Volunteers crucial to the success of community hospitals - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Volunteers crucial to the success of community hospitals

There are many opportunities to serve in your own community. All it takes is a little outreach. (Source: WAFF) There are many opportunities to serve in your own community. All it takes is a little outreach. (Source: WAFF)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Many people remember the days of the "candy striper" in local hospitals - people who volunteered their time and efforts. 

Today's community hospitals depend on volunteers to help in many areas.

Ray Noblitt has been a volunteer at Decatur Morgan Hospital for 13 years. He is a retired engineer who says he loves seeing people he knows.

"I retired in 2001 and I thought I needed something good to do," Noblitt said. "I never had time to do this when I was working, and I just think it's a good thing to do."

His buddy, Ralph Marshall, also loves his volunteer time.

"I've been doing this now for a year and a half, and I retired from the concrete business... and I decided I would come up here and started doing this," said Marshall. "It gives you a sense of joy to be able to help people, and then I meet so many co-workers, classmates that come through."

Most of the volunteers we talked with are retired and they're looking for something to do with their time. What they may not realize at the beginning of their volunteering is they are really providing a great service for their local community hospital.

Community relations coordinator Kathy White Goodwin says it's a win-win for everyone. "Our adult volunteers have been in the workforce and after they have retired, they are still wanting to do something," Goodwin said. "Healthwise, most doctors will tell you that staying active after retirement is the best preventative medicine you can do."

She says volunteering also allows employees to concentrate on medical care for the patient.

"We have a job to do and we can concentrate so much on the clinical aspect, where our volunteers can come in and help with the patients and with us, the employees, to lighten our load," said Goodwin.

She adds you'll find them giving directions, escorting, helping in the gift shop and so much more.

"We have retired nurses who help with health fairs," she said.

There are many opportunities to serve in your own community. All it takes is a little outreach.

Copyright 2016 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Report an Error | Submit a Tip to WAFF 48

Powered by Frankly