April 15 – 21 is Healthcare Volunteer Week, a time for us to thank our selfless volunteers who give their time to those most in need. Fort Sanders Regional has sixteen different volunteer programs providing services such as escorting patients around the hospital to teaching expectant mothers on long-term bed rest how to knit. Our vibrant group of volunteers range from students to retirees, all of whom are devoted to putting our patients first. For more information about volunteer opportunities at Fort Sanders Regional, contact the Fort Sanders Volunteer Auxiliary at (865) 331-1249.
Today, we are featuring Carol Bell, a veteran volunteer at Fort Sanders Regional who spends most of her time working in the gift shop. All profits from the gift shop benefit our patients through the purchase of medical equipment for the hospital. Read more about Carol below.
Where are you from?
I’m from Knoxville.
How long have you volunteered at Fort Sanders Regional?
Tell us a little bit about being a volunteer at Fort Sanders Regional?
When I started here 15 years ago, I pushed a cart with toiletries for the patients and delivered them on each floor of the hospital. I have spent the last four years working in the gift shop where I do merchandising, set up displays and help decorate the hospital.
What do you love most about volunteering in healthcare?
I love the people. I have met so many nice people while volunteering here; many of the patients have now become my friends. We have such a great group of volunteers who I am friends with also.
Beach or mountain vacation?
I like the beach!
What is your favorite movie?
From Here To Eternity
If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Thank you, Carol, for donating your time so selflessly to our hospital!