Milestone: OMC volunteer coordinator receives leadership award

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017 1:30am
  • Life

Volunteer coordinator Kathy Coombes received a leadership award from Olympic Medical Center CEO Eric Lewis during an October department management meeting.

Coombes was honored for her efforts in growing the roster of volunteers and their support of departments throughout the organization.

According to Julie Black, director of support services, “Kathy has worked to double the number of volunteers to (more than) 100 in the last eight years and has found additional opportunities for volunteers to serve in approximately 20 departments.”

In addition, Coombes oversees a pet therapy program and the OMC Auxiliary-run gift shop located in the hospital lobby.

A few years ago, Coombes began focusing on a program that gives Running Start student volunteers an opportunity to experience a professional work environment, to interact with staff, patients and visitors, and to get an inside view of the health care profession. After being involved with this program, several students went on to complete nursing school and are now working at Olympic Medical Center.

“Kathy’s wealth of experience, great attitude and leadership skills significantly contribute to the program and in building our valued team of volunteers,” Lewis said.

For a list of volunteer opportunities, visit or call 360-565-9110.

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