Rewards of Volunteering
It feels good to help others. It's even good for your health. As a volunteer at Greenwich Hospital, you'll enjoy an important sense of camaraderie and teamwork as you collaborate with hospital staff. The goal is to make the experience of patients and their families as pleasant and positive as possible.
Greenwich Hospital volunteers are appreciated and valued by the hospital community for their gift of time and commitment.
Greenwich Hospital volunteers also receive:
- Free hospital parking
- Discounts on purchases in the Gift and Thrift Shops
- Subsidized membership, after six months of volunteering, at Greenwich Hospital's Center for Healthy Living
- Access to educational seminars on current medical and wellness topics
- Regular communication through the hospital website and volunteer newsletter
- Membership in the Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary, the group that spearheads the Volunteer program.
Volunteer Robert Meltzer, Quality Award Winner
Good deeds built one on the other after Red Baron Bob Meltzer became personally involved in
helping a patient who lived alone in distressed circumstances. For pitching in again and again, Meltzer won the Quality Award for June.
“Bob was escorting a patient to Ultrasound and on the return trip, he struck up a conversation,” wrote his nominator. “The patient was in a lot of pain and extremely upset that he was going to be admitted to the hospital. He explained to Bob that his two dogs were at home and needed to be fed.
Bob offered to call a friend or neighbor for him, but the patient explained there was no one to call. That’s when Bob stepped in and offered to help. “When Bob got to the patient’s home, there was very little food for the dogs and not much for the owner either. He made a trip to the store and bought food for the dogs and the basics for the patient so he would have something upon his return home. Over the last several weeks Bob has fed, walked and cared for the dogs and on one occasion even arranged a visit to the vet.
Our patient has been in and out of the hospital and Bob has been there to care for his pets and even
lend a hand with other needs. In the end, because the patient could no longer care for the dogs,
Bob honored his request and helped to find new permanent homes for the dogs.
“The extraordinary help he provided for this patient and his pets are a fine example of Bob’s kindness, generosity and resourcefulness. He listened to the special worries and needs of a patient and extended himself in a truly magnificent way.”
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