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Volunteer’s respect for nurses grows as a patient
Photo caption: Susan Bonnevier of Western Springs volunteers in Same Day Surgery at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

Hinsdale –Adventist Hinsdale Hospital Volunteer of the Month Susan Bonnevier has always appreciated the nurses she works with in the hospital’s Same Day Surgery unit.

“The women in Day Surgery are wonderful nurses,” Bonnevier said. “They are good friends, and they’re like little angels.”

And so Bonnevier is pleased to help them wherever she can. Whether folding gowns, making sure the nurses have all the supplies they need, making juice and toast for patients and helping patients out of the hospital when their released, she’s always ready to offer up her services.

“It’s always a great atmosphere,” she said of the hospital. “It’s a good way to begin my week.”

Her respect for the nurses became all the greater after Bonnevier’s role changed from volunteer to patient at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Bonnevier recently underwent treatment at the hospital for breast cancer.

Bonnevier said she was blessed because the matter was a small one, much smaller than many have to deal with. But her worry was great nonetheless, especially in the beginning. She is thankful not just for the nurses in day surgery, but for the hospital as a whole.

“They took good care of me,” she said. “Everything was wonderful … I cannot say there was any department that was not very caring and gave me lots of confidence.”

A Western Springs resident, Bonnevier has volunteered at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital for the past eight years. She volunteered at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital in the 1960s, but took a break as her family grew and as she focused on her career as a teacher. She taught first in La Grange Park School District 102, then Western Springs School District 101 and later in Downers Grove District 58.

By the time she retired from teaching, Bonnevier was at the university level, helping train student teachers at Benedictine University.

“I had taught for many years, and it was good,” she said. “I had a change in my life. My husband passed away. I had lots of new things to do … I decided I needed something else that’s not so busy anymore.”

And yet, busy she remains. Bonnevier volunteers at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital once a week, on Mondays. She’s also a volunteer gardener at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook and a volunteer at The Corner Shoppe in La Grange. She’s also a member of the Western Springs Garden Club and active in the Women’s Society at Congregational Church in Western Springs.

Mary Pulaski, clinical coordinator of Same Day Surgery at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, nominated Bonnevier for the volunteer of the month award.

“Susan is an example of the ideal volunteer,” Pulaski said in her nomination of Bonnevier. “She arrives on time and is cheerful and upbeat. She is kind to both patients and staff and will assist anyone.”

Bonnevier said it’s a blessing to be able to give back to the hospital, and the work has been worthwhile. She has great appreciation for the nurses and their work.

“The things I do are kind of minimal, but it certainly helps them,” Bonnevier said. “That’s why I’m there.”

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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.

Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.

Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, christopher.lafortune@ahss.org; 630-856-2354