The Mercy Medical Center Foundation has announced the 2018 Dr. George G. Spellman Annual Service Award winner as Patricia Collins, who has served the community and Mercy Medical Center with her volunteer efforts for more than 50 years.
Named after the late Dr. George G. Spellman, a longtime Sioux City physician, the special award recognizes community members or groups whose generosity with their time, talent and treasure exemplifies the values of Mercy Medical Center.
Collins began volunteering in 1965 in the former St. Joseph Hospital. She served in the Blue Daisy Gift Shop in the former St. Vincent Hospital and then in the current Mercy Kaleidoscope Gift Shop.
Through the years, Collins has shared her time and talents in multiple other areas of the hospital, including the physician’s lounge, front reception desk and surgery. She volunteered with POPS (Pediatric Orientation Program), a program designed to ease children’s fear of hospitals. She has also served on the Auxiliary Board, Mercy Women’s Night Out committee and the Mercy Fall Gala Committee, to name a few.
The community contributions of Collins include volunteering in the makeshift mortuary in the aftermath of the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 and filling sandbags in 1992 when Perry Creek flooded. She has also helped at events in the community, such as Saturday in The Park and the United Way of Siouxland’s Women’s Power Lunch. Collins has been recognized by the governor for her outstanding service to Iowa with the Governor’s Volunteer Award in 1990.
The Spellman Award is now in its 16th year and was created by the Mercy Medical Center Foundation in recognition of Dr. George G. Spellman, one of Sioux City’s pioneering physicians who established a reputation as an advocate for the poor and underserved. Dr. Spellman died in 2002. He and his wife Carol were the recipients of the first award named in his honor.
The 2018 Mercy Foundation Fall Gala on Nov. 3 at the Sioux City Convention Center will feature a dinner and dance; it is being led by chairpersons Dr. Joe and Sheila Liewer.
To reserve tickets to the event, call the Mercy Foundation office at (712) 279-2475.