2018 AHVRP Award of Excellence recipient
Beverly H. Epps, MSW, CAVS
Director, Patient Support Services
John Randolph Medical Center, HCA Virginia
Nomination submitted by Kelley Boothby, Hartford, Connecticut
Beverly Epps began a career in healthcare volunteer management at Randolph Medical Center in 1987. While 31 years in this challenging profession alone don’t qualify for the Award of Excellence, what Beverly has done during that time absolutely does. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of working on committees and the AHVRP Board WITH Beverly and FOR Beverly, the most recent being FOR Beverly last year when she served as the Chair for the 2017 AHVRP conference.
Although this is an AHVRP award and my experience with Beverly has been through this organization, all I had to do was Google the name Beverly Epps to see that she is a longtime champion for the advancement of the healthcare volunteer management profession on a broad spectrum. Not only has Beverly been a significant contributor through AHVRP, she has done as much for Virginia and the south. She’s a past President of both AHVRP and VSDHVS (Virginia Society for Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services). Although much involved in conference planning for VA, the south and the country, Beverly reached administrators of healthcare volunteer service beyond the conference setting, expanding education and her impact through the internet.
Not only does Beverly maintain the appearance of a leader, she IS the consummate professional, with warm southern ways. A recollection that still gives me goose bumps must be shared. As a member of the AHA’s Committee on Volunteers, Beverly was seated with the COV group at an Annual AHA Meeting in a massive DC hotel auditorium that was packed with healthcare leaders from around the country. Microphones were placed throughout the auditorium for attendees to approach and ask questions or make comments. It seemed the only lighting was on the stage and at exits. It was dark, quiet and almost overwhelming. To our surprise, Beverly stood up, walked to a microphone and spoke with an eloquence and content regarding health care volunteerism that not only made us proud, but brought the house down with applause. The doctor on stage was so moved that his serious and powerful presence immediately softened as he acknowledged Beverly’s impressive comments and the incredible impact of volunteers in healthcare. Then he shared his story about his mother being a committed lifelong healthcare volunteer. Amazing!
It’s Beverly’s dignity, professionalism and courage that I’ll never forget. She did us proud. I can’t think of anyone more passionate about the profession or more deserving of the Award of Excellence than Beverly Epps.
To recognize individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service and contribution to AHVRP and to the profession of healthcare volunteer management.
- Nominee is a current AHVRP National member with at least five years of consecutive annual membership
- Nominee has not been an AHVRP Board member in the last two years
- Nominator must be a professional colleague (not a subordinate)
- Nominations must be submitted by April 25, 2018, 11:59 pm CST.
Active participation at the local level through any or all of the following:
- Chapter leadership
- Educational programming success
- Coordination and completion of special projects or activities
Active participation at the national level through any or all of the following:
- Committee participation
- Program planning and special presentations
- Product or publication development
- Special task force participation or completion of special project
- Role in advancing the practice of healthcare volunteer management through leadership innovations, implementation of new programs, management initiatives, authorship, teaching, research in healthcare volunteer management, etc.
Click here to submit your nomination. Nominations have closed for 2018.