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A Firsthand Account

One of Thomas Stoner's volunteer positions at HCMC is transporting same-day surgery patients to their procedures. Thomas sees his role as much more than just keeping patients safe and comfortable en route. Many surgery patients are nervous about what lies ahead, and so Thomas feels it’s also important to be a calming influence. His own surgical experiences here serve this function well. "I can appreciate their nervousness and uncertainty," Thomas said. He is able to offer patients a firsthand account of what it’s like to be cared for at HCMC. He assures them that what lies ahead is not only safe and excellent clinical care, but a caring team that keeps the patient at the center—every step of the way.

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