A Volunteer with Much to Share

Finding a place to serve is meaningful and has its rewards

Francisco, a resident of Grand Rapids for 21 years, was working as a Medical Assistant and Spanish interpreter at Spectrum Health when he met an Exalta Health volunteer physician. That physician referred him to Exalta Health; that was in 2009.

Francisco’s personal mission is to be an example in the Hispanic Community that volunteering is a good thing to do. It is a way of giving back, a way to integrate into the larger community. Francisco also wants people in his culture to see that male nurses are a good thing!

Soon after starting to volunteer, Francisco began losing his hearing. His hearing loss led to losing his job. After successful cochlear implant surgery, Francisco returned to the clinic where his professionalism, detail-orientation, and giving spirt are much appreciated. And Francisco appreciates being able to continue using his nursing skills.