HMWR Recognizes Volunteer of the Year

CLEBURNE, Texas — Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital recently recognized Diane Applegate as Volunteer of the Year.

Diane Applegate

Diane Applegate

“I was speechless when they called my name for the award,” said Applegate. “And anyone who knows me was in shock, because I’m not usually speechless.”

Applegate has been a regular volunteer in the Case Management and Infection Control departments for three years. She also serves as the membership chairman and second vice president of the Women’s Auxiliary.

“I really enjoy volunteering at the hospital,” she said. “The hospital staff members are so busy with taking care of patients, and the volunteers are there to assist them. Our work allows the staff to focus on the patients. It’s beneficial for the hospital to have volunteers.”

Blake Kretz, president of HMWR, agrees.

“Our volunteers are valuable to our hospital,” Kretz said. “Diane is a shining example of the dedication they have to help make Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital the hospital of choice in the community.”

As membership chair for the Auxiliary, Applegate is responsible for recruiting new volunteers.

“I tell people all the time that if they have free time on their hands or looking for a place to volunteer, we’d love to have them,” Applegate said. “We’re bound to have something they’d enjoy doing.”

About Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital
Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital is affiliated with Texas Health Resources and is a full-service, 137-bed acute care hospital with more than 50 physicians on the medical staff. Honors bestowed on Harris Methodist Walls Regional Hospital include:

  • Received the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award from TMF in 2005 and 2006
  • Received the highest level of accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for 2004-2007
  • 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award
  • 2007 Premier Award for Quality for Heart Failure

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit