Century Ambulance Donates Club Car to OPMC
May 25, 2010
On behalf of Orange Park Medical Center (OPMC), Auxiliary President Beulah McLane-Carter accepted the keys to a new Club Car golf cart from Herbert Sellers, owner of Century Ambulance Service, Inc. Sellers donated the Club Car as a show of his appreciation for Orange Park Medical Center and the valuable Mobile Escort Service for patients and visitors. The hospital’s Auxiliary has operated the on-campus transport service since March 2006.
The donated Club Car seats three passengers and a driver. It is equipped with a horn, caution light, tinted windshield and all weather curtains. It will allow the Auxiliary to operate a second cart as part of the Mobile Escort Service.
Sellers is a grateful supporter of Orange Park Medical Center who has had family members treated at the hospital. He appreciates the value of the transport service and the dedicated work of the volunteers who operate it all year in all kinds of weather. “When you see a need, you just like to fill it if you can,” Sellers says. “The volunteers have a difficult time sometimes operating with only one cart. This is my hospital. I live in Clay County and have for 22 years. My daughter’s life was saved here,” Sellers says. “I’m just as proud as I can be of this place.”
Volunteer drivers transport guests from parking areas to their destinations within the OPMC campus. The Auxiliary purchased the first cart, which is still in use, in 2006. Since that time the service has transported more than 72,000 guests, an average of 1,422 per month.
Wanda Sharp is director over patient relations guest services and volunteers at Orange Park Medical Center. She is responsible for starting the Mobile Escort Service at the hospital. “We realized how patients and families really enjoyed it and appreciated it. But the cart went down a couple times for servicing, and on those days we had no transportation. This generous gift allows us to drive one cart in the morning and the other one in the afternoon to ensure a cart is always in service.”
McLane-Carter says the donated Club Car is very appreciated and timely. “It’s an honor for the Auxiliary to accept a gift like this,” she says. “This cart is going to be even more valuable to us now with the construction of the new cath labs going on and expansion of the Emergency Department coming; we really needed it. It’s great that Mr. Sellers thought enough of us to donate this cart for the purpose of helping patients and visitors get around.”