Dennis Berman is a man of many talents and wears more than one “volunteer hat” in his service to Pardee Hospital. “Volunteering with Team Health, I see how a hospital does its best to keep the hospital employees healthy,” he explains. He believes that good health for our community hospital begins with the Team Health program. Dennis also volunteers for Pardee Home Health and has learned what it takes for hospital caregivers to treat citizens in their homes.

Dennis spent a week over the Christmas season volunteering in Accounts Receivable and he got a first hand look at the huge task it is to pay the hospital’s bills.

Most recently, Dennis has been helping at the Pardee Foundation. “The people at the Foundation work hard to keep in touch with the people, businesses, institutions and other non-profit organizations to maintain Pardee Hospital’s fine standing in the community. Their work in fundraising and obtaining donations contributes to the compassionate care for patients, and innovative additions to the hospital, like the state-of-the art Cancer Center.”

A high school band and orchestra member, Dennis attended public schools in St. Louis, MO and loved all sports—his favorite being baseball. After high school, he attended Harris Teachers College and earned a B.A. degree in Elementary Education followed by an M.S. degree from Southern Illinois University. He is an accredited Reading Specialist and taught in the St. Louis and Hazelwood public schools for 14 years. He then taught Computer Literacy to eighth-graders in South Plainfield, NJ for 17 years.

I have always been drawn to the helping professions with an interest in how institutions like Pardee Hospital functions. I especially enjoy volunteering with people who are friendly and appreciative of my efforts.”