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Thirty-two years ago, Dr. Robert S. Pearson suggested his wife, Jane, accompany him to work at Princeton Baptist Medical Center.
The long-time ophthalmologist didn’t want his wife to help as a nurse, aide or secretary. Instead, Dr. Pearson wanted Jane to volunteer for the hospital.
Jane Pearson readily accepted her husband’s suggestion and still spends one day a week serving the patients, staff and visitors and Princeton Baptist.
“I love it here so much,” she said. “This is my hospital.”
Jane, who serves under the Volunteer Services leadership of Glenn Ireland and Taina McCormick, volunteers doing office tasks on Thursdays each week and couldn’t be happier to help alongside leadership.
“Glenn and Tina are so good to us,” she said. “I have so much fun with them and all the volunteers.”
In addition to her weekly volunteer day at the hospital, Jane also serves as the incoming corresponding secretary for the hospital auxiliary board. Previously, she held positions on numerous auxiliary committees and the board, including a four-time stint
as the group’s president. She was also elected Alabama Hospital Association Volunteer of the Year in 2015.
Jane and her husband moved to the area in 1963. A lot has changed at Princeton since Jane started volunteering in the late 1980s.
She said she has been discouraged to continue volunteering at Princeton.
Jane, 83 years young, laughs at the notion, noting nothing is going to stop her from serving “her hospital.”
“I’ve been coming here for 32 years,” she said. “It’s so pleasant. And it gives me a good feeling to come here.”