Hastings Hospital auxiliary group needs volunteers

BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
07/06/2016 01:00 PM
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W.W. Hastings Hospital auxiliary volunteers Colleen Ketcher, left, and Jimmie Holland discuss plans for the volunteer group during a June 14 meeting at the hospital in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The auxiliary needs volunteers to assist in areas of the hospital. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The auxiliary volunteer group at W.W. Hastings Hospital is always looking for more help and is again putting out a call for volunteers.

The group has nine regular volunteers down from its usual number of 12.

“It would be nice to get enough people to where we didn’t have to double up so much (work two different shifts). Being upstairs is a long day. When they work upstairs from early in the morning to who knows when, that is a long day,” volunteer Colleen Ketcher said. “I really enjoy working here. It’s been 20-something years that I’ve volunteered.”

Upstairs is the third floor with patient rooms and where surgeries occur. Volunteers assist with taking phone calls from family members inquiring about a person in surgery and help family members in the waiting room feel more comfortable.

Volunteers also maintain a gift shop near the hospital’s pharmacy where they sell candy, snacks, jewelry and T-shirts. Money from items sold has been used to buy rocking chairs for the hospital’s nursery and cell phone charging stations for four areas in the hospital.

“The patients and the staff have really enjoyed having those here,” Ketcher said of the stations.

Funds raised have also been used to buy chair beds for people wishing to stay extended periods with their loved ones in a hospital room, extra large wheelchairs, a wheelchair and teddy bears for the operating room area, car seats for patients who can’t afford them for their newborns and a bassinet for babies.

“We try to give every baby that leaves here a blanket,” Ketcher said. “In general, when they (staff) come and say they need something we try to donate. That’s what we’re here for, the patients, and we do our best to do whatever we can for them.”

After Betty Lunsford moved to Tahlequah and began using the hospital for her medical care, she said she began thinking about volunteering to give back to the hospital. She said she volunteers at Hastings because its staff was “good to her mother” when she was dying.

“She was here in ICU (Intensive Care Unit) when she passed away, and they were so good to us. And then I had a brother who passed away here, too, and they went out of their way to help us up there in ICU,” she said. “If someone has hours to give, like me, I’m alone, do I want to sit at home all the time and be lonely or had I rather be out with someone else and have the companionship and helping someone?”

Phyllis Jimmeye volunteers to give back to the facility she worked at for more than 20 years.

“I volunteer because I worked here for over 20 years. This is a way that I can still have contact with people that I worked with, and plus I’m able to see some of my family that I normally wouldn’t see because they use this facility,” she said.

The auxiliary holds meetings at 1 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public and people interested in volunteering may attend. Meetings are in the conference room of the annex building in front of the playground just west of the hospital’s main entrance on the third floor. People interested in volunteering or wanting more information should call 918-458-3100, ext. 4127.

“If someone really wants to get a blessing, I think this is a good place to get one because whatever you give, you’re going to get back way more,” Ketcher said. “These patients are so grateful just for a smile. When you’re sick just a smile or a greeting like ‘good morning,’ that’s something they really love.”
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ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎩ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ W.W.Hastings Hospital ᏂᎪᎯᎸᎢ ᏚᏂᏲᎰᎢ ᎤᏂᎪᏗ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙᎯ ᎠᎴ Ꮓ ᎠᏏᏊ ᏓᏂᏯᏂᎭ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙᎯ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎩ ᏐᏁᎳ ᏚᏂᎧᎭ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙᎯ 12 Ꮓ ᎢᏳᏂᏨᎢᎴ.

“ᎣᏏᏃ ᏱᎩ ᎡᎵᎢ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏗᎬᏯᏅᏗ ᏱᎩ ᏴᏫ ᎥᏝᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏎ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᏱᎦᎩ (ᏔᎵ ᎢᏧᏓᎴᎢ ᏗᎬᎯᎸᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ). ᎦᎸᎳᏗᏃ ᏕᎧᏅᏑᎸᎢ ᏴᏯᎢ ᎪᎯᏗᏃ ᎨᏐᎢ ᏴᎪᏓᏩ. ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᏱᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎭ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏕᎧᏅᏑᎸᎢ ᏑᎾᎴᎢ ᏂᏗᎬᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᎠᏅᏘᏊ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᏅᎯᏗᏳ ᏴᎪᏓᏩ,” ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩᏃ Colleen Ketcher ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏐᎢ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏓᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ. 20 Ꮓ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᎠᎭᏂ.”

