In September, Hurricane Irma impacted Tenet’s Florida hospitals, including Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach. It is during these times, our staff shows true courage, including some of our veteran volunteers.
Even in the midst of Hurricane Irma, Delray Medical Center’s 92-year-old volunteer, Bertha Gordon, continued to volunteer her time at the hospital’s ER making beds, visiting with patients and helping to provide the best patient experience possible. Gordon wears many hats at Delray Medical – she is President of the Auxiliary, Star Walker, Golf Tournament organizer, Santa’s elf, and emergency department volunteer. For a little lady, she packs a lot of energy. Her 26 years and almost 7,000 hours of volunteer experience at Delray Medical Center has taught her that you always get back more than you give.
“Bertha brings joy to our patients and we were so pleased to have her here with us during the storm,” said Mark Bryan, CEO of Delray Medical Center.
Bertha always wanted to be a nurse, but she was drawn into the business world. Her passion for the medical field and her compassion for people make her a perfect fit in the emergency department where she helps make patients and families more comfortable. She feels the teamwork and incredible trauma care at Delray Medical Center make it a very exceptional place to volunteer. Bertha believes that each individual is special so she works hard to make patients and families feel special in the ED. People often stop her in public places because they remember her from an ED visit.