This is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and here at Central Florida Regional Hospital, volunteers play a critical role. Our volunteers greet visitors, run the gift shop, visit patients, and support family members. Meet a few key members of our volunteer team!
Susie Ridgeway has volunteered with us for almost five years. She’s the President of the Auxiliary, so she oversees the group and manages feedback from the volunteers. You’ll find Susie in our gift shop or supporting our administrative staff.
Susie decided to volunteer after her brother was a patient at Central Florida Regional Hospital. “I came to visit and thought, that’s something I can do! It’s really easy to become a volunteer here. And the most interesting part of volunteering is meeting all these people with these incredible backgrounds and wonderful stories to tell.”
Susie says her family “just landed here in Sanford” after purchasing a business. “I don’t know why you’d want to move anywhere else,” she says. “This area has everything.” Susie’s sister-in-law is also a volunteer at the hospital.
As President of the Auxiliary, Susie goes to the yearly convention for volunteers and brings back the information to share. She loves the experience and would like to encourage others to join her. “Right now we have about 112 active volunteers. And 125 would be ideal.”
“I’m from New York! I don’t know what to do with alligators!” says volunteer Tina Anderson. The Panama native ended up in Sanford via Manhattan, and says she was surprised to find an alligator at her door one day. Despite her reptile run-in, Tina loves the Sunshine State—and volunteering at Central Florida Regional Hospital.
Tina works in the surgical waiting room, where families wait for their loved ones to come out of surgery. “Every surgery is different. So I try to talk to each family and find out what’s going on so that I can help them as much as possible. Sometimes that’s simply walking with them to get an update, and other times I pray with them or console them.”
Tina says she and her husband have really settled in well. “I still go back to New York for parties and things, but it’s much better here when the snow comes!” she says.
Check back soon for more profiles of our amazing volunteers! If you’d like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Central Florida Regional Hospital, please call us at 407-321-4500.