Published on October 29, 2010

Baptist Golden Triangle Auxiliary Names Volunteer of the Year

COLUMBUS, Miss. -The Baptist Golden Triangle Auxiliary has named Joyce Chaltry its volunteer of the year.

Chaltry began volunteering at Baptist Golden Triangle in 1998, and she has accumulated more than 5,000 hours of service to the Auxiliary. She volunteers in the gift shop where, among other responsibilities, she makes sure there is always plenty of candy for the guests and employees. She also serves as the corresponding secretary on the Auxiliary Board.

"Joyce always has a smile or a kind word for everyone she sees," says Martha McGahey, volunteer coordinator at Baptist Golden Triangle. "She exemplifies volunteerism, and I am proud she has been given this honor."

The Baptist Golden Triangle Auxiliary, started in 1970, has around 100 members. The group raises money exclusively within the hospital through fundraising projects and through sales from the gift shop, which is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In 2009, Baptist Golden Triangle Auxiliary members donated more than 21,000 hours to the hospital, valued at more than $463,000. In addition, the group gave the hospital more than $26,000 in items for patient care and comfort; including special post-surgery camisoles for breast cancer patients; flat screen televisions for the hospital's cancer center; and a new, six-foot marble scripture plaque for the lobby of the patient tower.

With 328 beds, Baptist Golden Triangle is the largest regional hospital affiliated with the Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist Memorial Health Care system. More than 100 physicians and surgeons, who represent almost every medical specialty, practice at the hospital, which offers a full range of comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages. The hospital offers a variety of services to the community, including the Baptist Centers for Cancer Care, hospice for the terminally ill, Baptist Behavioral Health Care-Willowbrook for those with behavioral and mental health problems, an emergency room with 24-hour ambulance service, an extensive rehabilitation department and educational programs. Baptist Golden Triangle employs more than 1,000 health care professionals. For more information, please call 662-244-1000 or visit


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