ᎦᎸᎳᏗᏃ ᏕᎧᏅᏑᎸᎢ ᏦᎢᏁᎢ ᎠᏲᏓᏝᎲᎢ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎤᏂᏴᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏕᎧᏅᏑᎳ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏧᎾᏓᏰᎸᏍᏗᎢ.
ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᏗᏟᏃᎮᏗᎢ ᏙᏗᏅᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏧᏂᎦᏛᎲᏍᎬᎢ ᏄᏛᎿᏕᎬᎢ ᎠᏥᏰᎶᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎠᎾᏓᎬᏘᏯ ᎣᏍᏓᏊ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ.

ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩᏃ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᎢ ᎠᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᏩᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᏓᎿᏅᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎾᎥᏂᎨᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏢᎩᎢ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎤᏂᏯᏙᎢᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎤᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗᎢ, ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗ, ᏗᏯᏟᏗ ᎠᎴ T-ᏗᎿᏬᎢ. ᎠᏕᎳᏃ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᎾᏕᎬᎢ ᎠᏕᎳᏃ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏗᏟᎨᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᏍᎩᎶ ᏧᏂᏩᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏧᏂᏢᎩᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᏧᏂᏗᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏟᏃᎮᏗᎢ ᏗᎾᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎡᎳᏗ ᏂᏕᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏧᏄᏓᎸᏗᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏅᎩᎭ ᏂᏚᏓᎴᎠ ᏚᏙᏢᎭ ᎥᎿ ᏧᏂᏢᎩᎢ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᎳ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎣᏍᏓᏃ ᎤᏂᏰᎸᏐᎢ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏥᏕᎪᏢᎭ,” Ketcher Z ᏙᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ.

ᎠᏕᎳᏃ ᎤᏂᏟᏌᏅᎢ ᏧᏅᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᏍᎩᎶ ᏗᏍᎦᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏴᏫ ᏧᏅᏙᏗ ᏳᎾᏚᎵ ᎪᎯᏗ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᏩᏛᎯᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᏧᏂᎨᏳᎯ ᎥᎿ ᏧᏂᏢᎩᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᏧᏔᏂ ᏗᎦᏍᎩᎶ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᏍᎩᏕ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᎠᎴ ᏲᎾ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏅᏙᏗ ᎥᎿ ᏧᎾᏓᏰᎵᏍᏗᎢ, ᏗᎦᏚᎴᏂ ᏗᎦᏍᎩᎳᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏅᏙᏗ ᎡᎵ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎯ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏧᏂᏩᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏅᏙᏗ ᎾᏂᏓᎨᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏍᏗ ᎤᏅᏢᏗᎢ.

“ᎣᏣᏁᏟᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎾᏂᎥᎢ ᏧᎾᏍᏗ ᏦᏥᏅᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᏰᎦᏟ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Ketcher. “ᏄᏓᎴᏒᏭ, ᎾᎯᏳᏃ (ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ) ᏳᏂᎷᏥ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎬᎬᎢ ᏳᎾᏛᎾ ᎣᏣᏁᏟᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᏱᏦᏣᏛᏁᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮓ ᏄᏰᏟᏗ ᏦᏕᎰᎢ. ᏦᏥᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗ ᏧᎾᏓᏂᎵ, ᎠᎴ ᎣᏣᏁᏟᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᏫᏓᏤᏢᎢ ᎢᏲᎦᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᏦᏥᏍᏕᏟᏗᎢ.”

