2012 WDH Volunteer donates $45,000 for pediatric patient rooms
It’s her love of pediatrics and her three sons that motivated volunteer Beryle Banks to donate $45,000 to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Women & Children’s unit in the new Garrison Wing. Three pediatric patient rooms will be named after Randy, Scott and Rob Banks.
A volunteer for almost 20 years at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Beryle enjoys her brief visits to patients and staff as she rolls the Candy Cart through hallways and into departments offering casual conversation, chocolate and other confections. She also serves as a patient representative and volunteers in Community Relations.
Beryle grew up in Norwich, CT and chose pediatric nursing as a career. She trained at Bellevue School of Nursing in NY and worked as a pediatric nurse at Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, OH after graduation. “I love kids and I still think about the kids I cared for and wonder how they did,” she said. “It was very interesting to be in a teaching hospital; you get to see some really unusual cases. I’m still fascinated by many of the advancements in pediatric medicine.”
Randy, Beryle’s first son, was born in Cleveland, OH. Her family moved to Lee, NH in 1970 followed by the birth of two more boys, Scott and Rob. “My youngest sons were born at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and all my boys were treated at the Hospital over the years.”
Today, Randy, 42, lives in Steamboat Springs, CO where he holds a variety of part-time jobs, including fishing in Alaska, so he can snowboard in the winter. Scott, 40, Head Mechanic at Absolute Bikes, lives with his wife and three dogs in Salida, CO and Robert, 37, Sector Manager at Northeast Fishery Sector 3 and kite enthusiast, shares a home with his wife and two dogs in Beverly, MA.
Beryle joined the Auxiliary Board in 1996 and now manages the Gift Cart for the Auxiliary. She is a Past President of the WDH Auxiliary and is currently on the NH State Auxiliary Board. A busy crafter in her spare time, Beryle enjoys quilting, knitting and traveling to new places.
The Women & Children’s unit will open in the new Garrison Wing in January 2013.