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Volunteer Jean Bailey Brings Comfort to Patients

Published: Feb. 4, 2019

Her hands are warm.

This comes as a surprise. The day is so bitterly cold. The hospital, despite its soft earth-tone decor, is big and empty. Plus Jean Bailey, white-haired, stooped with age, is nearly a full century old. It does not seem possible that the hands of this 98-year-old woman should be warm.

Yet they are. They are warm when they reach for a stranger’s arm, when they encircle her in a hug, when they do something as simple and important as take another’s hand and just hold it.

This longtime Methodist Health System volunteer exudes warmth in her blue eyes, her smile, in the comfortable way she calls everyone at the hospital imaging station “kid.”

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