Congratulations To Realtor Jack Jernigan Named Vanderbilt Medical Center?s ?Volunteer Of The Year?

BRENTWOOD, TN., – Crye-Leike, REALTORS congratulates Realtor? Jack Jernigan on being named Vanderbilt Medical Center’s “Volunteer of the Year.”  He is a Sales Associate based out of the company’s Brentwood East branch office located at 5055 Maryland Way.  Since May 2006, Jack has been an active volunteer at Vanderbilt’s Regional Burn Unit.

 

“Three years ago I met my first patient,” said Jack.  “It took me several months to garner the courage to walk into the patient’s room and strike up a conversation with him and to be somewhat relaxed.  What I found out was tat patients are sometimes lonely and hurting – emotionally as well as physically.”

 

Jack truly feels like he has made a difference to the patients when he sees them smile and their eyes light up – even in the midst of their pain.  His acts of kindness are simple.  Jack visits with them, listens to them, brings them ice or a soda and simply conveys by being there that someone genuinely cares.

 

“After a very challenging life changing situation for myself personally, volunteering seemed to be the best way to foster healing in my own life,” said Jack.  “What I didn’t know was how remarkable this experience would be, and how the patients and staff would make a difference in my life.”

 

Jack recalls one patient in particular? a man who suffered electrical burns.  He says the patient started-out in the Burn ICU area completely comatose for more than four weeks.

 

“Eventually he awoke and I while visiting with him, we used our own form of sign language to communicate,” said Jack.  “I would read Sports Illustrated to him, feed him ice chips, and laugh at silly Reader’s Digest jokes.  We became fast friends.”

 

Even after the patient moved to the step-down unit, Jack continued to visit with him weekly for the next several months.

 

“We laughed as he shared silly moments, talked about his girlfriend, and about his future,” said Jack. “I couldn’t wait to visit my friend.  And when I got there, he was waiting for me so we could just talk and laugh.  He eventually left to finish out his rehab in another part of the state.”

 

Clearly the leadership at Vanderbilt Medical Center’s Volunteer Services felt Jack’s commitment and years of service was not only deserving of recognition from Vanderbilt.  The Volunteer Services staff took the extraordinary step of nominating him for a prestigious Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Award for citywide recognition.

 

“Volunteering has also given me opportunities to train other volunteers,” said Jack.  “Overwhelmed by how busy the unit is, the pain the patients are in, and the amount of information they need to consume, it’s an honor to help the new volunteer become more acclimated and comfortable with volunteering.”

 

After disseminating logistic information to the new recruits, Jack is eager to encourage them to start the volunteering process their very first day.

 

“Standing on the sidelines only lasts for several visits,” said Jack.  “After that, they become the conversation starters with patients and their families.  So far, it’s worked and our retention rate is fairly high.”

 

In addition to his volunteer duties at Vanderbilt’s Burn Unit, in 2008 Jack participated as a volunteer at Camp Hope – a camp for kids who have suffered injuries from burns.  The camp experience lead to an opportunity to meet up again with a young patient Jack has spent time with in the unit.

 

“She was 10 years old – a Monopoly whiz who often beat me when we played,” said Jack.  “The burns on her face were severe, but I saw a lot of love in that little girl’s eyes and after she left I didn’t think I would see her again, but there she was when I got to Camp Hope.  We reunited there, and it wasn’t long before she was on my shoulders, riding me around the swimming pool as we attempted to engage other kids and adults in chicken fights.”

 

This past Christmas 2008 – Jack led the organization of a fundraiser for Camp Hope at The Belcourt Theater.  He arranged for the special showing of the Classic Christmas movie “Miracle on 34th Street.”  All proceeds from the Saturday, December 6th event benefited Camp Hope.

 

Since 2005 Jack has been a licensed Realtor in Tennessee assisting buyers and sellers in and around Davidson, Wilson, Williamson and Sumner counties.  He specializes in all types of residential real estate sales.  Jack is an Internet Realtor Professional e-PRO, member of Crye-Leike’s Multi Million Dollar Club (MMDC), Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors (EMTAR), Tennessee Association of Realtors (TAR) and National Association of Realtors (NAR).

 

To learn more about Jack’s volunteer experience, for all your real estate needs and personal referrals, please contact Crye-Leike Realtor Jack Jernigan by phone at 615-373-3513, email: jack@jackjernigan.com and you can find him on the web at www.JackJernigan.com.

 

Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977.  Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 4th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,500 licensed sales associates based out of 126 corporate and franchise offices located in 65 counties through-out the eight-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina.

 

Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential sales, mortgage lending, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services referrals.  In 2008, the Crye-Leike organization attained a sales volume in excess of $4.2 billion with 25,871 homes sold.