It can be a very stressful time for families who are waiting for a loved one to come out of surgery. But it helps when you have someone to lean on.
At Strong Memorial Hospital, Rose Faucette has been there for countless families over the past eight years. She volunteers in the waiting room at Strong and is there when family members get good news and bad.
“I had a husband who had cancer,” Rose explains, “so I’ve been through the surgeries… He passed away in 2011.”
She adds, “Having been on the other side of the desk, I know how important it is to have somebody that has what I hope is a friendly face and a kind way.”
These sisters are thankful for Rose’s friendly face. They’ve been through a lot lately, losing their mother two years ago and now waiting for their father to come out of surgery.
“You always are nervous,” said Christina Bianco-Vanderbook. “When you lose a loved one to unexpected situations you can’t help but go back to that.”
But they say Rose helped them stay positive. “It’s fresh air. She’s a smile, she makes you feel good.”
She’s giving back a lot, serving nearly 6,000 hours as a volunteer at this hospital so far. “It gives me a reason to get up every day and I just enjoy being with people.”
And when the family gets good news, like Thursday, she enjoys it even more. “We just got the call from his nurse that he’s stable and he’s doing well.”
The outcome Rose hopes for every time.