Four days a week, Dick Pangburn shows up at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital ready to work.
He shuttles folks on a golf cart from the parking lot to the door. He delivers rainbow bears to comfort children and adults going through a stressful test or experience. He even goes through the stacks of magazines in the waiting areas to ensure they aren’t too old.
For nearly eight years, he’s shown up like clockwork, but he has never made a dime.
Pangburn, 82, is one of 202 volunteers at Tidelands Health who help the health system operate efficiently by taking care of non-medical tasks to free up nurses and other medical staff to focus on providing high-quality care.
Pangburn has racked up 4,060 hours of volunteer time at the hospital, which earned him the President’s Volunteer Service Award during a luncheon Tuesday to honor the health system’s loyal volunteers during National Volunteer Week.
The former firefighter and rescue squad member humbly accepted the recognition pin, surprised that he had donated that many hours to Tidelands Health. “I don’t pay any attention to that,” he said. For him, a spirit of service comes naturally.
“It’s just a way of life,” said Pangburn, a longtime Georgetown resident who also volunteers in the community building ramps for elderly and disabled residents to get in their homes.