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Volunteer helps lost people in Waikato Hospital

If you are ever lost in Waikato Hospital and see volunteer host Rosemary Green, you know your wandering time in the hospital is over.

This long-time volunteer has contributed 1800 hours over nearly eight years to provide help with directions, information and practical assistance at Waikato Hospital.

During that period the hospital underwent a major redevelopment which saw buildings demolished, new ones built in their place; corridors, doors and wards moved overnight and then back again the following week.

Plus she also helps out as a volunteer chaplaincy assistant which involves visiting patients, providing pastoral conversation and a listening ear.

All this with a smiling face, a positive attitude and an ability to help lost people find out where they need to go.

Some of the Waikato DHB youth volunteers at a recent celebration event with Chris Atkinson at rear, in middle

Some of the Waikato DHB youth volunteers at a recent celebration event with Chris Atkinson at rear, in middle

Waikato DHB volunteer coordinator Chris Atkinson said Rosemary does all this in a sensitive, caring way and is happy to share her knowledge of the hospital with others as well as mentor new team members.

“Rosemary’s smiling face provides a warm welcome to the hospital and this positive attitude means she is always happy to assist people no matter what difficulty they are experiencing.

“In her chaplaincy role, Rosemary’s compassionate service is hugely valued and appreciated – she will often pay an extra visit to someone in need and recently found time to assist the Friends of Hospital Chaplaincy team with their street appeal,” said Mrs Atkinson.

Mrs Green also makes a big contribution to her church community.

“Rosemary is not someone who looks for accolades but certainly deserves them. We couldn’t ask for a more motivated, committed person to be part of our volunteer team and we thoroughly enjoy having her on our campus working with patients and visitors,” said Mrs Atkinson.

Waikato DHB has 204 volunteers based on the Waiora Waikato hospital campus. Here are just some of them at a recent celebration.

Waikato DHB has 204 volunteers based on the Waiora Waikato hospital campus. Here are just some of them at a recent celebration.

Waikato DHB has 204 volunteers based on the Waiora Waikato hospital campus in 42 different roles.

Collectively they gift 38,000 hours each year.

“Our philosophy in involving volunteers in a health care setting is that they bring an additional dimension to the comfort and welfare of patients and visitors,” said Mrs Atkinson.

“This philosophy is put into action through the hard work and dedication of volunteers like Rosemary whose genuine concern for others is witnessed every day in our corridors, wards and departments.”

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