Lucille Calk began volunteering in August of 1983 when North Monroe Hospital opened its door to the community. In November of 2005 St. Francis Medical Center acquired North Monroe Hospital which is now known as St. Francis North Hospital. As of July 3, 2007, Lucille has volunteered 10,387 hours of service cumulatively to North Monroe Hospital and St. Francis North Hospital. During the transition Lucille has been steadfast in her commitment to serving others. With humility and compassion she has brought comfort and hope to patients and their families during their times of need.
During her 24 years of service, Mrs. Calk has held many positions as a volunteer. Her many volunteer duties have included: volunteering at the information desk where she delivered flowers and patient's mail, assisting the nurses in the women and children's unit, helping to register and transport patients in the outpatient surgery area, comforting families in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, and working in the gift shop. At the age of 81, Lucille currently works 4 days a week in the gift shop. She has had an immense impact within the volunteer program through her vast array of volunteer activities.
Since 1983, Mrs. Calk has had many positions on the Auxiliary Executive Board. She has been President for 4 years, Vice President for 4 years, Secretary for 4 years, and a Member-at-Large for 6 years. She currently holds the position of Vice-President on the Auxiliary Executive Board.
As an Auxiliary, Mrs. Calk has been instrumental in raising $200,000 to help solve community concerns. Over the years, a major portion of these funds, $150,000, has been contributed to the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the form of scholarships for students studying in the Allied Health fields. Funds in the amount of $20,000 have been given to community non-profit organizations such as, the Northeast Louisiana Food Bank, the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans home, and to the American Heart Association. In addition, a benevolent fund in the amount of $5,000 has been established to aid needy families in the community. Most recently, $25,000 was donated to St. Francis North Hospital for renovations that will benefit our patients, physicians and staff.