For Sandi Phoenix, not even retirement could slow down her passion for nursing. During her more than 20-year career as a public health nurse, Phoenix shared her love of wellness promotion and illness prevention with countless patients and students.
Now, Phoenix enjoys retirement while continuing to serve others as an active volunteer with Grossmont Hospital Auxiliary.
"The volunteer work I do allows me to keep my hand in nursing while having time to spend with my family and friends, and travel with my husband," she says.
Phoenix is a familiar face at Sharp Grossmont Hospital's Senior Resource Center. There - and at more than 20 community sites throughout East County - she provides blood pressure screenings, flu shots and, more importantly, a smile and conversation. And she has even helped to make a love connection.
"Two of our 'regulars' met during a blood pressure screening," Phoenix says. "They looked forward to seeing each other monthly, and word got back to us that they started to see each other socially."
While matchmaking is not one of the center's stated goals, creating relationships is very important to its staff, volunteers and community members. The ongoing support and health monitoring can provide valuable information to seniors' doctors, and the personal contact can make a difference to individuals who may not have the opportunity to regularly socialize with others.
"I truly enjoy what I do with the Senior Resource Center," Phoenix says. "I love that I am helping others - sometimes with a smile, sometimes with a health screening, and oftentimes, both."