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Rose Springer: Blooming Where You Are Planted

Rose Springer remembers the day 10 years ago when her deceased husband received a card from GSH asking him to volunteer. After reading the card, Rose thought, “My husband can’t volunteer, but I can.”

“I was in so much pain after my husband passed away,” says Rose. “I walked into Good Sam Hospital and told them I’d like to volunteer in place of my husband. I knew this was the answer to my prayers.”

Volunteering and helping others has helped Rose heal. “What better place to volunteer my time than a hospital where people are hurting? This is the best place for me. I’m a people person, and I love what I do.”

Her first assignment was at the hospital’s information desk, and she’s been there for a decade. Rose enjoys greeting people. Her genuine smile and positive personality helps put visitors at ease. She is known for her kind words, caring attitude, and willingness to listen. “I have been blessed in my life, and after 38 years of teaching elementary school, I just wanted to give back all that has been given to me.”

Rose knows God placed her at GSH. She is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the volunteer family, and she believes in “blooming where I’m planted.”

Bill Adams: “Volunteering Is a Blessing”

After Bill Adams retired from his job with Kroger, his daughter, a Registered Nurse at GSH, suggested volunteer work at the hospital. Bill didn’t think he wanted to be around people who were ill, but his daughter said, “Just go try it for a week and see how you feel.”

Thirteen years later, Bill is still at GSH volunteering two days a week. He says, “Volunteering is a blessing, and helping people is worth it all.” Over the years, he has worked in many departments. Currently, he helps in the radiology waiting area transferring patients to other parts of the hospital for tests and procedures. He recalls working with a patient who had just found out she needed immediate surgery. Bill met her family and escorted them to her room so they could be together. Later, he revisited the patient, held prayer with her, and cried with her family.

Bill is well known for recruiting other people to join the GSH Volunteer Services department. “All of the volunteers are like family. We’re good friends, helping out whenever and wherever we are needed.” At age 81, Bill plans to continue his volunteer work and stay busy as long as possible.

Content Updated: November 19, 2014

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