Hospital volunteer finds meaningful duties in retirement - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Hospital volunteer finds meaningful duties in retirement

Dr. Lucien Brailsford is one of the top three volunteers recognized by Lewis Gale Medical Center's parent company HCA.

Doctor Lucien Brailsford is making the most of his retirement as a hospital chaplain.

He explains, "he best part is to be in people's lives in the situations of struggle difficulty and sort of to be a mentor in that situation...

After 35 years of being a heart surgeon, Dr. Brailsford took off for about a year but decided he needed to do something to stay busy.  He comes to Lewis Gale Medical Center two mornings a week he gets a list of patients who need a visit.  He also goes to Carilion Clinic two mornings a week and volunteers one evening a week at the Roanoke Rescue Mission Clinic.

Dr. Brailsford says, "By being involved four mornings a week and one night a week means when I am not working I feel like I am on vacation.  If I was on vacation all the time, I wouldn't know anything else."

Dr. Brailsford is one of more than a dozen physicians who volunteer at the Roanoke Rescue Mission.

Helen Ferguson, Clinic Manager says, "Dr. Brailsford is one of our most awesome volunteers. He just shows up with a smile.  He is always on time and always ready to see patients.  Even when it is just giving a few words of comfort he is just right there ready to give it to the patients or the staff."

He explains, "I don't reach my fullest potential outside of my involvement with other people."

His words of prayer with a patient include, "We look for continued healing and recovery of body function and a return to life as we have known it.."

Healing that comes from the heart.

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