Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen Pharmacist Recognized for Dedication to Community|
ALLEN, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen’s Patricia Kolb, a pharmacist on the staff for two years, recently received the 2011 Living the Mission Award from Texas Health Resources CEO Doug Hawthorne.
Kolb, a resident of Plano, was nominated by colleague Chris Amaya, who notes that Kolb is an inspiration to everyone in their department and is directly responsible for their increased involvement in the community. In addition to working at the pharmacy, Kolb is married and has two children ages three and 10-months.
“Patricia is an example of an individual working to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve,” said Sheila McKinney, president of Texas Health Allen. “Her commitment to the community is a great example for all of us leading busy lives.”
According to Amaya, Kolb is very passionate about community service and helping those in need. One of the most recent community service projects she took on was creating a mothers group at Texas Health Allen. This support group is for new moms in the community with newborns and offers monthly speakers on a variety of topics. As a mother, Kolb is also concerned about the lack of resources parents have to ensure the proper installation of car seats, so she became a certified car seat installer and now participates in local events providing her services. Kolb is actively involved with the hospital’s annual food drive fund raisers to help those in our local community as well.
“Volunteering in itself is rewarding, so receiving an award for what comes natural to me was quite a surprise,” said Kolb. “I am very fortunate to work for a company whose mission, vision and values are the same as mine. I am grateful for the support I receive for my volunteerism.”
Amaya also said Kolb has inspired many from the pharmacy department to become involved with an annual breakfast fund raiser benefiting the Hope’s Door, which provides for those affected by family violence. The department now actively participates with several Make a Wish Foundation fundraisers due to her inspiration as well.
“I grew up with parents who instilled in me the importance of commitment to the community,” said Kolb. “My husband and children are right there with me. Volunteering and serving others is a priority in my family. You just have to make time to help others, otherwise it’s too easy to put off getting involved.”
Kolb received the award during a surprise presentation.
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