Linda Vos, 2012 Volunteer of the Year
by K. Irene Stone, Executive Director, Arthur Nagel Community Clinic
Lab Tech Specialist, Linda Vos, CLT, has been elected by her peers as the 2012 Volunteer of the Year for the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic. The Pipe Creek native, Vos, who has been a volunteer at the clinic since 2010, was instrumental in setting up protocols for the clinic’s on-site laboratory. With 43 years of laboratory experience -- 28 as a clinical laboratory scientist at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio -- Vos comes in every Thursday morning to check lab procedures, run the equipment quality control checks, and perform the required weekly protocol checks. She also works one-on-one with patients, doing blood draws and administering other lab tests as needed.
“We are so fortunate to have Linda on board at the clinic,” said K. Irene Stone, Executive Director. “To have someone here of her caliber and her experience has been a Godsend. She helps us when she is not at her “real” job at Methodist Hospital. Plus she is our own personal cheerleader…always remembering staff and volunteers on their birthdays or special holidays. She makes coming to work fun for everyone!”
Clinic Nurse Practitioner, Margarita Sloan, agrees. “Linda has been invaluable to the clinic. When we first opened our doors, we were overwhelmed at the prospect of setting up a fully functioning clinic laboratory. Linda just showed up on our doorstep one day and volunteered to help. She set up the protocol book for the clinic and was able to get the appropriate medical personnel to review and sign off on it. She devised safety procedures and files them for easy access by the staff. She also keeps us abreast of the latest happenings in the ever-changing clinical laboratory field. We are truly blessed to have her here at the clinic.”
Vos was elected for this honor by her clinic peers through a secret ballot. However, she has received several other honors for her professionalism. She was awarded “Employee of the Quarter” by Methodist Hospital in 2012.
Other volunteers at Arthur Nagel Community Clinic who have received the Volunteer of the Year Award include Sandra Hoyland (2009); Sabrina McGugin, CMA (2010); and Angelica Arroela-Hernandez (2011). “Our volunteers play a key role at Arthur Nagel Community Clinic,” affirmed Stone. “In 2012 we had fourteen volunteers who donated a total of 2,390 hours. At $21.76 an hour, the going rate for volunteers according to the government, that is just over $52,000 of free labor given to benefit our Bandera County community.”
“We use volunteers for medical and office help,” continued Stone. “Computer experience or the ability to speak Spanish is a big, big plus in carrying out the clinic’s mission.” If you would like to volunteer at the clinic, contact K. Irene Stone at 830-796-3448. The Arthur Nagel Community Clinic, located in Bandera at 1116 12th Street, (next to Helping Hand) is open 8:30 am to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. For more information on how to make a donation, qualify as a patient, or to print out a clinic application, you can go online at NagelClinic.org.