The Baylor Scott & White Auxiliary – Waxahachie has had a lot of dedicated volunteers since its creation over 50-plus years ago. And from time to time, there is a particular person that stands out for his or her outstanding above-and-beyond service to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center — Waxahachie and the Auxiliary.
A committee consisting of Sheron Allen, Joan Powell, Sherry Dicks, Billie McCullough, along with chairperson Sue Simmons, recently nominated Pat Redding as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year. The Baylor Auxiliary Board later accepted the recommendation.
Redding has volunteered for two-and-a-half years and has worked over 1,800 hours in several areas throughout the hospital. She volunteers in ICU, surgery guests services, and women’s health unit, while also working at the Thrift Store on College Street.
Additionally, Redding subs in various departments when the need arises for those who have to be away from their positions. In ICU, Redding answers the phone, makes coffee for visitors, communicates with families and keeps the ICU team up-to-date on any issues that may arise. She makes copies for the nurses, makes packets and any other tasks to help out the nurses — all while maintaining a friendly smile and making anyone who she comes into contact with feel special.
Redding also serves on the board of directors of the Baylor Scott & White Auxiliary and recording secretary to the board.
She has a son, Jimmy, and his wife, Linda, as well as a 16-year old grandson, Josh, who plays on the Waxahachie Indian soccer team. Redding also has a grandson, Brian, and great-granddaughter, Harley living in Houston. In Atlanta, Georgia, Redding has a granddaughter Joey and husband, Tyler and great-granddaughter, Caroline.
Redding not only works her areas but takes on special projects for the nursing team.
For instance, in January she volunteered for the education fair. She made sure the nurses and techs were registered and filled out their paperwork correctly. Redding has received several nominations for five-star awards because of her passion for getting projects completed. She also volunteers at community events and recently helped with the Women for Life event. She volunteered her Saturday to help register guests, guide guests to their next designation and helped with clean up after the event was over.
Redding is not new to volunteering. In 1990, Pat and her husband moved to Arkansas and there they joined a volunteer fire department. Redding was a certified firefighter and first responder for 15 years. Their lives revolved around the fire department and helping their small rural community.
In 2007, she and her husband needed to be closer to their son due to her husband’s health, so they moved to Waxahachie.
After her husband passed away, Redding needed to find something to occupy her time. She looked into several areas of volunteering in order to get involved in the community and make new friends. She decided Baylor Scott and White Hosptial would provide her with the things she needed in keeping active and meeting new people. The opportunity to work in different areas of the hospital has made her more aware that as volunteers we can make a difference.
Redding quickly realized she needed to be involved not just for social activities but to feel like she had accomplished something and that what she does makes a difference. She says she has made friends and thoroughly enjoys sharing her time with them.
Redding's other activities include watching her grandson play soccer, playing games on her iPad and keeping in touch with friends on the Internet. So what started as something to fill her needs has become her need to do what she can to help someone else.
Redding says she believes the staff at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center — Waxahachie and the Baylor Auxiliary appreciates what the volunteers do and that’s why she enjoys being a part of the wonderful team.