CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The winner of this year's Volunteer of the Year award from West Virginia Health Right didn't want the award at first.
Dr. David Santrock said there are many other volunteers who deserve the award.
"I refused at first," Santrock said. "I felt there were people more worthy of the honor. I didn't do it for [the award]."
Santrock, a retired orthopedic surgeon who has been a Health Right volunteer since 2006, will be honored at the health clinic's annual dinner and fundraiser this weekend.
He said he volunteers to make a difference for the people who come to clinic, many of whom are not eligible for Medicaid but cannot afford health insurance, he said.
"I think most people [who volunteer] will tell you, you get far more out of it than you give," Santrock said.
Health Right has nearly 400 volunteers, around 130 of whom are physicians, Executive Director Pat White said. Other volunteers are dentists and other health-care providers, she said.
The clinic has been honoring a volunteer of the year since 1999, White said.