Janelle Moore and the staff on the post anesthesia care unit would like to congratulate Ron Herron as Volunteer of the month. Ron has been volunteering at NCH since March 2011 and has provided over 300 hours or service.
Child Life Specialist, Janelle Moore, states “I’d like to nominate Ron Herron for Volunteer of the Month because he truly demonstrates the spirit of volunteerism. He exhibits commitment, sustainability and dedication.” Ron started volunteering about three years ago in the PACU which is a very unique area where volunteers are able to provide support to patients postoperatively. At times, this environment can be intimidating and intense as monitors are beeping, emotions are high, sounds are amplified, and patients are waking up without caregivers at bedside. Ron has a natural sense of ease with patients he works with. He is often assisting staff in transporting patients by pushing their beds/cribs back to the discharge area of the surgery unit. Other times, Ron has been seen comforting patients at bedside. Unit coordinator Sherri comments, “We cannot say enough nice things about Ron. He is dependable as he is here every week. He is very good at comforting the children and always wants to help. When he is not helping the nurses, he is cutting things out for me or folding wash cloths and towels for the PCA’s. Ron has such an infectious spirit which is contagious to staff and patients.” Shirley, a PACU RN adds, “Ron is always helpful and happy to be here! He loves to hold children and comfort them. I do think they often feel like they are in a loving grandpa’s arms! He also looks around and offers to do other things. He makes himself useful and I believe he feels a part of the unit. We look forward to our Thursdays with Ron.
He also takes great care of our staff with his amazing baking and other cooking!” The PACU staff are so thankful for Ron’s positive attitude, flexible and commitment to the unit. Family and Volunteer Services and the post anesthesia care unit staff extend congratulations to Ron on his selection as the January Volunteer of the Month.