Hinsdale – After
retiring from a fulfilling career in education, Mary Pulsifer chose to remain
active and involved in her community. The Clarendon Hills resident sought a
volunteer job that was challenging enough to keep her interest. She found it at
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
Since April 2008, Pulsifer has been volunteering on Tuesdays at the
post-anesthesia recovery unit, or PACU, where she supports nurses in their care
of patients waking up after surgery.
“Anyone who sticks with a volunteer job has
to be getting intrinsic rewards for their work,” Pulsifer said of her tenure at
the hospital. “And I can’t say enough about the people I work with. The entire staff
treats me with respect as they would a professional colleague.”
In her work at PACU, Pulsifer serves as a liaison for family
visits. She assists with arrangements for relatives to visit the patient in
recovery, meeting them at the elevator and escorting them to the unit. She
retrieves items the nurses request for the patient, such as ice packs or warm
towels, in addition to answering and fielding unit phone calls.
For her dedication and professionalism, Pulsifer was
recognized as volunteer of the month.
“Mary has made a very positive impression,” said Rose
Ziffra, PACU manager. “She always has a smile. She is punctual and polite, and
always willing to help with other tasks. Mary is respectful of the patients’
privacy. She makes sure the curtains are closed before she escorts the family
into the unit.”
“I try to assist the PACU staff, allowing them to spend more
time on quality patient care,” Pulsifer said.
Pulsifer retired after 36 years in the Hinsdale school
system where she taught kindergarten, served as an assistant principal, and
then returned to the classroom as an art teacher. After retiring from full-time
work, she served as an instructional assistant in special education for
pre-school children. She still works as a substitute teacher but reserves her
Tuesdays for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
In addition to her work at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital,
Pulsifer also volunteers as an usher at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and
walks dogs for the Hinsdale Humane Society. She and her husband James, an
accountant, rescued two dogs, a Labrador and a fox hound mix.
For information on volunteering, visit www.keepingyouwell.com, or contact
Sher Fox, director of volunteer services, at (630) 856-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist
Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist
Hospital and Adventist La Grange
Memorial Hospital. To
find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Media contact: Lisa
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