98-Year-Old Hospital Volunteer Keeps Giving Back

5:06 PM, Jun 11, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, N.C. - We're all pressed for time, working every day, hoping we can relax and retire at some point. However, some people just love to stay busy and refuse to slow down.

Paul Brackbill retired from his accounting job back in 1977. He cringed at the thought of staying home and relaxing. So, he signed up to volunteer at Moses Cone Hospital. He hasn't slowed down since.

"That's not the way to live. You should stay active," Brackbill said.

He's 98-years-old and doesn't rely on anyone to get him to his hospital volunteer job. He drives himself every week.

Paul calls himself a dispatcher. When a patient is ready to go home, they call him. He sends a wheelchair.

"This is not a stressful job. Sitting and answering the phone is not work," Brackbill said. "This job here is designed for older people."

He's spent twenty-two years volunteering at the hospital. So, why does he keep coming back?

Fellow volunteer Gladys Clapp jokes, "He comes to get all the goodies...I bring strawberry shortcake or pies or cakes."

But, if you ask Paul, he'll tell you he comes because, "Somebody has to do it."

Paul also volunteers at his retirement center. He volunteers at the gift shop, helps take care of birds, leads a poetry group and helps out at the library.

Moses Cone Hospital relies on a team of more than 200 volunteers. So far this year, those volunteers have donated more than 60,000 hours of their time. The hospital is always looking for more volunteers.

If you'd like to volunteer, attend an information session. They are offered twice a month: the second Thursday of the month at Noon or the Fourth Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Meet at Moses Cone Hospital, Third Floor Solarium. These meetings are for anyone who wants to volunteer at any Cone Health area hospital.


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