Volunteers Recruited to Give TLC
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The Shreveport Times —-Women's News At Confederate Memorial Page 3-E Sunday, Aug 20, 1972 Society News Volunteers Recruited to Give TLC By Margaret Martin Times Medical Writer Prescription: Tender Loving Care (TLC). A schmaltzy cliche, but treatment pregnant women get when t h e y go to their personal physician, and something Dr. Arthur Fort wants the private patients of the state of Louisiana to get when they come to Confederate Memo-rial Medical Center. TLC: A pat of reassurance on the shoulder, an assist While removing her clothes, something as simple as a smile — and always somecae with time to answer questions. Not m u c h to ask. But virtually impossible to deliver at Confederate in the past when two nurses and an aide — on a given busy morning — were saddled with myriad necessary c l e r i c a l or mundane chores in addition to their professional duties, and had no time for extras. But volunteers could do it. So Fort — head of obstetrics and gynecology for both Confederate and Louisiana State U n i v e r s i t y Medical School at Shreveport — went to Mrs. Albert Stephens, head volunteer for the Shreveport JunLr League. "I figured they were the people to talk to," he added. He told her he needed help. She was delighted. "We've been trying to get out there (Confederate) for years," Mrs. Stephens, wife of a Shreveport allergist, saicl in an interview at her two-story Centenary Boulevard home. I Although the summer program is a pilot project, "we'll continue as long as Confederate wants us." And she confided, "We hope by doing a good job here we can get volunteers throughout the hospital." * Junior League members make up the majority of the 14 volunteers, but "we also recruited from the Volunteer Ser-vices Bureau." Although Mrs. Stephens said the Junior League is trying to get away from the wealthy, socialite image, she admit-ted that, "most volunteers had not been exposed to this type of experience." ANOTHER ELEMENT "No one knew what it would be like," she added. "It as an exposure to a whole other element of people — dependent on charity type care." Although Fort initially discussed the matter of volunteers with Junior League o f f i c i a l s , placement is through the Volunteer Services Bureau, headed by Mrs. William C. Gilmer. She emphasized that members of the community are needed for the program and do not have to be members of the Junior League. She feels it offers an opportunity for women "to serve to help meet the health needs of the disadvantaged people of the community." If you are interested, call Mrs. Gilmer at 424-1509 for an interview. The 14 volunteers work 8:30-11:30 a.m. two half days or one whole day a week. Obstetrics-gynecology clinics are s c h e d u l e d eveij morning and two afternoons a week. They expect 16 volunteers in the fall. Most of them come, Mrs. Stephens said, "a few minutes early ana always stay a few minutes late. They say you just can't leave . . . you don't walk away when you know they netJ you." A typical volunteer is Mrs. Kenneth Williams, a physical education teacher at Byrd High School in the winter, who said as she labeled a tube holding a blood sample, "I've found my niche in life." Mrs. Williams and non-Junior Leagu-er Mrs. Dwight Tietjen — whose husband is a physical therapist — were working in the narrow pasageway which sep-arates the examining rooms from a counter holding supplies and equipment. WEIGHED AND WAITING Patients, many young and scared, some unmarried — all poor — had already been weighed and were waiting in line for a blood test. "I'd like to go on all year long," commented Mrs. Williams, filling out the paper, which attached to a rubber band is stretched around the test tube. Overhearing the conversation, a shy and pretty patient said, "You taught at Byrd last year. I went to Byrd last year. I was a freshman." "You did?" smiled Mrs. Williams, "You going back?" "Yes," answered the girl attending her first obstetrics clinic. To another patient, who grimaced as she was about to have the needle thrust into the vein in her arm, Mrs. Williams said, "Look at me — it's not that bad." Mrs. Tietjen stepped forward to hold the pregnant woman's hand. The volunteers were there when the doctors came, there to assist with draping the patients, put the patient's legs in the stirrups for a pelvic examination, telling tlhem to "scoot way down." Volunteers like Mrs. J. C. McClure, who admitted her nervousness the first day, but who looked and sounded like she had worked in hospitals all of her life as she handed the resident a Pap Test swab and slide, took it from him, dropped in a bottle, presented him with the gonorrhea culture and swab. Zippering up the patient's dress, she pointed to the waiting room and added, "Wait out there and go to diet clinic." Quickly as another entered, she or-dered, "Climb up on the end of the table." VITAMINS AND WORDS "We give them