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Dedicated Volunteer to Receive Prestigious Spellman Award

Aug 07, 2018 08:31PM ● By Alyssa McGinnis

The Mercy Medical Center Foundation is honored to present the 2018 Dr. George G. Spellman Annual Service Award to Patricia Collins.  Collins has served the community and Mercy Medical Center with her volunteer efforts for more than 50 years.

Named after the late Dr. George G. Spellman, a longtime Sioux City physician, the special award recognizes community members or groups whose generosity with their time, talent and treasure exemplifies the values of Mercy Medical Center.  

Patricia Collins and husband of 54 years, Dick, have raised their four children in the Siouxland community. She has been blessed with nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.   

Patricia began volunteering in 1965 in the former St. Joseph Hospital. She served in the Blue Daisy Gift Shop in the former St. Vincent Hospital and then in the current Mercy Kaleidoscope Gift Shop.  Through the years, she has shared her time and talents in multiple other areas of the hospital, including the physician's lounge, front reception desk, and surgery. Patricia volunteered with POPS (Pediatric Orientation Program), a program designed to ease children's fear of hospitals.  She has also served on the Auxiliary Board, Mercy Women's Night Out committee, and the Mercy Fall Gala Committee, to name a few.

Patricia's community contributions include volunteering in the makeshift mortuary in the aftermath of the crash of Flight 232 and filling sandbags in 1992 when Perry Creek flooded.  She has also helped at events in the community, such as Saturday in The Park and the United Way of Siouxland's Women's Power Lunch. Besides her many hours at Mercy, Patricia has volunteered at local schools and numerous community outreach programs.  She has been recognized by the governor for her outstanding service to Iowa with the Governor's Volunteer Award in 1990.

"The service Pat has given to our community and Mercy Medical Center is truly extraordinary.  Not only did she give generously of her talents to her community, she also prepared a new generation of volunteers through her family and mentoring of young people," said Lea Greathouse, Mercy Foundation, Executive Director.  

The Spellman Award is now in its sixteenth year and was created by the Mercy Medical Center Foundation in recognition of Dr. George G. Spellman, one of Sioux City’s pioneering physicians who established a reputation as an advocate for the poor and underserved.  Dr. Spellman passed away in 2002. He and his wife Carol were the recipients of the first award named in his honor. Subsequent honorees include: Martha Burchard, Russ and Marilyn Christiansen, Hospice of Siouxland, Jack and Barbara Aalfs, Dr. Ted Roman, Eldon and Regina Roth, Dr. Michael Jung, Dr. Jack Michalak, Dr. Gary Carlton, Verna Welte, Dr. Michael Wolpert, Sister Elizabeth Mary Burns, Father Richard Sitzmann, Dr. Gerald McGowan, and Drs. Askar and Fahima Qalbani.

The 2018 Mercy Foundation Fall Gala will feature an elegant dinner and dance and is being led by chairpersons Dr. Joe and Sheila Liewer.  To reserve tickets to the Mercy Medical Center Foundation Gala on November 3, call the Mercy Foundation office at 712-279-2475.