Crozer Health Recognizes Volunteers During National Volunteer Week
During National Volunteer Week (April 16-22), Crozer Health recognizes and appreciates its volunteers who give so much of themselves to improve others’ lives. The volunteers play a significant role in the in-home hospice practice and assist in many different areas of Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Taylor Hospital.
“We are grateful for our volunteers who give so much of themselves for our patients,” said Anthony Esposito, CEO, “and we can’t thank them enough for their help and support.”
Below are five examples of the good work the volunteers – all Delaware County residents – do for patients every day.
Johanna Rebarchak, BS, MEd of Ridley Park, is a Eucharistic minister who visits hospice patients in their homes where she reads, plays music, and provides emotional support.
“Volunteering is a wonderful way to support people at very vulnerable times in their lives, and I always come away from a visit with a sense of peace and happiness that I was able to bring comfort to someone,” Johanna explained. “Listening to their stories, praying with them, engaging them in activities, and sometimes just sitting vigil can comfort them and their families, which they so appreciate. And the volunteer receives just as much as they give.”
John Dallas Bowers of Radnor, a retired marketing consultant, has volunteered for the health system since 2007. He used to provide his patients and families with audio and visual memories and life stories. Now he trains other hospice volunteers by asking questions and engaging them in the types of conversations they may encounter while working within the hospice program.
“I think the idea of investing oneself in others through volunteering is key to a fulfilling life,” John said. “It provides an opportunity to explore and share gifts we’ve been given, which in turn can deepen our sense of gratitude and reveal a deeper purpose in life.”
Linda Belfus is a publishing professional residing in Media. She is often found sitting with patients and families providing emotional support, a warm meal, goodies to sweeten their day, and a hand to hold to let them know they are not alone. She provides respite for caretakers who need a break from their everyday caregiving.
“Volunteers make a significant difference in the lives of others, and most have experienced the deep gratitude and appreciation of those they support, as well as their families and friends,” she said. “Volunteers feel a strong connection to those they are helping, cultivate friendships with other volunteers, strengthen their community, and serving the greater good and doing something truly meaningful with their time.”
Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Taylor Hospital
Rosemary Walsh, who lives in Boothwyn, volunteers at the information desk at Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s main lobby. She provides directions for visitors and support for whatever they may need. She’s helped out at the hospital on and off for the past 14 years.
“It’s important for me to contribute to be active and to give back in life” she said. “It’s heartwarming to be able to help people. Positive thoughts and compassion go a long way.”
Donna Adams, a former administrative assistant residing in Brookhaven, was once a patient at Taylor Hospital and for the past 6+ years, she has been giving back by volunteering at the Regional Rehabilitation Center at Taylor each week. She helps during mealtimes and assists patients in the physical therapy room.
“I wanted to volunteer because the nurses and therapists were so helpful to me years ago. And I get more out of volunteering than I give,” she said.”