Glendale Heights, IL – A longtime volunteer at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital recently was honored for 22 years of faithful service. Dorothy Nelson, a longtime Glen Ellyn resident who recently moved to an assisted living center in West Chicago, retired from volunteering in June. She was the hospital’s most senior and longest-serving volunteer.
The 88-year-old former health care worker had spent years working in the central supply departments of hospitals in the Chicago suburbs and Phoenix, Ariz., where she and her husband spent their golden years. She began volunteering at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in 1985, two years after her husband died.
“I didn’t have anything to do and I saw a notice in the local newspaper that the hospital needed volunteers, so I applied and they hired me,” Nelson said.
Her volunteer service began in the emergency room. She then helped patients in the medical/surgical unit and worked briefly in the ambulatory care department. A knee replacement later in life limited her mobility, so Nelson worked at the hospital’s front desk. She worked three days a week until her retirement, accumulating more than 14,000 volunteer hours.
“Dorothy has been such a blessing to the hospital over the years,” said Sally Frodin, manager of volunteer services. “She will certainly be missed.”
For more information about volunteering at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, call (630) 545-4992.
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