HIGHLANDS RANCH , CO (May 4, 2015) – Wind Crest retirement community resident Rev. B. James George is the 2015 recipient of Sky Ridge Medical Center's Volunteer of the Year award.
This award recognizes Rev. George's 12 years of service as a volunteer chaplain in which he has offered pastoral care, support, and resources to patients, families, and staff at least three afternoons each week, and often more, when his schedule permits.
And, not to be hindered by holidays, he has also taken time to volunteer on these days, often commenting, "I think the staff and patients need some extra encouragement on the holidays."
Sky Ridge offers the latest in medical technology in a soothing, healing environment for thousands of people in Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, Castle Rock and Littleton, as well as Douglas and southern Arapahoe counties.
Rev. George has led the Sky Ridge chaplaincy department in developing routine Emergency Department rounds to ease this anxious time for the patient and family. He especially loves the pediatric patients and has an especially tender heart for their suffering.
Staff remark repeatedly how grateful they are for his presence. Rev. George is also a mentor for the other chaplains. He also serves as a valuable member of Clinical Ethics committee, as well as on Clinical Ethics committees at two other area hospitals. He has offered invaluable assistance in crafting Patient Rights policies that are concise, clear, and true to current legal code.
Rev. George, 89, is continuing a lifetime of care, commitment and service for his community and the world. As a young man, he completed three years of military service in Europe with the 100th Infantry Division, receiving a bronze star for his service. He then went on to earn a law degree and began an impressive career in law, as an attorney, professor and Dean of schools such as New York Law School, Wayne State and the University of Michigan.
He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon by the Government of Japan in 1996 for his work with its criminal justice system after World War II. Although retired from his law career, Rev. George has still continued his service to humanity in the field of law. He continues to co-author a yearly five volume LexisNexis treatment of United States Supreme Court criminal law and procedure doctrine and cases
When Rev. George retired he went back to seminary and received a Master of Divinity so he could help congregations and individuals in need of spiritual support. He then served as an ordained elder in congregations in New Jersey and in Colorado. This gift in retirement was generous to society, but this too, is only a piece of his service.
Rev. George and his wife, Grace, are major donors in the construction of an elementary school in a rural area of Guatemala. Children who attend the school need financial support to stay in school. They currently support four students who attend the John Wesley School.
He and his wife also donated his collection of theological books to a local seminary and a large collection of Contemporary Japanese Art to the Denver Art Museum in 2009. in the collection were many works by Kiyoshi Saito and Sadao Watanabe.