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Volunteers plant benches in hospital rooftop garden
Photo caption: From left, Ed Cryer of Downers Grove, John Gerberi of Brookfield and Bill Gwodz of Downers Grove stand with one of the benches donated to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital by its Volunteer Board. Cryer, Gerberi and Gwodz put the benches together.

Hinsdale – To honor volunteers past and present, the Volunteer Board at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital has donated two benches for the hospital’s second floor rooftop garden.

The benches went in earlier this summer and are available to anyone who’d like to have a seat and enjoy the rooftop plantings, said Lora Cummings, volunteer services director. The benches are a way to honor all of the hospital’s volunteers, past and present.

“The Volunteer Board had decided it would like to do something for the hospital out of the volunteer dues funds that are paid annually,” Cummings said.

The volunteers have donated other large items to the hospital in the past, including artwork, Cummings said, but also support other programs. For instance, the weekly sewing group will pay for some of the materials used to construct pediatric pillows for the hospital’s younger patients.

Volunteer Board Treasurer Ed Cryer helped bring the benches to the hospital garden. Both benches are engraved with a dedication, and both are made of recycled plastic.

“We didn’t want anything that would have heavy maintenance, and I’m into recycling, anyway,” Cryer said.

The benches are a good place to sit and contemplate, or to enjoy a good sunrise or sunset, Cryer said.

“We were trying to come up with something, and I also volunteer at the zoo, and people donate benches there,” Cryer said. “That’s where the idea started.”


Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit

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Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; (630) 856-2354.