In the five years since the death of his wife, local retiree Keith Mann has served as a volunteer at Logan Regional Hospital.
However, hospital records indicate Keith may not be a typical volunteer.
He recently reached some important milestones: his service at the hospital is approaching 1,200 hours and in July he welcomed his 100th grandchild (a number that includes grandchildren and great grandchildren.)
“I was my wife’s caretaker for 18 years,” he said. “After Beth died in November, 2015, to get exercise I walked regularly in the hospital. Being there so often, I was approached about being a volunteer and now I am there two to four days a week. In the winter when other volunteers go south, I take over some of their volunteer shifts and that gets me up to four days a week.”
He said he works a three-hour shift and tries to help as many people as he can in that time.
“There is another activity that keeps us busy. They have clips they use in the hospital that come in bags of a thousand. The clips are used in the process to sterilizing equipment there. At the volunteer desk we prepare 52,000 of those clips a year.”
Keith has an interesting work history, including time at NASA and he is very involved in the community.
“There are good people to work with at the hospital, and there are a lot of benefits to it, including coupons for a meal the day you work.”
Keith said he will continue helping at the hospital as long as he is able.