November 01, 2009
Berkeley resident provides more than 4,000 hours of service
Hinsdale – Until recently going on a health-related leave of absence from the hospital, Berkeley resident Norma Waisanen was a fixture at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital every Monday afternoon. During her 34 years volunteering, she has accumulated more than 4,000 hours of service.
As an escort, her duties include transporting patients to and from testing, bringing specimen and blood samples to the labs, discharging patients, delivering newspapers to patients, and running other errands for hospital staff.
“I was a patient at one time, very briefly, and everyone was so nice and considerate I thought it would be nice to give some of my time,” Waisanen said.
Longtime volunteers like Waisanen are an asset to the organization, said Sher Fox, director of volunteer services at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
“Many things change, but certain things remain the same,” Fox said. “We could always count on Norma to lend a helping hand.”
To volunteer at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, call (630) 856-4000.