Farmington Hills, MI (April 5, 2007)--- Rhea Berger has loved the medical profession since she was 10 years old and wanted to be a nurse. Instead of becoming a nurse, she chose other paths that kept her involved in health care including her first job at a family practice in Detroit running blood tests and EKGs. More than 50 years later, she continues to be involved in the medical field as a volunteer at Botsford Hospital.
For the past two years Rhea has been volunteering on the oncology unit at Botsford, gathering equipment for incoming cancer patients and putting packages together for the staff. Rhea chose to volunteer at Botsford after she lost her husband to lung cancer over four years ago. Her husband, Scotty, was diagnosed with lung cancer on September 11, 2001, at Botsford Hospital. Rhea was impressed with the Botsford staff that treated Scotty. Rhea says, “Everyone worked as team, and made a difference in my life and Scotty’s. Everyone, from the doctors to food services, made Scotty feel important. They all knew him and he knew them. Botsford’s small size made him a name; not just a number.”
After her husband passed away, Rhea took some time to mourn and then she returned to Botsford to volunteer on the oncology unit- the same place her husband was cared for during his illness.
Rhea knows the importance of giving and helping others. She has been doing this for years through fundraising for local organizations such as the Humane Society, the Leukemia Foundation and Wayne State University’s Hillberry Theater. Rhea believes “you should give while you’re living, so you can see where you’re giving.” She exemplifies this in her daily life making a difference at Botsford Hospital and throughout the community.
Botsford Hospital recognizes all 251-hospital volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 15-21. Cynthia Bonkowski, Botsford’s Volunteer Services Manager, says, “They are a treasured resource, and the hospital is fortunate to have such wonderful volunteers contributing to the health care needs of the community.” To become a volunteer at Botsford Hospital, please contact Volunteer Services at (248) 471-8082.
Botsford Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital and Emergency Department Settings. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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