The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

April 14, 2012

Offering visitors, patients a lift

St. Mary’s volunteers responsible for rides to and from parking lot

ENID — Hospital visitors aren’t always in the best of moods.

But at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, 18 volunteers do their best to lighten the load, at least the burden the walk from the main parking lot places on visitors’ feet.

From 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, the 16 men and two women who drive the hospital’s SaintMobile golf carts transport hospital visitors and patients alike between their cars to the hospital and back.

Two carts are in use every day, with the third in reserve, said Harold Shreve, the volunteer who coordinates the SaintMobile program.

But SaintMobile drivers don’t only make runs between the main parking lot and the hospital. Doctors’ offices near the hospital, the Hospitality House and any of the hospital’s various parking lots also are possible destinations.

SaintMobile drivers keep track of each run and how many passengers they carry. Just about a year ago, Shreve said, the 10-year-old service topped the 1 million passenger mark.

“Our average right now is probably just a little over 400 passengers a day,” he said.

A program on the go

In 2011, in fact, SaintMobile drivers provided 104,640 rides for passengers.

They don’t keep track of their mileage, Shreve said, but SaintMobile drivers drive so many miles they manage to wear out a golf cart every year. They buy a new one every year, so the carts are on a three-year replacement cycle.

“I assure you at the end of three years they are ready to be replaced,” he said.

Comparing the SaintMobiles to carts actually used at a golf course, Shreve said, “We, in one year, get about as much use out of one of them as they do in three years at a golf course.”

The electric carts are recharged daily, Shreve said.

“We run ’em all day and charge ’em all night,” he said.

The SaintMobiles are not strictly used for transport to and from St. Mary’s, Shreve said. The carts and drivers take part in other events around town, including March of Dimes March for Babies, Relay for Life, United Way Chili Cookoff, Cherokee Strip Parade and the Feed the Neighborhood backpack giveaway at Crosslin Park.

“We do a lot of things with them rather than just transport people to and from the hospital,” Shreve said.

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Progress 2012
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    The News & Eagle puts out an annual progress edition. This year's 2012 On the Horizon focuses on developments now and in the future. The stories in text format are available by scrolling down this page.

    Links to pdf format: Economic Development I Health and Wellness I Education I Northwest Oklahoma I Family I Faith I Agriculture and Energy I Community Service

     

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  • cover.jpg Community Service

    Enid News & Eagle's 2012 On the Horizon edition concludes with the role of community service.

    Click HERE for text version of the stories.

    Click HERE for pdf version of the edition.

    April 15, 2012 1 Photo

  • Chisholm vs Okeene_6_BV.jpg Chisholm seeks consistency

    August 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • Karen Vanover_Bass Hospital Volunteer_2_BV.jpg A positive interaction

    Karen Vanover and A.Z. Callicoat are past volunteers of the year at their respective hospitals, Vanover at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center and Callicoat at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

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    “It’s something to get up for in the morning." — Foster Grandparent Ella Loggins

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  • Hedges_Carmen Ball_3_BV.jpg Hear this

    Hedges is committed to improving communications skills for those in need in northwest Oklahoma.
    Executive Director Carmen Ball said Hedges is the only full-service speech and hearing center in northwest Oklahoma.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • Stephanie Ezzell_BV.jpg Doing their part for the community

    Stephanie Ezzell is active in the community in a number of capacities, including the popular Farmers Market, on the southeast corner of Grand and Garriott.

    April 14, 2012 1 Photo

  • Keepin' Enid Green_1_BV.jpg Sorting out the service

    The curbside recycling business began after Chris Feeney of Oklahoma Employment Securities’ Material Recovery, a recycling venture, repeatedly was asked why the option wasn’t available.

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  • ESL_Emmanuel Baptist Church_4_BV.jpg Learning the language

    Volunteers at Emmanuel Baptist Church stepped up to fill that gap with free ESL instruction last January, and now they have hopes of expanding the program to better serve the community.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • First Presbyterian Church Mentoring_1_BV.jpg Tutoring joy

    Each Wednesday after school, church members pick up students — there are 23 in this year’s group — and take them to the church building for a snack, some fun and plenty of homework help.

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