Palomar Health Volunteer Honored by City of Escondido


02.23.2017

Longtime Palomar Health volunteer Margie Ballard was honored with the Escondido City Council Award for Compassion at the State of the City address on February 22.

Margie has been volunteering with our health system for 29 years! She started off at the Downtown Escondido Campus, and is now working at Palomar Medical Center Escondido making charts for the newborn babies in the newly relocated Birth Center.

Fran Waller, Palomar Health’s director of community engagement, outreach, nominated the much beloved Margie for the honor.

“She has given over 13,000 hours of heartfelt service to thousands of patients, families and infants in our community, says Waller. “And she has not missed out on any of her volunteer shifts - she even volunteers to sub shifts that others cannot cover. Margie Ballard completely exemplifies the true meaning in making a difference in the lives of others.”

“I am really thrilled about the whole thing,” says Margie. “I was really surprised.”

Her love of healthcare was passed on to her two daughters who are both nurses. And it probably won’t surprise you that her husband is a former Navy corpsman. Margie's granddaughter, daughter, great-grandson, granddaughter, and her son all came to help Margie celebrate her award.
Margie got started as a volunteer after a stint as a nurse’s aide at the old downtown hospital and she signed up because “I just like being around people.”

That hasn’t changed at all during her long volunteering tenure.

“I just love being around friends and feeling like I’m doing something worthwhile,” she says.

And Margie isn’t shy about sharing here age!
“I’m 93 and I keep going and going, Margie says. “Being a volunteer has allowed me to be healthy both mentally and physically.”
Congratulations to Margie Ballard from everyone in the Palomar Health family and thank you for your incredible service!
Longtime Palomar Health volunteer Margie Ballard was honored with the Escondido City Council Award for Compassion at the State of the City address on February 22.

Margie has been volunteering with our health system for 29 years! She started off at the Downtown Escondido Campus, and is now working at Palomar Medical Center Escondido making charts for the newborn babies in the newly relocated Birth Center.

Fran Waller, Palomar Health’s director of community engagement, outreach, nominated the much beloved Margie for the honor.

“She has given over 13,000 hours of heartfelt service to thousands of patients, families and infants in our community, says Waller. “And she has not missed out on any of her volunteer shifts - she even volunteers to sub shifts that others cannot cover. Margie Ballard completely exemplifies the true meaning in making a difference in the lives of others.”

“I am really thrilled about the whole thing,” says Margie. “I was really surprised.”

Her love of healthcare was passed on to her two daughters who are both nurses. And it probably won’t surprise you that her husband is a former Navy corpsman. Margie's granddaughter, daughter, great-grandson, granddaughter, and her son all came to help Margie celebrate her award.

Margie got started as a volunteer after a stint as a nurse’s aide at the old downtown hospital and she signed up because “I just like being around people.”

That hasn’t changed at all during her long volunteering tenure.

“I just love being around friends and feeling like I’m doing something worthwhile,” she says.

And Margie isn’t shy about sharing her age!

“I’m 93 and I keep going and going, Margie says. “Being a volunteer has allowed me to be healthy both mentally and physically.”

Congratulations to Margie Ballard from everyone in the Palomar Health family and thank you for your incredible service!
 


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