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Hospital volunteer provides more than 800 hours of service

Hinsdale—Brookfield resident John Gerberi was named Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s volunteer of the month after seven years and more than 800 hours of service.  After receiving exceptional care by Adventist Hinsdale Hospital cardiologist Dr. Paul Ryan, Gerberi wanted to give back to the outstanding hospital staff that cared for him.  As a reliable volunteer, Gerberi serves as a representative on the volunteer board of directors for the escort department. 


Gerberi assists the hospital from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Monday by transporting patients to and from testing, bringing specimen and blood samples to the labs, and doing other errands for hospital staff.  He believes making nervous patients more comfortable is the most important aspect of his job. 


“I volunteer because Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is a great place that offers outstanding care to its patients,” Gerberi said. “I have met wonderful volunteers, patients, and hospital staff during my time as a volunteer.”


Gerberi and his wife of nearly 50 years have three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He worked for 14 years with Alliance Refrigeration until he retired in 2002. Gerberi enjoys volunteering because it is a way for him to show appreciation for the wonderful people in his life.


He also donated to the hospital a 5-by-8-foot U.S. flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The flag was a gift from U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, a Western Springs Democrat.


“We are fortunate that our hospital has John as a loyal volunteer,” said Sher Fox, director of volunteer services at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “He is an asset to the volunteer program and the entire organization.”

To volunteer at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, call (630) 856-4000