Atwills end volunteer duties after 26 years

Helen and Walter Atwill, Garrett County residents since 1986, celebrated their last day as volunteers at Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) on Thursday, October 26th.

The Atwills, both in their 90s and married 72 years, have donated well over 8,000 hours to the hospital. They are familiar faces at the reception desk in the main lobby, where Helen has greeted patients and visitors since 1991 and Walter since 1999.


“We’re honored they’ve given so much of their time and heart to Garrett Regional Medical Center,” says Mark Boucot, GRMC’s President and CEO. “We are so blessed for the many years of service and dedication they have given to the hospital and the community.  We will them very much.


The couple moved to Garrett County from Silver Spring, MD, where Walter worked for the C&P Telephone Company, and Helen was a homemaker. Together, they raised four children. When they chose Garrett County for their retirement home, they did so because they love having four seasons.


They’d only been in Garrett County a few years when Helen saw an ad seeking volunteers for the hospital. She’s been a weekly staple at GRMC ever since.


“We will miss being here every week, that’s for sure,” Helen says. “We’ll visit as often as we can.”


Her husband agrees.


“Mr. Boucot says we can come back anytime, there will always be a place for us here,” Walter notes. “It’s good to know we’re appreciated.”


What will the couple do with their time in their new retirement?  Walter smiled.


“It’s simple. We plan to take care of each other. That’s what we’ll be doing.”



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