Volunteer Allison Bradee (pictured) was one of several volunteers to pilot a new volunteer role, Perioperative Escorts, in the new surgery space that opened on the Minneapolis campus in September. Soon to be coming to the St. Paul campus, the escort role has become an essential function that families, staff, and fellow volunteers rely on. Duties are focused on making families’ surgery experiences as positive and stress-free as possible. These duties include: escorting families to and from the operating rooms, accompanying families to their cars, offering refreshments, sanitizing toys, helping with pre-operative room setup, and assisting with administrative tasks. In this unique role, volunteers wear scrubs and identify themselves by wearing RED surgery caps!
Allison begins her Tuesday morning at Children’s at 7:15 am (a time when many of us are just waking up and getting ready for the day). She tells us that she loves the role and could not imagine being in another role or another place. Allison has been with us since August 2009, when she started volunteering with the Pre-Surgery Program. We are fortunate to have her here until the fall…when she’s off to medical school!
There are currently a small number of early-morning to early-afternoon escort shifts available. If you’re pre-med, pre-nursing, like to stay busy, or simply like the look & feel of scrubs, please contact the Minneapolis Volunteer Services office for more details at (612) 813-6200.