Virginia “Jenny” Sims loves her local hospital. She has given a big portion of the past five decades of her life in service to Marshall Medical South. Counting all that time spent working and volunteering, Sims says the hospital has given her even more.

“I needed to be needed,” she says with her warm smile.

Indeed she is needed. Sims serves as the president of the auxiliary. She also works at the OR desk helping family members get the information they need about their loved ones’ surgery.

And she is responsible for juggling a team of volunteers’ schedules to make sure there is someone sitting there every weekday morning.

As a brand new high school graduate in 1963, Sims went to work at the hospital when it was known as the “B&A” for Boaz-Albertville Hospital.

She operated the switchboard on second shift before starting college at the University of Montevallo. While a student, she worked when she was home for holidays.

“It was fun,” she recalls.

Sims worked her way up to admissions clerk before she got married and moved out of state for a year. When the couple moved back to Boaz in 1968, she volunteered and delivered orange juice, water and ice to patients for two years until her first child was born.

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