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Albuquerque Business First

Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First

Ginny McElyea has been at it for 25 years, and at age 90 she’s not about to stop volunteering her time at Lovelace Women’s Hospital.

“I love to be active and it gives me a good feeling. I started [volunteering] after I retired because I wanted to do something,” McElyea said.

McElyea was one of 67 volunteers honored Friday by Lovelace Health System with a luncheon at Sandia Resort and Casino.

Those honored have each put in anywhere from 100 to 15,000 hours of volunteer time at Lovelace’s six hospitals. Overall, Lovelace has 400 volunteers who work information desks, bring beverages to patients, cuddle babies and more. Those volunteers give a combined average of 40,000 hours a year to the Lovelace system, said Dorrie Abeyta, volunteer coordinator at Lovelace Medical Center.

“We can’t provide services and meet the needs of the community without volunteers,” Lovelace Westside Hospital CEO Farron Sneed told the audience.

McElyea was honored for having given 4,500 hours of volunteer time to Lovelace Women’s Hospital.

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