Helen Aneskewich: A patient’s friend

Published 9:37 am Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Helen Aneskewich began volunteering as a patient advisor after receiving excellent care as a patient at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center.

In this role, she shares her story with employees during patient- and family-centered care training and relays why including family members and caring for a patient in a holistic manner is important for healing and patient outcomes.

Aneskewich also serves as a member of the patient experience team. By bringing patient concerns and suggestions to the team, and by weighing in on important discussions that affect DMC staff, patients, and families, Aneskewich assists in making changes that positively impact the experience of everyone at Davie Medical Center.

She is involved in discussions regarding the new DMC bed towers so that the perspective of the patient and the family member can be at the forefront of the designs.

In her spare time, she is a quilter. She was named volunteer of the month at the medical center.

“Davie Medical Center could not create such an atmosphere for patient- and family-centered care without volunteers such as Helen,” said Pamela H. Runnels, Wake Forest Baptist Health guest and volunteer services manager. “We truly appreciate her service and the difference she helps us to make in the lives of all of our patients and their families.”

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities at DMC.

“We would love to have you join our volunteer family to help make a difference in a lot of people’s lives just like Helen is doing,” said Runnels.

A volunteer orientation was scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 at Davie Medical Center on the 4th floor of Plaza 1.  Contact Landon Lynch at 998.1310.