vitamins and litera-ture about being a m o t h e r , " she explained as she pulled several white boxes from a carton and placed them in the cloth-enclosed waiting rooms. She's as familiar with a speculum and a t e n a c u l u m as though they were instruments in the kitchen where she prepares meals for a family of six — not medical equipment. Mrs. Harold Quinn Jr. was reticent about talking of her part in the clinic, but said that "it is a program which needs volunteers — Arthur Fort con-vinced everybody of that." "Tender loving care is a nice thing — they need it an awful lot," she said, adding that it means a lot to the patients when you say, "Hi. How are you this mornin'?" She plans to continue working this fall. Mrs. E. P. Lee III is a school teacher whose husband is a chemist. She has worked hi inner city schools in Battle Creek, Mich., so although at first the job was "only my summer placement, it has turned out to be extremely interesting. I'm hoping to get back there next summer." "They make you feel very useful," she said, "so appreciative that you have time to relax and talk to them." Plantation wife, Mrs. J. L. Sloan says the volunteer work at C o n f e d e r a t e "makes me feel like I've been in a shell." "I liked it from the start — from the very start," she added with emphasis. "It's not like other volunteer work — they let us do so much." She's pleased that the doctors discuss the various procedures and diseases. "They let us see what they are doing and let us ask questions." POPULAR PLACEMENT "It'll be the m o s t popular place-ment," she predicted. The volunteers also include Mrs. Patrick Cooney, Mrs. C. C. Townsend, Linda Tombrello, from the Volunteer Services Bureau, and Mrs. James R. Lang, Mrs. Neal B a r e m o r e , Peggy McClure, Mrs. Robert D. Fletcher, Mrs. Zama Jones, all Junior League mem-bers. They escort the patients to the diet clinic, change the paper on the examin-ing room table, pull charts, w e i g h patients, carry specimens to the labora-tory, stamp the patient's n a m e on necessary papers — a l l n o n n u r s i n g duties. They can't, for instance, draw blood, give medications, work a catheter. The nurses like them, though. "I was skeptical at first," said Pat Ramsey, who has been working in the clinic for six years. A calm - cool - and-colleeted-in-the-midst- of all-the-confusion-type n u r s e , Mrs. Ramsey, pointing into space, said, "We did every bit of it before — Mary (Pinesett, the aide) and two nurses . . ." "Phone answering helps us a whole lot," she said, referring to the constantly Patient Records must be kept up to date and one of the functions of the volunteers from the Junior League and the Volunteer Services Bureau is to assist Confederate personnel in this duty. Dr. William J. Moss, second-year resident in obstetrics and gynecology, explains the procedure to Linda Tombrello, who is from the Volunteer Services Bureau. (Times Photo by John Denison) ringing instrument in one corner of the clinic. Mrs. Pinesett said, "I think they are wonderful," adding that the volunteers have certainly made her work easier. "With just two nurses — I pitched in and helped. We are a team. We work as a team. I am concerned about the patients," Mrs. Pinesett added. Fort's obstetrics-gynecology volunteer corps has elicited so much interest that two sustaining Junior League members have signed up for fall work, including a past president, Mrs. Robert E. King. Mrs. A. M. Leary — whose daughter is placement chairman for the group — said she has done "volunteer work all my life. My mother died in January and I needed something to occupy time." During World War II "I worked in a Charity Hospital in New Orleans clinic." NEEDED HELP Fort emphasizes that the nurses and the aides have been doing an amazing job with the patient load. "They get less pay and less ideal working conditions than on the outside, but they needed help." He w a n t s the ob-gyn residents in training to treat patients (18,000 in a year, 356 in an average week) "just like they are at the finest private clinic around." "Just like they would treat my wife," he adds. The physician is adamant on the subject, but he also r e a l i z e s that "crowded space and not enough people" make the task difficult. For the future, Fort would 1 i k e to have "a volunteer meet the ob-gyn patient at the front door of the hospital, introduce themselves, welcome her to the hospital and bring her upstairs." Then, as if not to sound too ambitious he adds, "If not at the front door of the hospital, at least at the front door of the clinic."
|Title||Volunteers Recruited to Give TLC|
Denison, John L.
Shreveport Junior League (Shreveport, La.)
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fort, Arthur T.
Volunteer Services Bureau (Shreveport, La.)
|Notes||Photo of Dr. William J. Moss and Linda Tombrello. Photo of Dr. Arthur Fort and Mrs. J. L. Sloan. Photo of Mrs. Zama Jones.|
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