Anita Burg, age 94, is retiring as a Hill Country Memorial Hospital volunteer and charter member of the auxiliary after 43 years of service—the longest serving active volunteer in hospital history. Anita drove from Stonewall every week for her 4-hour shift and would often volunteer while others were on vacation. She loved keeping busy delivering flowers, taking visitors to their destination, delivering meals and anything else that was asked of her. At the time of her retirement, Anita worked at the front desk. Her cheerful attitude and helpfulness will be missed by all those patients she served over the years and the medical professionals and other volunteers with whom she worked.
For those unfamiliar with the Hill Country Memorial Auxiliary (the official name of the volunteer organization), perhaps a little history is in order. The Auxiliary was actually formed several years before the hospital to help with the fund raising campaign for the new hospital. They raised $6000 to publish an informative tabloid in preparation for fund-raising for Hill Country Memorial Hospital. Community leaders responded very positively to this effort and felt strongly that this new hospital should not be supported by city or county tax dollars and should have a non-profit tax status. After a door to door fundraising campaign, 93% of Gillespie Country residents committed funds to the building of Hill Country Memorial Hospital.
In the beginning years volunteers often ironed bed linens, answered the switchboard, and greeted visitors at the front door. In the evenings they would give out a cup of ice cream right before bedtime or a beer as long as they had a Doctor’s order. They cleaned, they encouraged and cheered up patients and their loved ones, they ran errands and, in short, did everything that has helped make the Hill Country Memorial Hospital one of the 100 best hospitals in the United States. And Anita Burg did it all!
If you would like more information on volunteering at the hospital please call Linda Davis at (830)997-1307 or visit www.volunteermatch.org for a listing of some of our volunteer opportunities.