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Junior volunteer lives to serve others at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital
Hinsdale – When Danielle Aument was a high school sophomore, she fulfilled a required service project by volunteering at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

But the 18-year-old Downers Grove resident soon became accustomed to helping the nurses by stocking shelves and delivering flowers. It wasn’t long before she earned a reputation as a model junior volunteer. She volunteered on the oncology floor for about a year, then transferred to the surgical waiting room.

Aument is now a senior at Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park and is still volunteering, even though she fulfilled her requirement. Last summer, she heard that volunteers were needed at the Hinsdale Imaging Center, formerly the DuPage Imaging Center. She began working there two hours a week and still puts in those hours after school on Mondays. There she has worked at the front desk, escorted patients into exam rooms, scanned and organized documents and stuffed envelopes.

“Despite her school, homework, sports, voice and piano lessons, and her social life, Danielle keeps asking if we need her to come in more,” said Debbie Plica, operational support supervisor at the Hinsdale Imaging Center. “She is genuinely concerned and cares about people and their feelings. She completed her project long ago but she enjoys making a difference and helping others. She’ll have a great career in the medical field some day.”

Aument will need to bring her multi-tasking skills and energy to Nashville, where she is headed in the fall. Not only will she be studying neuroscience at Belmont University there, she will also pursue a recording career. It’s a city with which she is well-acquainted as she has been making monthly visits there for some time. Aument has recorded a CD of five of her own songs and her producers are in Nashville.

Aument describes her music as pop with a little bit of rock. Two of the artists who have influenced her most are Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, both former American Idols.

While Aument will pursue her music, she is also looking forward to studying neuroscience.

“I have always been interested in the brain, and in doing research,” Aument said. “I might go to medical school, but I’m not sure.”

Among Aument’s biggest fans are her parents and her twin sisters who are 12. She can also count the employees at the Hinsdale Imaging Center. Aument’s mother brought her CD into the center when she arrived for an appointment. The staff didn’t know that their prize volunteer was also a singer and Aument was surprised to hear her CD playing the next time she showed up for her volunteer work.

“They play it whenever I come in,” Aument said. “I love working there.”

For information on junior volunteer opportunities, call Christine DeMaria, coordinator of the junior volunteer program at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, at (630) 856-4001.

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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.

Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.parro@ahss.org; 630-856-2354