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“I just love it here at Mercy!”
Rindy is effervescent in her feelings regarding Mercy and her husband, Wayne, is pretty happy with it, too. Both can be found on Thursday mornings volunteering their time at the hospital: Rindy as a hostess in the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center making sure comforts such as refreshments are available to patients, while Wayne handles wheelchair repair and dispatch.
Wayne noted that working with the wheelchairs over the year has its perks.
“I know where everything is in this hospital, so I take people wherever they need to go if they’re lost,” he said.
When Wayne and Rindy met in 1970, he was working in Cedar Rapids at Collins Radio and she worked as a nurse’s aide in Fort Dodge. Wayne didn’t waste any time and proposed less than three weeks later! Rindy moved to Cedar Rapids and began working at a local hospital.
Rindy sought care at Mercy and was struck by how nice everyone was. Not long after, she transferred to Mercy. Both Seagren children were born here, and Rindy remained on staff for many years until she left to care for Sisters at Sacred Heart Convent. A bad back forced her to retire in 1994, while Wayne left Rockwell Collins in 2008 after almost 42 years.
Another passion for Wayne is the wooden crosses that he creates for patients. They’re available through Pastoral Care as well as for those in the cancer center when they finish treatment and ring that glorious bell.
Wayne fashions 73 small, smooth, curved wooden crosses out of solid oak. He uses five different sanding processes before staining and varnishing the items, which fit so nicely in the crook of bent fingers.
Wayne knows the value of his crosses. He keeps some stories close to his heart. There was the older gentleman who passed away after receiving a cross and his family ensured it was tucked in his suitcoat pocket in burial. Another was a young woman whose shaken faith was renewed upon receiving the cross.
Rindy put it best, “I loved my job at Mercy. I love volunteering at Mercy. We both love what we do here and could not volunteer at a better place. Everyone is extra-special – all the staff and the patients. They make it so worth it.”
Thank YOU, Rindy and Wayne, for the special care you provide to our Mercy community!