On a mis­sion

For­mer candy striper strives to change lives


Su­sann Whit­tle is no or­di­nary nurse. Dar­rell Everidge doc­u­ments a day in her life.

Meet Su­sann Whit­tle, a clin­i­cal care co­or­di­na­tor at Newton Med­i­cal Center. Her in­ter­ests in the med­i­cal field and help­ing oth­ers started when she vol­un­teered as a candy striper at the hos­pi­tal at the age of 15.

“I re­al­ized that sum­mer as a vol­un­teer that this was some­thing that I re­ally wanted to con­tinue,” Whit­tle told me.

As I watched her in ac­tion with pa­tients at the birth-care center, I could see that this is what she was des­tined to do.

Valerie Cook, who gave birth to her fourth child early Wed­nes­day, told me she waited for Whit­tle to ar­rive at the hos­pi­tal to have Gra­lynn. “She’s been in­volved with three of my chil­dren’s births, and I wasn’t go­ing to have my fourth with­out her here,” Cook said.

Whit­tle told me she loves her job and the peo­ple she gets to meet and would like to see more young peo­ple get in­volved in vol­un­teer­ing.

Dar­rell Everidge/The Cov­ing­ton News

Su­sann Whit­tle, R.N., has been with the Newton Med­i­cal Center since she was a 15-year-old vol­un­teer. She re­cently as­sisted dur­ing the birth of Valerie Cook’s daugh­ter. Above, Su­san walks the halls of Newton Med­i­cal Center wtih Pa­tri­cia Waller.

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