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Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital Names Volunteer of the Year
07/08/2008

BEDFORD, Texas – Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital recently named Francine Farrelly of Bedford, the hospital’s “Sunshine Chair” and resident firecracker, as Volunteer of the Year.

Volunteer of the Year

Francine Farrelly (center) was honored by Harris Methodist H•E•B President Debbie Paganelli (left) and Carolyn Braxton, director of volunteer services.

“It has often been said ‘good things come in small packages’ and that is certainly true of Francine,” said Carolyn Braxton, director of volunteer services at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital. “She may be small in stature, but she is known for her larger-than-life personality. Anytime she is involved, we have learned to expect the unexpected.”

A volunteer since 2003, Farrelly is known for her sunny and boisterous personality. She works in the hospital’s Gift Shoppe and workroom checking in merchandise, pricing items and setting up displays. Farrelly also serves on the Auxiliary’s Board of Directors, serving as the “Sunshine Chair,” a position dedicated to cheeriness and encouragement.

It is not unusual for Farrelly to stop what she is doing to help answer questions, provide directions or simply smile and acknowledge our patients and guests. She is truly a dynamic force in her commitment as a volunteer, Braxton said.

“With her enthusiasm, big smile and can-do-attitude, it is very evident she loves our hospital and her work as a volunteer,” Braxton said.

Farrelly was named Volunteer of the Year at the Auxiliary’s Annual Awards and Officer Installation luncheon June 20.

About Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital
Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, is a 284-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. Services provided at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery and a dedicated cardiac care unit, cardiac rehabilitation, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and psychiatric and addiction treatment.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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