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Volunteer tickles the ivories for hospital visitors

Hinsdale, IL – Come to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital at the right time, and you might catch Barbara Cochran tickling the ivories in the main lobby. A nearly lifelong Hinsdale resident who now splits her time between homes in Willowbrook and Carefree, Ariz., Cochran recently began playing the hospital’s piano on a volunteer basis twice a week. Hospital staff members, who are used to passing by an empty seat at the player piano, have commented favorably on her live playing since she started in late May.

“I have played and sung all my life,” said Cochran, who is retired. “Music is a wonderful vocation because you can fit it in no matter what else you’re doing if you make it a priority.”

Cochran was inspired to sign up as a volunteer at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital after reading a local newspaper article featuring one of the hospital’s many volunteers. She plays the piano once a week at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, near her winter home. Her husband spent much time in that hospital before dying of cancer.

“When I read that article, I thought, ‘Gosh, I know there’s a piano there,’” Cochran said. “So I called, and the next thing I knew, I was playing there. It’s a beautiful place to play. I just love doing it. I love to sit and play.”

The Cochrans raised their two daughters in a home on east Walnut Street near the hospital. Both children were born at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, as were Cochran’s brother and sister, and many family members were patients from time to time.

“My Hinsdale roots run deep,” Cochran said.

To volunteer at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, call (630) 856-4000. Sher Fox, director of volunteer services, is looking for additional volunteers – including piano players.


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