90-year-old brings cheer as hospital volunteer

Article Date: Nov 18, 2013

Mondays he brings communion to patients at Creighton University Medical Center.

Wednesdays he spends time with post-intensive care elderly and dementia patients at Bergan Mercy Medical Center, easing loneliness and anxiety. Thursdays he visits the terminally ill at Hospice House.

Now Joe Grier, 90, has won a national award for his volunteer work, thanks to Bergan nurses who suggested his nomination.

Cheryl Morehouse, manager of volunteer and guest services at Bergan, filed the paperwork to nominate Joe for the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award, sponsored by Cherokee Uniforms. Fellow volunteers, med­ical staff and family surprised Joe with the award presentation Oct. 23. He was chosen from among more than 750 submissions.

Morehouse said Grier spreads his special kind of magic every­where in the hospital.

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