Floyd Medical Center presented Blanche Ruston with the Good Samaritan Lifetime Achievement Award for meritorious service as a volunteer with Floyd’s Auxiliary. Ruston was honored for 34 years as a volunteer.

“I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving of this honor than Blanche, who is an inspiration for all who give their time to serve others,” said Amy Astin, Director of Floyd Volunteer Services. “Even after celebrating her one hundredth birthday this year, she still gives of her time to help our patients and their families.”

The award was presented Thursday at Floyd’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon at Berry College’s Krannert Center, as part of Floyd’s commemoration of April as National Volunteer Appreciation Month.  The luncheon honors the more than 200 volunteers who serve at Floyd Medical Center and Polk Medical Center. Volunteers are recognized for their dedication and contribution to the Floyd Medical Center Auxiliary, Heyman HospiceCare and Floyd Healthcare Foundation.

Additionally, Jeanne Wright was named Good Samaritan Volunteer of the Year. Wright has volunteered at Floyd for 6 years, working in the gift shop, and serving as secretary and vendor chairman for the Auxiliary.

“I helped my mother through an illness for a period of about five years,” Wright said.  “During that time, the doctors and nurses were so caring that I knew I wanted to give back in the same way, and I get to do that at Floyd.”

Along with Wright, seven other individuals were nominated for the Good Samaritan Volunteer of the Year: Ruth Brewer, Charlotte Earwood, Bobbie Franklin, Abby Holcombe, Rany Logan, March Ann Noles and Betty Payne.