Volunteers logs 25 years at hospital

December 19, 2008 8:46:58 AM PST
Over the years Peter Poulos has become an invaluable member of the staff at Hines Veterans Hospital in Maywood.He's been there for 25 years- as a volunteer.

Three days a week you can set your clock by Peter Poulos, a volunteer at the Extended Care Unit of Hines Veterans Hospital. He gets there at 8 a.m.

"I help the staff out when they need help. I go different places for them...but the patients they wait for you like a little kid waits for Christmas...they wait for me," said Poulos.

Poulos retired from the Chicago post office after 35 years. The city's Gold Coast was his route. At 92 he may walk 10 miles in the hospital as a volunteer.

"I'll tell you what, you live a clean life, drink some nice Greek wine, .and eat moderately, you know what I mean," said Poulos. "?and chase the women. "

Poulos served in the Army for four years and fought in the South Pacific during World War Two.

"He's not here because he has to be because he's getting a pay check...he's here because he wants to be and his dedication and his numbers of hours is something we all respect and really admire," said Dr Margaret Baumann, VA.

Poulos started volunteering at the hospital in 1983. Since then, he's accumulated 21,000 hours of volunteer service.

"The patients here are not always as healthy as they'd like to be...they see somebody like Pete who is in their age bracket ...so that's somebody to look up too," said Bob Gronko, voluntary service specialist.

"I feel good inside of me. When I go home I feel that I did something great for somebody. I helped somebody out that needed help that's how I feel. It makes my day...cause these are my heroes here," said Poulos.


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