Barbara CarusoHonoring a well-deserved award

No good deed should go unnoticed - and that's certainly the case for Barbara Caruso, vice president of the Mountain View Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.

Caruso was recently recognized for her outstanding and dedicated volunteer service by the Virginia Association of Healthcare Auxiliaries and Volunteers. Caruso was named Volunteer of the Year, the association's highest possible achievement.

The award was presented to Caruso at a luncheon attended by hospital volunteers from the entire region, which stretches from Roanoke to Lee County.

Caruso was lauded for her volunteer efforts, which include her work as Mountain View Regional's gift shop manager. Additionally, Caruso has led the charge for several fundraising initiatives that have allowed the auxiliary to make substantial donations to organizations such as Mountain Empire Older Citizens Fuel Fund, Meals on Wheels, Wise County and Norton City Food Bank, Social Services Christmas Fund, the Southwest Virginia Cancer Center and many more charitable causes.

In 2013, Caruso was instrumental in the auxiliary's purchase of four sleeper bed chairs to help make visitors more comfortable when they spend extended periods of time at loved one's bedsides.

Caruso's volunteer work requires a great deal of time and energy, but to her, it's all worth it.

"It's very rewarding to volunteer and reach out and make a difference in someone's life and in your community," Caruso said. "A volunteer can receive personal satisfaction and often benefit from knowing they have helped someone have a better life.

"The Mountain View Regional Auxiliary has hard-working and dedicated volunteers who give hours of their time, working for the comfort of the patients and visitors, so they will come back to our facility and community, and donations can be given for many worthy causes."

Caruso is retired from Old Dominion Power Company, where she was employed as a residential energy advisor for 25 years. She is married and has three children and five granddaughters.