HEN I THINK about the number of hours worked
by our dedicated volunteers in the OR and Critical Care waiting
areas of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Memorial, I realize that time alone
cannot capture the essence of care these volunteers provide. Their
dedication is apparent in the hundreds of steps they take, constantly
walking up and down hospital hallways and in and out of nursing
units to gather information in an effort to keep patients’
families well-informed and to answer their questions. It is also
evidenced in the many silent prayers they offer for patients and
families, in a tender, caring glance, or unspoken word.
log of volunteer hours worked cannot capture the pride and care
we take in keeping waiting areas quiet and orderly so that nurses
and other caregivers are able to give patients their undivided attention.
At times, I ask myself why I continue to volunteer.
Maybe it is the feeling I get when I hear heartfelt sighs of relief
from family members who listen attentively to reassuring words spoken
softly by the physician who tells them that their son or mother
will survive. It is an indescribable euphoria, a feeling of peace
that washes over me knowing that in so many cases, a miracle has
occurred. In fact, miracles occur daily here in the OR/Critical
Care waiting areas of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Memorial.
Or perhaps I continue to volunteer simply to be close to other volunteers
who give selflessly to people they have never even met. These guardian
angels—volunteers who devote their precious time, day after
day, year after year, in that waiting area, comforting strangers
in need—are now eternally bonded.
Again, I ask myself, why continue to volunteer after 36 years? What
a foolish question! Instead, I should be asking everyone I pass
in the hallways… why aren’t you volunteering, so you,
too, can see and be a part of all the miracles that occur here at
CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Memorial?
CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Memorial
Corpus Christi, Texas