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PMC volunteer dies after 21 years of service

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) – Bobby Sullivan has served his community until the end.

With over 11,000 volunteer hours accumulated over 21 years of dedication, Sullivan’s work at Pikeville Medical Center has made him a popular friend and a face in the Pikeville community.

“There was no limit to what Bobby couldn’t do or what departments he didn’t help out in some way,” said client relations manager Dana Bishop. “He was everywhere. everyone knew him.

Sullivan has worked with youth and other programs through PMC, serving many departments over her two decades of service.

“You know, thinking about our young people, and them growing up and having this commitment and work ethic and things like that – he tried to instill that in them as well. He wanted to be a role model,” Bishop said. “And now they’re a doctor or they’re a lawyer and things like that, and he’s like, ‘We helped raise them.’ So, those 21 years? It’s remarkable that he was here at that time. Because he made such a big difference.

Although he had mobility issues, he never let these get in the way. He was always learning and growing, while teaching and loving.

“We were just used to him being in his Jazzy and we walk away. I always told him I was going to put a flag on it. And a horn. a big horn. laughs the bishop.

Sullivan recently quit his volunteer job as he grew sicker in the past two years, but when he died on Friday it sent a wave through the halls of the hospital and beyond.

“It was a shock. It was a major shock,” Bishop said. “I guess you feel like he’ll always be there, because he was, you know?”

Bishop said he will now be remembered at the hospital for all the work he did to ensure the success of his people and programs and for all the smiles he shared with people in class. of road.

“With those 21 years, he touched a lot of lives,” Bishop said. “He will never be forgotten.”

Pikeville Medical Center President and CEO Donovan Blackburn shared a post on the hospital’s Facebook page this weekend, saying “Those who knew Bobby will remember his warm smile and generous heart. He made tough days better by sharing kind words and encouragement with everyone he came in contact with. Bobby will be greatly missed.Our hearts are broken for his family, friends and our entire PMC family.

Arrangements for Sullivan can be found here.

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