Hot Springs’ Lynn Smith to Chair American Hospital Association Committee on Volunteers

Hot Springs’ Lynn Smith to Chair American Hospital Association Committee on Volunteers


The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced that Lynn Smith, auxilian at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs will chair the AHA's 2016 Committee on Volunteers. 

The Committee on Volunteers (COV), a specialty committee of the board, is concerned with the roles, responsibilities and services of organized volunteers and auxilians, as well as the community perspective they provide for the health care field. The committee supports the AHA mission and policy agenda by providing input into the AHA policy development process.  The COV participates in AHA grassroots advocacy, provides the association with the benefit of its community perspective on issues related to the health care field, and serves as the selection committee for the AHA's Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE Awards).

Smith currently volunteers in the gift shop at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs after recently moving to central Arkansas. Previously, Smith served as president of the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association (AHAA) where she was instrumental in leading the AHAA board to “go green” and to establish an AHAA website. In 2008, the AHAA elected her as state newsletter editor. Smith also served on the Arkansas Hospital Association (AHA) board and has been a member of the Past Presidents Advisory Committee and the state Handbook Committee. 

Smith began her volunteer career in 2001 at Medical Center of South Arkansas (MCSA) in El Dorado, where she was newsletter editor, secretary, vice president and president of the auxiliary. She also was appointed to the MCSA Auxiliary Board and served on both the Scholarship and Membership Committees.

CHI St. Vincent, founded in 1888, is the largest integrated and community-based physician organization in Arkansas -- a system with over one million patient visits per year, serving patients from all 75 counties in Arkansas. CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs, Southwest Arkansas’ leading provider of health services, is an acute-care facility licensed for 282 beds. CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, an acute-care facility, licensed for 615 beds, is located in Little Rock and is ranked the “best hospital” in Arkansas by U. S. News and World Report and is the first and only hospital to earn Magnet© recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.    Other CHI St. Vincent hospitals include CHI St. Vincent North, licensed for 69 beds, in Sherwood; CHI St. Vincent Morrilton, a critical access hospital in Morrilton, licensed for 25 beds; and CHI St. Vincent West, an outpatient campus in west Little Rock. The system includes a network of 300 primary care and specialty physicians, a home health agency, a joint venture inpatient rehabilitation facility, and affiliations with more than 1,000 physicians.

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information visit the website at

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