Harris William Wright, former Batavia school teacher and principal, was recognized for contributing 30,000 hours at Clermont Mercy Hospital over more than 25 years.
Wright, a University of Cincinnati graduate, worked at Batavia High School for 38 years as a teacher and a principal.
After he retired from teaching, Wright said he decided to volunteer, and in 1986 he applied for a volunteer position at Clermont Mercy Hospital.
“It’s incredible Harris has been around since ’86,” Phyllis Hoskins, director of volunteer services and the gift shop, said.
Hoskins said Harris was a volunteer before she began working at the hospital.
“Just since I have known him he has been so loyal,” Hoskins said about Wright.
Hoskins said Wright always comes in for his volunteer shift and is a huge help to patients at the hospital.
Jenny Pierce and Eric Gilkerson, registration desk employees who worked with Wright on a regular basis, also said he was a wonderful volunteer.
“He is really outstanding, friendly and helpful,” Pierce said.
Gilkerson said Wright was very helpful to patients who came into the hospital and was a pleasure to work with.
“I loved working with him and hearing all of his stories,” Gilkerson said.
Hoskins presented Wright with a plaque for volunteering 30,000 hours, the most hours Hoskins can find any record of.
She also presented Wright with a certificate for a lifetime supply of free lunch at the hospital cafeteria because he always enjoyed his meals at the hospital.
Employees and volunteers at the hospital thanked Wright for his hard work and celebrated after the short ceremony with cake.
Wright said he was completely surprised by the ceremony and said he thought he was coming to the hospital for a doctor’s appointment.
“I never considered it would be anything else,” Wright said.
Wright said he enjoys volunteering at the hospital because he feels at home there, the other employees are nice and he enjoys working with and helping patients.
“It’s something I really enjoy doing,” Wright said. “I was treated nicely by everyone and I looked forward to coming in.”