Parkes volunteer Carolyn Rice OAM may not have won the NSW Health Volunteer of the Year Award but the Lachlan Health Service at Parkes said "she is a shining star in our eyes".
The health service nominated Carolyn for the state award.
"Carolyn is the chair of the Lachlan Health Council and a representative on the Patient Safety and Quality meeting at Parkes," acting Lachlan Health Service Manager Jenni McGee said.
"Carolyn plays an important role between the community and the Parkes Hospital.
"[She] not only has the respect of the staff at the hospital, but also those in the community. If they have concerns they are confident to come to her and she will raise them with the health council."
Carolyn also participates as a consumer representative on numerous interview panels, she conducts patient rounding with patients and their families, and has volunteered to help staff acting as a patient who had a fall in a training simulation.
"We are extremely grateful for all the work and effort Carolyn does for the Parkes Hospital," Ms McGee said.
"She is a wonderful asset to our Parkes Hospital Team."
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