Volunteering to HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is very personal for one volunteer. For Bill Pettry, his tie is lifelong. In fact, he is a child of a former attending physician, Dr. Harvey H. Pettry, II, at Shelby Memorial Hospital, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital’s former name.
Dr. Pettry served the hospital from 1941-1975 as a general practitioner and general surgeon. Much of his experience before his tenure at Shelby Memorial Hospital came from his days as a doctor in World War II.
Bill Pettry was one of Dr. Pettry’s five children and was born on his father’s birthday, February 4, 1951 at what is now HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital.
Bill recalls as a child answering the phone and taking messages from the hospital for his father. His father’s physician’s office was in their home’s basement.
Bill is now retired and serves one day a month as a volunteer assistant to the surgery department in the surgery waiting room.
“My decision to volunteer at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is due in part to having a personal connection here. This hospital is home. I was born here; and my father was on their medical staff for 35 years,” said Bill. “In addition to those reasons, I also admired my father-in-law, Theron Tallman. Theron volunteered at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur for more than 20 years. I decided I wanted to follow Theron’s example when I could.”
Bill continued, “I find great personal satisfaction in being a part of the efforts in assisting patients and staff towards a higher standard of health care in Shelbyville and Shelby County,” said Bill, “We are blessed to have a quality hospital and its services in our community.”
“Volunteering is a very personal thing. People do it for many different reasons. One thing about volunteering which is universally true is that it is profoundly fulfilling to help others,” said CEO and President of HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Aaron Puchbauer. We are thankful for our volunteers and value them as part of our team. They lighten the stress of our staff and share their hearts with our community. You could say that our volunteers are priceless to us.”
If you would like to become a volunteer at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital and give back to our community, please call (217) 774-3961, ext. 2690 for more details on how you can help.
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visitwww.hospitalsisters.org.