National Health Care Volunteer Week: Spotlight On Dorothy Rainey

It’s National Health Care Volunteer Week! At Gwinnett Medical Center volunteers can be found driving the courtesy cart to take visitors to their cars on rainy days, staffing the gift shops, answering questions as greeters in the guest lounges, and much more.

So to celebrate how important all our volunteers are, here is a spotlight on one of them: Dorothy Rainey. If you’ve visited GMC-Lawrenceville, GMC-Duluth, or Glancy Rehabilitation Center, you might have seen some of the ways Dorothy and her husband, Fredrick, have contributed financially, as well.

This is a shortened version of an article that originally ran in the Winter 2012 issue of Vim & Vigor magazine. Read the full article here.

Meet the Raineys

Dorothy Rainey is one of the first smiling faces people see when they walk into Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth. She usually volunteers at the information desk, helping patients and families with directions. She and her husband, Fredrick, have been pillars of the Duluth community, and devoted volunteers and donors to Gwinnett Medical Center, since they moved here in 1984.

Whether volunteering her time at her church, at the Duluth Fall Festival or at GMC-Duluth (and Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital prior to that), helping others is important to Dorothy. For almost three decades, she has volunteered her time at GMC, chalking up 3,750 hours. And she has no plans to stop now.

“I love it here (in Duluth),” says Dorothy. “That’s why I am so involved. I want everyone to experience what I experience here.”

In addition to time, the Rainey family supports GMC through giving to the GMC Foundation, where they are charter members of the Legacy Circle. Launched in 2011, the Legacy Circle recognizes donors who leave the GMC Foundation a planned gift.

The Raineys also like to support special projects at GMC. In 2010 they donated an original, stained glass piece entitled “Tree of Life” for the Strickland Chapel at GMC-Lawrenceville. In the fall of 2011, they donated funds to purchase a commercial grade, 22-foot outdoor Christmas tree for the roof of GMC-Duluth.  They contributed to Glancy Rehabilitation Center for an outdoor landscape project, and created the Fredrick Rainey Engineering Fund to provide associates in Engineering department with continuing education.

“There are many ways to you can be a part of Gwinnett Medical Center, you can volunteer or give money,” Dorothy says. “There is always something you can do.”  Dorothy celebrated her 90th birthday in 2012 and has no plans to slow down.


To learn how you can volunteer at GMC, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/volunteers. Or to learn more about the GMC Foundation, visit gmcgiving.com.

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