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 — Vital transportation

But making the run from the parking lot, up the hill to the hospital and back is the SaintMobile drivers’ primary duty.

“There are people who regularly tell us they couldn’t visit the hospital without those (the SaintMobiles) because of the hill or their inability to walk,” Shreve said. “Some of them can make it up the hill and can’t make it down, some of them can make it down the hill and can’t make it up.”

Many people are surprised when a SaintMobile pulls up near their car, Shreve said.

“You can’t believe the number of people that tell us, ‘I’ve been to hospitals everywhere and I’ve never, ever been anywhere that they would transport us,’” Shreve said.

“I’ve had several say that there was only maybe one hospital in Oklahoma that had this service available,” said SaintMobile driver A.Z. Callicoat. “The vast majority don’t offer any type of transportation.”

The entire program is volunteer-centered, Shreve said. St. Mary’s volunteers buy and maintain the carts with money earned from fundraisers, donations and proceeds from the hospital gift shop.

“We had two fairly large donations last year,” Shreve said, “people who just appreciated the service.”

SaintMobile drivers also are the recipients of occasional tips from happy passengers, Shreve said.

“I had one today,” said Callicoat.

“Every little bit helps,” Shreve said.

Just that one percent ...

By far the majority of passengers are happy with the SaintMobile service, Shreve said, but on occasion the drivers’ reception is as cold as a windy winter day.

“Occasionally some aren’t as pleasant as the vast majority,” said Callicoat.

“I’ve had drivers quit because passengers would just read them the riot act,” Shreve said. “They don’t like that.”

SaintMobile drivers, Shreve stressed, “can’t pick up everybody.” Occasionally people get upset about being passed up.

“The last driver I had quit, he was out there by himself and he had more passengers than he could carry,” said Shreve. “He went to get them and they read him the riot act from the time he got there. Then, he took them back out there, and they chewed on him again. That was his last day.”

Fortunately, however, the vast majority of passengers appreciate the SaintMobiles and their drivers.

“Ninety-nine percent, I would say,” Shreve said, “more than 99 percent.”

‘Always stand more drivers’

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Progress 2012
  • onlineheader.jpg 2012 ON THE HORIZON

    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


    February 18, 2012 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • Sandbox Learning Center_Ella Mae Loggins_BV.jpg Foster Grandparents: The solver of all problems

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

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • 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.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • 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.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos