COVINGTON -- Newton Medical Center's Hospital Auxiliary has honored a volunteer who has given more hours of service than any previous volunteer.
Cindy Johnson has volunteered more than 10,000 hours of service to NMC, primarily in the pharmacy.
Johnson received the recognition at the recent Christmas Awards Luncheon and received a standing ovation from her fellow volunteers.
Dr. Robert Halliday, who is in charge of NMC's pharmacy, praised Johnson's work.
"Cindy is probably one of the most dedicated people I've ever met," he said. "She does anything we ask her to. She's always pleasant and gets along with everybody. She's just a wonderful volunteer."
She joined the NMC Auxiliary in 1987 after graduating from high school and has had assignments in patient care areas, but found a home in the pharmaceutical department where she helps keep the filing up-to-date, runs errands for staff and packages equipment to go to patient floors.
She said she enjoys the people in the pharmacy and looks forward to serving many more hours and years there.
"Volunteering helps me as much as I help others," she said. "When you volunteer, you get more than you give."
Johnson gives her mother a lot of credit for her being able to serve as a volunteer.
"My mother has driven me to the hospital on an average of two days weekly for 25 years. Some years it was five days a week," she said.
In addition to volunteering, Johnson's pets also keep her busy. She has 27 goats, which are all named and trained as pets, along with five cats and a dog.