Beth Bement-Stump (left) and Becky Oliver are story catchers for Volunteer Services at Rapid City Hospital.
It’s easy to assume that a patient might not want to talk or can’t remember enough to tell their story; but according to Beth Bement-Stump, a volunteer “story catcher” at Rapid City Hospital, everyone has something to say. “Once I asked a 92-year-old woman about her favorite childhood memory, and without hesitating she said ‘Making mud pies and making my brother eat them!’”
Beth and Becky Oliver, who works full time with the Regional Health Foundation as a data specialist and volunteers on her day off, interview patients and write their life stories. The stories are shared with the patient’s care team to help caregivers get to know the patient better. If Becky and Beth have learned one thing during their experience writing stories, it’s that everyone has one.