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Rosenblatt reflects on 51 years of service

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
By John McHenry
Edith Rosenblatt

Whether assisting with a radiothon for Duke Children’s Hospital, onboarding a new volunteer or helping launch a Ronald McDonald house, Edith Rosenblatt has stayed busy during her 51 years of service at Duke.

“So much of my life is here,” said Rosenblatt, who officially retired from her role as Duke Children’s Hospital’s volunteer coordinator in April but continues to work part-time. “I’m not ready to leave my work, but it’s nice to have a little more time off.”

Rosenblatt still remembers her first interview at Duke in 1966, which was for an internship as a medical secretary.

“At the interview, they took me on a tour of the campus,” she said. “When they took us down Chapel Drive and I saw the Duke Chapel, I was sold. It’s such an impressive sight.”

Rosenblatt worked as a clerical assistant, secretary and then as a pediatric unit coordinator for years before becoming the volunteer coordinator.

“My dream for many years was to work in a pediatrician’s office, so I was delighted when I accepted the pediatric unit coordinator position here in 1978,” she said. “And then, the volunteer coordinator position opened sometime in the 1990s, which allowed me to work more directly with the community and students.”

In the volunteer coordinator position, Rosenblatt helped onboard Duke volunteers and coordinate events, such as radiothons and other fundraisers. In addition, she is also known for helping establish the Ronald McDonald House of Durham.

“Sometimes I look up at Duke North and think, ‘Was it really almost 40 years ago that this was built?’” said Rosenblatt. “I’m proud of my accomplishments, but the most memorable time I’ve spent here has been the time I’ve spent building relationships with patients, their loved ones and my colleagues. Those relationships truly are priceless. It’s been an honor to get to know all of the people I’ve met here. And, I’m not done yet – I’ll be here three times a week. Stop by and see me.”

This article was originally published on Connections.

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