hospital Founded: 1964 Worked more than 726 thousand service hours Philanthropic giving has exceeded $401 thousand dollars INTEGRIS Health Southwest Medical Center Founded: 1965 Worked more than 582 thousand service hours Philanthropic giving has exceeded $2.8 million dollars INTEGRIS Health Canadian Valley Hospital Founded: 2001 Worked more than: 443 thousand service hours Philanthropic giving has exceeded $326 thousand dollars INTEGRIS Health Edmond Founded: 2011 Worked more than 44 thousand service hours Philanthropic giving has exceeded $180 thousand dollars
Historically, INTEGRIS Health volunteers have exceeded 5.3 million service hours and given more than 25 million dollars to the health care system. They have helped fund major projects like the INTEGRIS Health Hospice House, INTEGRIS Health Cancer Institute and Arcadia Trails Center for Addiction Recovery. They have also helped purchase public safety vehicles, hospital helipads, cardiac equipment, wheelchairs and baby isolettes.
The Philanthropist of the Year award was given during the annual INTEGRIS Health Foundation gala. Vanessa Hunholz, a volunteer at INTEGRIS Health Baptist Medical Center, accepted the award on behalf of all seven facility auxiliaries.
“On behalf of the hundreds of INTEGRIS Health volunteers from across the state, we thank the Foundation for this honor. We come from different places in life with varied experiences and talents and diverse gifts. The common thread is the desire to serve and give back to our communities.”
Hunholz adds, “No matter which INTEGRIS Health campus is our home, we serve with no expectation of awards or recognition. So this tremendous honor is humbly accepted with our deepest gratitude.”
If you are interested in becoming an INTEGRIS Health volunteer, please visit integrisok.com/volunteer. For questions, call Volunteer Services at 405-949-3183.