OCH Employee Takes on New Role as Volunteer Services Coordinator

After working in OCH Regional Medical Center’s insurance department for three years, Lauren Gardner has stepped into a new role as volunteer services coordinator.

In this position, Gardner’s responsibilities include the recruitment, training and placement of all volunteers, as well as coordinating fundraisers, identifying volunteer needs for the Medical Center, and hosting a recognition program for auxiliary members.  In addition, Gardner oversees the Medical Center’s gift shop, which entails purchasing merchandise, maintaining accurate pricing, developing and implementing gift shop policies, staffing, and supervising the counting and reporting of cash revenues.

“The OCH Auxiliary is a great resource for the Medical Center, and I’m so proud to be a part of what they’re doing. I look forward to expanding our operations so that we can be even more beneficial to the hospital, as well as provide more scholarships for students pursuing a degree in the medical field,” stated Gardner.

“Lauren’s enthusiasm for this position has spawned great ideas and excitement among our auxiliary members.  Her energy coupled with her management and business skills makes her an asset to our team, and I look forward to seeing the growth of our auxiliary program,” said Gardner’s supervisor and marketing director Mel Thurlow.

Gardner was named OCH’s 4th quarter Employee of the Quarter of 2014 and reached the Medical Center’s top level of the employee recognition program, “SHiNE,” two years in a row.  Gardner is also a member of the Junior Auxiliary of Starkville.  She is married to J.B. Gardner, and they have two-year-old son, J.C.

The OCH Auxiliary will host its annual membership coffee on Thursday, September 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the OCH Educational Facility.  For more information about the auxiliary, visit och.org/volunteer-opportunities or call Gardner at 662-615-3065.

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