BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Almost any weekday, you can slip into the pre-anesthesia office of Baton Rouge General's Bluebonnet campus and find Shelley Tramonte. She'll be swimming in documents and loving every minute of it.
Tramonte is a retiree who worked for Louisiana DEQ in the asbestos and lead section for 18 years.
"I just wanted to find something to get me out of the house," she told WAFB's Donna Britt recently while volunteering at BRG. In fact, Tramonte has her own small office. The walls are decorated with posters and her name because of a surprise appreciation party the hospital staff sprang on her last week. Since she started back in December, Tramonte has logged more than 150 volunteer hours. She now volunteers three to five days every week from 8 a.m. to noon, sometimes later.
"Yesterday I stayed til 2, so just as long as it takes me to do it. I like to get my work done," she says with a smile. Tramonte takes pride and keeping the surgery department up to two days ahead and prepared for upcoming surgeries. Her volunteer work includes labeling allergies on patient charts. She places all the documents in a three-ring binder for doctors. When she spots blanks in the questionnaire, she places a call to the patient's home to answer questions for the upcoming surgery.
"Sometimes, patients are feeling down and I try to be cheerful, and maybe I can cheer up someone," Shelley says. She claims she enjoys her volunteer work and that the people are "very,very nice." She feels good about helping people.
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