KATY, TEXAS (June 18, 2010)

John Pulley is the 2010 Volunteer of the YearKaty resident John Pulley has been named the 2010 Volunteer of the Year for Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

"John's passion for helping others and dedication to Memorial Hermann Katy made him the ideal candidate for this award," said Brenda Kepner, Memorial Hermann Katy manager of volunteer services. "John has been serving the hospital for nine years and from day one, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty."

Memorial Hermann Katy staff and volunteers are responsible for nominating the Volunteer of the Year. Kepner and a randomly selected volunteer and staff member select the winner. In order to be nominated, an individual must meet the following criteria:

"John is always volunteering for special projects," added Kepner. "It's not uncommon to find him at the hospital after hours performing inventory of all hospital wheelchairs. One time he even took our Auxiliary wheelchairs home and cleaned them so they looked brand new."

Avadele Short and Nancy Grasshoff also were recognized for their outstanding service to the hospital.

"Avadele is our last charter member. She has served the hospital nearly 30 years and we are so thankful for her years of service. On the flip side, Nancy has been with us for a year, but in her short time, she has done an outstanding job of starting a roving snack/treat/book cart for our patients and their families," said Kepner.

Pictured: Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently recognized Volunteer of the Year John Pulley, from left, with Memorial Hermann Katy CEO Scott Barbe, Nancy Grasshoff, Brenda Kepner and Avadele Short.