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Hospital volunteer provides more than 2,100 hours of service

Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.parro@ahss.org

Hinsdale – Ed Cryer was named the volunteer of the month after nine years and more than 2,100 hours of service.  When Cryer retired, he had a desire to help others through community service, so he began working at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital as an escort volunteer. 

“I enjoy working as an escort because it allows me to talk to the patients,” said Cryer, a resident of unincorporated Dupage County near Downers Grove. “I also really enjoy the crew I work with.  They have made my time as a volunteer very enjoyable.”

As a volunteer in escort services, Cryer is responsible for transporting patients to and from testing, bringing specimen and blood samples to the labs, discharging patients, and doing other errands for hospital staff.  He also went above and beyond his typical volunteer duties by creating all of the visitor and evacuation maps for the hospital.  Cryer said he constructed more than 100 maps in a process that took hundreds of hours because he thought the old maps were unclear and needed to be updated. 

“Ed came forward on his own accord offering me assistance with hospital evacuation plans,” said Kathy Tolomeo, safety manager at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “Ed’s expertise has added to the improvement of safety in the hospital for patients, visitors and staff.”

Cryer worked for 38 years as a design manager for Electro-Motive, a division of General Motors, until he retired in 2001.  Cryer also actively volunteers at numerous other places including the West Suburban Humane Society, Brookfield Zoo and Community Presbyterian Church in Clarendon Hills.  He and his wife of 45 years, Diane, have three children and five grandchildren. Cryer’s daughter works in the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab.  

“When I retired I knew I wouldn’t be able to just sit around,” said Cryer.  “I decided to volunteer at the hospital because my daughter works there and all of my kids were born there.  It’s just my nature to do volunteer work.”

Tolomeo described Ed as a professional, kind, thorough and attentive individual.  She said, “Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is fortunate to have him as one of our volunteers.”

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

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.  To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.