SAN MARCOS, TX – The standard retirement age is 65, but Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) auxiliary volunteer, Ralph Phipps, always sets a higher standard. Ralph celebrated his 101st birthday on February 28. After 21 years of volunteering, with 10 of those years at CTMC, Ralph hung up his blue vest and retired Friday, March 4. CTMC honored him with a retirement reception.
Ralph became an auxiliary volunteer in 1980 and arrived at CTMC in 2001 from California. He has clocked in more than 10,000 hours of service in 21 years and more than 4,700 since arriving at CTMC.
“CTMC has been blessed to have Ralph as a volunteer these past 10 years,” said Clay DeStefano, Administrative Director of PR & Marketing. “Ralph’s hard work ethic and extremely positive attitude, combined with his mind for innovative solutions to serve our patients and guests better, has been a true inspiration to each of us.”
While at CTMC, Ralph has worked at the main information desk and greeted each person who came through the doors at CTMC with a smile. He has pushed wheelchairs and delivered menus, mail and flowers to patients.
“He is a great example of us all giving back to our fellow man,” said Belinda Gardner, CTMC Volunteer Services Coordinator.
On his 100th birthday, CTMC planted a tree in Ralph’s honor and many associates donated money as a gift to Ralph. In typical fashion, Ralph gave that money back to CTMC in the form of a gift to the patients he served. Two wooden benches now reside in the main lobby for patients to wait inside and out of extreme weather conditions thanks to Ralph’s endless generosity.
See photos and a video from the reception at www.facebook.com/centraltexasmedicalcenter and at www.youtube.com/user/ctmcsanmarcos. For more information about the CTMC auxiliary, please contact Belinda Gardner at 512-753-3685 or visit www.ctmc.org and click on Volunteer.