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Jedediah Venable: Making connections with patients and families

Posted on Apr. 14, 2014 ( comments)
Every other Friday night you can find volunteer Jedediah Venable on the oncology floor at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.

A pre-nursing student at Pierce College, Venable first learned about the volunteer opportunity at school. He has been volunteering for more than a year and keeps coming back to Good Samaritan Hospital for reasons bigger than prerequisites.

“I’m drawn to the feeling of doing something bigger. Making a difference,” Venable said. “Everyone is here to help people. That’s what keeps me coming back.”

Venable is currently an aircraft mechanic in the United States Air Force. He began working in the surgery waiting room as a liaison for family members before moving to oncology.

He is no stranger to volunteer work and says MultiCare offers him the opportunity to connect his time more closely with his long-term goals.

Colleen C. Collins, East Pierce Region Volunteer Coordinator, calls Venable a gift.

“He has a wonderful way of connecting with the patients and their families,” Collins said. “It is not uncommon for patients to want to talk with him, or for family members to feel safe to cry and share their feelings.”

Venable recalled an important talk with a patient.

“I stopped by his room to say hi and he just started talking to me,” he said. “He got emotional and we spent hours together, just chatting. It’s hard to see someone hurting but I left thinking ‘wow, this is rewarding.’”

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