Betty Lunsford Ꮓ ᏓᎵᏆ ᎤᎷᏥ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎴᏅᎯ ᎬᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏧᏂᏢᎩᎢ ᎠᎦᎦᏌᏍᏛᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᎴᏅᎲᎢ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᏟᏗᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏧᏂᏢᎩᎢ. ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎥᎿ Hastings ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᎿ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ “ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏄᏅᎿᏕᎬᎢ ᎤᏥ” ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᏲᎱᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᎠᎭᏂᏃ ICU ᎠᏯᎥᎢ (Intensive Care Unit) ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᎤᏲᎱᏌ, ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏂᎪᎬᎿᏕᎬᎢ ᎪᎬᎦᏎᏍᏛᎢ. ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎥᎩᏙ ᎠᎩᎧᎲᎢ ᎠᎭᏊ ᎤᏲᎱᏒᎢ, ᎾᏍᏊ, ᎠᎴ Ꮓ ᏄᏂᏤᎲᎢ ᎪᎩᏍᏕᎸᎲᎢ ᎥᎿ ICU,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
“ᎢᏳᏃ ᎩᎶ ᏯᏓᎯᏕᎢ ᎤᏓᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ, ᎠᏯᏃ ᎠᏋᏌ, ᎠᏆᏚᎵᏍᎪᏅ ᏗᏇᏅᏒᎢ ᎠᏆᏗᎢ ᏂᎪᎯᎸᎢ ᎠᎴᏃᎨ ᎠᎩᏐᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᎴᏃᎨ ᎩᎶᎢ ᏲᎩᎾᎵᏲᎠ ᎠᎴᏃᎨ ᎩᎶᎢ ᏲᎩᎾᎵᏲᎾ ᎩᎶᎢ ᎣᏍᏗᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ?”

Phyllis Jimmeye ᎠᏓᏍᏕᎵᎠ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᏟᏗᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ 20 ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᎾᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪᎢ.

“ ᎦᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ 20 ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏓᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎳ ᎠᎭᏂ. ᎯᎠᏃ ᏥᏚᏍᏗᏗ ᏰᎵᏊ ᎠᏏ ᎬᎬᏥᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎢᎩ ᏴᏫ ᏦᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏰᎵᎢ ᎬᎦᏥᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎢᎩ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎣᏥᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏧᏙᏢᎭ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎾᎫᏍᎬᎢ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎪᎢ 1p.m. ᏂᎪᎯᎸᎢ ᏔᎵᏁ ᏔᎵᏁᎢᎦ ᏏᏅᏓ ᏳᏓᎵ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᎦᎪᎢ ᎤᏪᏓᏍᏗᏊ ᎠᎴ Ꮓ ᎩᎶᎢ ᏳᎦᏛᏂᏙᎠ ᏳᏚᎵᎠ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏗᎢ ᎤᏪᏓᏍᏗᏊ ᎤᏪᎳᏗᏍᏗᏊ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎪᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏭᏂᏅᏑᎳᏅᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏧᎾᏁᏟᏗᎢ ᎢᎬᏱᏗᏜ ᎢᎪᏢᎭ ᎥᎿᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᏢᎩᎢ ᎤᏕᎵᎬᎢ ᏗᏜ ᎥᎿ ᏧᏂᏢᎩᎢ ᏩᏴᏍᏗᎲᎢ ᏦᎢᏁᏃ ᎠᏲᏓᏝᎲᎢ. ᎩᎶᏃ ᏳᏚᎵᎠ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᏟᏗᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏳᏚᎵᎠ ᎤᎪᏗ ᎤᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᏳᎦᏛᏂᏓ ᏭᏙᏗ 918-458-3100, ext. 4127.

“ᎢᏳᏃ ᎩᎶᎢ ᏙᏳᎢ ᏳᎸᎵᎠ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏅᏓᏰᏥᏍᏕᏟᏗᎢ, ᎠᏯᏃ ᏂᎨᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎤᏙᏢᎭ ᎤᏩᏛᏗᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎢᏳᏍᏗᏃ ᎭᏓᏁᎲᎢ, ᎧᏁᏉᎩᏃ ᎢᏣᎩᏏᏐᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Ketcher. “ᎯᎠᏃ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎢᎦᏃ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᎪᎢ. ᏱᏣᏓᏂᎵᏃ ᎩᎶᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏯᏓᏟᏃᎮᏗᎭ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏑᎾᎴᎢ ᏯᎾᏓᏲᎵᎭ ‘ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᏑᎾᎴᎢ’ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏙᏳᎢ ᎤᏂᎸᏉᏙᎢ.”

– Translated by David Crawler

About the Author
Will Chavez is a Cherokee/San Felipe Pueblo Indian who has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 25 years. During that time he has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a writer, reporter and photographer for the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers. 

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Will Chavez is a Cherokee/San Felipe Pueblo Indian who has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 25 years. During that time he has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a writer, reporter and photographer for the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers. For many years h ...

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