After 12 surgeries at York Hospital, man finds way to give back as volunteer

Arthur Levine of Stewartstown has been a frequent patient at York Hospital over the past 30 years. In 2016, he started using his newfound time in retirement to volunteer as a greeter and wayfinder at the hospital.

Written by: Anthony Machcinski
Arthur Levine (Photo by Ken Bruggeman/Our York Media)

Arthur Levine finds himself turning down tips as a greeter and wayfinder at WellSpan York Hospital.

“I wouldn’t do this for the money,” the 74-year-old Stewartstown man says. “I just appreciate the people thanking me for helping them out.”

After retiring in 2016, Arthur started volunteering at the hospital as a way to give back to the place he’s frequented a few too many times over the past 30 years.

In fact, he’s had 12 surgeries there, ranging from a kidney stone removal to a neck fusion. After suffering a heart attack this past November, he found himself back at his old stomping grounds to get a stent put in an artery.

Each time he’s left the hospital, though, he went away appreciating how much hospital employees took care of him.

I’m retired, but I like to be an active person and be helpful to others. It keeps me young.

Arthur Levine

He does his best now to return that favor. When patients come through the sliding doors of the hospital’s atrium, Arthur sometimes sees panic or fear on their faces.

He’ll offer them a wheelchair or try small talk to help put them at ease.

“It’s just a bit of banter,” Arthur says, “but those small things can take their mind off of what they’re coming to the hospital for.”

The Vietnam veteran knows he could use his retirement to stay home, watch television, or pursue his growing book and license plate collections, but there’s a pride that comes with volunteering.

“I don’t want to just sit around,” he says. “I’m retired, but I like to be an active person and be helpful to others. It keeps me young.”

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