After two knee replacements, Maureen Westwater is back at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Only this time, she's here for her soul. Maureen is the lead volunteer for a comprehensive care program geared to joint replacement patients, JointExperience. She works on the orthopedic unit, on the third floor of the O'Neill Building, where JointEx patients recover and rehab after surgery.
Five years ago, after her knee surgeries, Maureen made a commitment to volunteer at MedStar Good Samaritan. "I had such wonderful care here, I said when I get better, I'll spend my retirement working here," she explained. "It's good for the soul. It's a great feeling to share talents, give a little joy, and encourage patients. It's part of the healing process."
After 36 years of volunteering at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, Shirl Clodfelter shows no signs of slowing down. Throughout the week, Shirl alternates as a volunteer and patient representative in the radiology department on the first floor of the hospital.
When she left her job in 1971, Shirl, a Baltimore resident, wanted to volunteer somewhere close to home. "I like the feeling volunteering gives me, and I enjoy helping others," she explained. "I've been at Good Samaritan for so long, I have even outlasted some of the doctors. The people, atmosphere, and employees are what have kept me here so long."