Barton Auxiliary names volunteer of the month
In the emergency wing of Barton Memorial Hospital, a nonemergency was occurring. Perched atop the volunteers’ desk in the waiting room was the auxiliary’s recent volunteer of the month, Emmie Sue Parman.
She was posing for Tahoe Daily Tribune photographer Dan Thrift. In her volunteer work, she’s much more professional. This “young” lady enthusiastically shared her volunteer history at Barton Hospital.
Parman was born in North Carolina and arrived in Southern California when her father’s job brought the family from New York on a 17-day voyage through the Panama Canal. They landed in San Pedro, Calif. She was 5 years old and vividly recalls the luxury liner that brought them to the West Coast.
For a while, they lived at Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley while her father installed the famous pipe organ. She led tours of the castle and for several years after moving away corresponded with Scotty.
She married, and in 1987 she and husband Colome “Bud” Parman moved to South Lake Tahoe. Her greatest pleasure always has been her family, which includes three grown offspring, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Emmie Sue Parman, now in her 80s, proudly pushes those unwieldy wheelchairs from patients’ hospital rooms to a waiting vehicle at curbside. She volunteers one day a week at the auxiliary’s front desk, and every Saturday, you’ll find her in the emergency-room lobby. There, she works with incoming patients and helps calm their distraught families while the patient is examined, X-rayed and patched up by doctors and nurses.
She has seen all kinds of emergencies – from virulent flu cases to broken arms and legs, cut fingers, head wounds and much more. Often, she is soothing a scared patient back in the emergency room.
She has done this work for 10 years at Barton and never tires of it, with 7,000 volunteer hours to her name.