Abrazo Scottsdale campus seeks hospital volunteers

Richard Carpenter (photo by Abrazo Community Health Network)

Richard Carpenter (photo by Abrazo Community Health Network)

Richard Carpenter’s smiling face greets visitors as they arrive at the Abrazo Scottsdale Campus Emergency Department.

“The first impression many patients get is when they come into the triage area of the Emergency Department, and a volunteer is often the first person they meet. We make sure they get the help they need,” Mr. Carpenter said.

Mr. Carpenter, 73, has been volunteering about 500 hours a year at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus since 2010.

“When I retired, I realized daytime TV was not in my future,” he said. “I began working at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus in the Emergency Department because I wanted to be where the people are. With all the doctors, nurses and patients coming and going, I got my wish.”

Mr. Carpenter and the other volunteers do any job that needs doing under the direction of the nurses and doctors. They tell patients how to get registered, or they get them a wheelchair if they need to sit down. They take patients back to their rooms, help them get into their gowns and get ready to see the nurses and doctors.

He says he does this work because he knows how important it is to put people at ease, especially when they’re coming to the hospital for the first time.

“I love talking to the children to help them be less scared and apprehensive,’’ Mr. Carpenter said.

Abrazo Scottsdale Campus, 3929 E. Bell Road, is seeking more retirees to volunteer at the hospital.

“Throughout the year, volunteers play a key role at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus helping out day to day and giving our patients a sense of community and a personal touch that lets them know their neighbors care,’’ said Dr. David Tupponce, Abrazo Scottsdale Campus Chief Executive officer.

Volunteers can help patients by escorting them to their destinations and providing water and ice.  They also can perform clerical duties and help at the guest relation desks.

Abrazo Scottsdale Campus, 3929 E. Bell Road, is a 136-bed full-service acute care hospital offers an accredited chest pain center, wound care and hyperbaric (high pressure) medicine, high-tech navigation system for orthopedic procedures, da Vinci robotic surgery, surgical weight loss, navigational technology, sports medicine, expanded rehabilitation services, enhanced diagnostic imaging and women’s programs.

For more information about volunteering, contact Janet Iennarella at 602-923-5177 or jliennarella@AbrazoHealth.com. An online volunteer form is available at AbrazoHealth.com.

Editor's Note: Ms. Baker is a professional at Abrazo Community Health Network.

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