A man enters the lobby of Virginia Hospital Center and slowly, deliberately approaches the check-in point, a pair of sad eyes visible above his mask. Quietly, he explains he is here to collect the belongings of his recently deceased wife. He patiently waits in the lobby as a security officer collects the items. As he prepares to leave, he turns back to say, “I’ve avoided coming back up here since she passed. Thank you. I’m glad that I came back to collect her things. It helps.”

This is just one out of the thousands of interactions that take place in the entrance of your community hospital each day. As we continue to grapple with Covid-19, VHC has suspended our use of volunteers to limit community exposure. To fill this vital role, our own employees are volunteering to honor our mission of serving the health care needs of our community.

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