Meg Steele, Past President of The Washington Hospital Auxiliary, honored at the 2015 Evening of Recognition
Washington Health System Foundation held its annual Evening of Recognition at Destiny Hill Farm on Thursday, September 17. The Foundation presented the 2015 Distinguished Service Award to Meg Steele for their generosity and support of Washington Health System:
Rarely a day goes by at the Washington Hospital that you won’t see Meg Steele there. You would think that she’s being well-paid for all of her time, but on the contrary, she’s one of the hardest working and dedicated volunteers you will ever meet.
As a member of The Washington Hospital Auxiliary, Meg gives her time every week to run the hospital’s gift shop. If she’s not traveling the world, Meg is at the hospital.
After retiring from Hankinson International where she worked for 18 years, Meg was encouraged to volunteer at the hospital by longtime volunteer, Alice Livingston. She started in the Women’s Health Center then moved to helping in the gift shop. She’s served as secretary then moved into the President’s position where she served for four years. During that time she was instrumental in the renovation and expansion of the gift shop which hadn’t been updated in 35 years.
A new POS cash register system was installed along with overhauling the inventory process which includes buying and monitoring inventory. Instead of sales reps coming to the hospital to sell their products as done in the past, Meg and fellow Auxilian and past president, Laura Adams, have traveled to gift shows in Atlanta, Columbus and Philadelphia each year to order their merchandise for the coming year. This has resulted in more efficiency, and ultimately a greater profit margin.
Meg is proud to note that the hospital gift shop is still run by volunteers, which is rare these days when most hospitals have turned to paid staff to manage the gift shop operation. . After serving two terms as president for the Auxiliary, Meg decided to stay on as a gift shop volunteer, serving as its manager and most days you’ll see her stocking the shelves, taking inventory or working the register.
Meg also gives her time to her church, Faith United Presbyterian, where she is an elder and has served as a deacon, treasurer and clerk of sessions. She also ran the Daffodil Days campaign for the local American Cancer Society for a number of years.
Meg and her husband of 35 years, Harry, have traveled the world and she’s happy to tell you about the next trip she has planned. She’s even happier to tell you about her six grandchildren.
The Washington Hospital and the Washington Health System have been greatly impacted by the Auxiliary and volunteers for more than 100 years. Meg Steele has made sure, through the advances that have occurred during her tenure, they will be instrumental for 100 more.
Washington Health System donors are recognized in the following ways:
The 1897 Society members are recognized on the Donor Recognition Plaque within Washington Hospital, as well as in the Washington Health System Donor Listings. Members are also invited to exclusive events through the year.
Washington Health System Donor Listings recognize annual gifts of $100 or more.
The Orchard Society members, who make annual gifts of $250 or more, are recognized on the Donor Recognition Plaque within Washington Hospital.
Commemorative Gifts of all sizes to Washington Health System or Hospice Care are made in honor of someone on a special occasion or as a memorial to someone who has passed away. Acknowledgments are sent to the family or loved one as appropriate. Hospice Care memorial donors are listed online quarterly.
The Tree of Life is a beautiful bronze tree located in Washington Hospital’s main lobby. It is a special way to commemorate a loved one and support Washington Health System. Each leaf or stone bears the name(s) of the honoree as specified by the donor.
The Legacy Library, a commemorative giving recognition piece for donations to Hospice Care, is a painted mural of books with plaques, made to look like the book spines, bearing the names of individuals touched by Hospice Care. The library is located on the first floor of Donnell House.
The Commemorative Garden, located in front of Donnell House, is paved with bricks inscribed with the names of donors and loved ones who have received Hospice Care services.
Donor Plaques are located throughout Washington Hospital as naming opportunities for the donors of major gifts (e.g., an operating suite, patient unit, waiting area, patient room, etc.)