Where do you volunteer, and what are your duties?
My main duty is to escort patients to different areas of the hospital. Some of the areas are MRI, surgery waiting room, Respiratory Therapy and Heart and Vascular. We deliver flowers to the patient rooms. Many of the visitors who come in do not know how to get to patient rooms, and we escort them to the elevator, the ICU or to pediatrics and obstetrics, among other areas.
Why do you volunteer?
Because I am retired and enjoy keeping busy. I like helping people, and it enriches my life. People are very thankful for what we do.
For more information about volunteering or to learn how to get involved, visit monument.health/volunteer or call Volunteer Services at 605-755-8980.
What is your favorite part of volunteering?
I enjoy talking with people and making them feel welcome and comfortable when they come in for an appointment or as a visitor. I work with great people who I would never have met outside of volunteering.
Would you recommend volunteering to others?
I tell people that it is a good way to give back to the community and it is a fulfilling, enjoyable experience.
Why is Monument Health a good place to volunteer?
I think volunteers benefit from Monument Health in knowing we are doing something to help someone else. We receive nice perks, like coffee, lunch and coupons from the gift shop for our birthdays. Also, a benefit for me is that I try to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. I can almost get that many during a 4-hour shift, which is why I am always eager to escort patients and visitors wherever they need to go. The busier we are, the more I like it!