Volunteers Contribute to Methodist Rehab Success


By Jasmine Haynes

Charlie Lott with patient

Charlie Lott (right) along side Methodist Rehabilitation Center patient.  


Seeking a New Year's resolution that will help others this year? Volunteering is a noble ambition and a worthwhile use of time and support. Nurturing and devoted health facilities like the Methodist Rehabilitation Center are always in need for caring volunteers to makes a difference in the lives of patients.


The Methodist Rehabilitation Center is Mississippi's only comprehensive rehabilitation hospital. The hospital treats people who have suffered a stroke, brain, neurological, orthopedic or spinal injury. The Methodist Rehabilitation Center was named as one of only 16 Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems in the nation. The hospital's accolades also include being the only hospital in Mississippi to be ranked twice as one of America's Best by U.S. News & World Report.


Carol Wiley

Information desk volunteer,
Carol Wiley

Volunteers play an influential role in the hospital's success and information desk volunteer, Carol Wiley, said she feels that even the little things contribute to patient's experience at the hospital. "They are always glad to have someone greet them and talk to them," said Wiley.

Methodist Rehabilitation volunteer, Charlie Lott, shared that helping patients half a day once a week has given him a new perspective. "You see the people there who have physical problems and you count your blessings," said Lott.


According to Wilson Research Foundation Executive Director, Chris Blount, 80 percent of the patients admitted to the Methodist Rehabilitation Center are able to return home and live independently. "It is amazing to see what God can do through a ministry like this and when you see the volunteers and all the staff and how much they love helping people -- I've really been blessed to be a part of it," said Blount.


Like Charlie Lott, the majority of the hospital's volunteers are United Methodists. Not only are they givers of their time but many of the individual financial gifts come from United Methodists as well, according to Blount.

Those interested in becoming part of the Methodist Rehabilitation volunteer team should call the Director of Volunteer Services, Bettye Sullivan at 601-364-3474.