Tragic Accident Leads Mother to 25 Years of Volunteer Service

CINCINNATI—Drake Center will honor its volunteers the week of April 15 through April 21 to celebrate National Volunteer Week at a special luncheon on April 19. This year’s theme is “Volunteers: In this Changing World, the Constant We Can Count On.”

Among those being honored is Kay Napier, mother of Mike Napier who was a patient at Drake Center for 22 years, following a tragic accident. Kay began her volunteer work in 1987 when Mike entered Drake. Initially, she devoted much of her time transporting patients and campaigning for the Drake Center tax levies. Her son, Mike, was pictured on the posters used in the campaigns. Kay joined the Drake Auxiliary in 1997 and worked tirelessly to raise funds for expenditures and activities that benefit Drake patients. For the past six years, Kay has served as President of the Auxiliary. During her tenure, Kay led the Auxiliary in raising more than $175,000 which resulted in the purchase of critically essential patient care items, including: stroke therapy equipment; patient transport van; parallel bars; wheelchairs; scooters for patients and visitors; and speech therapy equipment.

Kay said that she has continued to remain an active volunteer at Drake because she “always thought that miracles happened here.” She said the staff is extended family to her and that “it’s a joy to come back and see many of the same aides, nurses, and dieticians” who helped Mike.
Kay is a resident of Loveland, and Mike attended Loveland High School.

Drake Center, a member of UC Health, is the region’s premier provider of long-term acute care offering a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services including medically complex care, skilled nursing, assisted living, wellness services and research. For more information, call 513-418-2500.

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