Betsy Slager

Volunteer

Inspired by her sister’s hospice care experience, Betsy began volunteering her time. “I had only heard good things about Mount Evans when I came to Evergreen years ago. After being on the “inside” for a while now, I can only say that the devotion to patients, the love and compassion shown to all, and the dedication to great care that each and every one here has is totally inspiring. It is so nice to be a small part of something so wonderful.”

Betsy Slager, Volunteer - Our Heart is in the Home

Q: What kind of volunteer work do you do at Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice?
A: I’m a jack of many trades. While I don’t work directly with our patients, through the years I have spent a lot of time at the front desk doing reception and phones. I’ve done a lot of envelope stuffing. I’ve done some insurance and bill filings and have helped make the Christmas angels a few years ago. I love reaching out and thanking members of the community for their generous donations. They are always happy to hear how much we appreciate them. I’ve gotten so much out of working at Camp Comfort while meeting the children and their families and thanking them for entrusting their children to us. It is a privilege. I love helping our wonderful dedicated employees to perhaps lighten their load, so they can do more important things.

Q: Why did you want to work at Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice?
A: My dearest sister, Nancy, died from ovarian cancer in early 2016. I had the privilege of being with her for the last four months of her life. The amazing, loving, devoted care she received from her hospice team in Wisconsin was inspiring and amazing. Never have I seen or expressed such tremendous concern and love that my sister and our family received. I resolved that once I was over the worst of my terrible grief, I would very much like to offer my help. I wear my sister’s pearls to take her with me always.

Q: What do you find rewarding about your work?
A: Every single employee and all of our donors and community members always thank the volunteers for doing so much to help. To me, it doesn’t seem like that much, but I enjoy hearing it!

Q: Describe a moment from your job that touched your heart?
A: As I said, I love calling our donors. While I don’t know the amounts of their donation, I get a list of names and phone numbers. One day I reached out to an older gentleman to thank him for his help. He laughed and said, ‘I only gave $10 and you’re calling to thank me? Wow, what do you do for the heavy hitters?!’ We had a good laugh, and I let him know that we appreciate each and every donation as each dollar helps us support our mission to serve this community.

Q: Not all health care organizations are equal, what do you think makes Mount Evans special?
A: I had only heard good things about Mount Evans when I came to Evergreen years ago. After being on the “inside” for a while now, I can only say that the devotion to patients, the love and compassion shown to all, and the dedication to great care that each and every one here has is totally inspiring.

It is so nice to be a small part of something so wonderful.

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