The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

April 14, 2012

A positive interaction

Hospitals’ helpers find their rewards in assisting others

ENID — Work often is something people do simply because they have to make a living. But volunteering is strictly a labor of love.

Such is the case for Karen Vanover and A.Z. Callicoat. Both 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.

‘It’s just rewarding’

Callicoat has volunteered at St. Mary’s since 2002. Besides being one of 18 drivers for the SaintMobile golf carts that transport patients and visitors to and from the hospital, the 2010 volunteer of the year is in charge of the hospital’s Response Link program.

Response Link is a medical alert program provided through St. Mary’s, Callicoat said. At present, around 120 units are in service throughout the area.

“As long as there’s a landline telephone and an electrical outlet, that’s about all we need,” he said.

Participants have a button they can push in event of an emergency, he said. Pushing the button alerts the Response Link call center, which then contacts a friend, neighbor or family member and asks them to check on the patient.

“Somebody that the customer feels comfortable allowing in their home,” he said.

Callicoat, who retired after a 37-year career with OG&E Electric Services, said he began volunteering because “I felt like giving back to the community,” he said. “I just thought that was an important thing to do. You’re a citizen here, support your community.”

Volunteering, he said, is “very rewarding.”

Callicoat said he gets most of his satisfaction from volunteering as the result of his interaction with the people he serves.

“Almost all the people you transport back and forth from the parking lot up here, you interact with them,” he said. “I just like that.”

Callicoat said he encourages people to give it a try.

“I’d say it’s just rewarding,” he said.

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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


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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.

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    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

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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.

    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.

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