Clarice Horne with her Sweetie, her beloved chocolate minature poodle.
The VOICE of UPMC Shadyside Fall/Winter 2012

She “gives love to everyone”

How dedicated volunteer Clarice Horne goes above and beyond with planned giving to the Shadyside Hospital Foundation

Clarice Horne rolls her eyes as she remembers the day, 45 years ago, when she attended her first meeting as a member of the Shadyside Hospital Auxiliary. “They put me at a sewing machine — in those days the Auxiliary sewed slings, tray covers, and booties for the hospital. Most members sewed beautifully,” she recalls. “But I couldn’t sew! My seams just meandered. They were terrible, crooked.”

“One time a mother named her baby for me,” she recalls. “I was so thrilled I burst into tears.”
- Clarice on volunteering in the maternity ward

Mrs. Horne joined the Auxiliary when her husband, Lloyd Horne, MD, became a member of the Shadyside Hospital Medical Staff in 1967. He had been a research assistant and “like a son” to the well-known endocrinologist Thaddeus Danowski, MD. Although she worked full-time managing her husband’s office, she took baby pictures at the hospital six, sometimes seven days a week, for 29 years. “Babies are born every day,” she reminds you. “They don’t give you a day off.

“And I believe that when you work for an organization, you work. Just being a dues-paying member is not for me.”

In addition to taking the baby pictures, Mrs. Horne began visiting patients, a job she continues today, nearly a half-century later. “The thing about me is that I’m not afraid to talk to strangers,” she says. “People often ask me how I walk into a room and just start a conversation. I usually start with ‘Good morning.’ ”

In her easy, low-key way, she’ll talk about “whatever they want to talk about — their families, friends, travel, the Steelers — anything except religion and politics!”

“The Pillow Lady”

Mrs. Horne also offers each oncology patient a little pillow that helps support the neck or back. A group of women volunteers, called Project of Love, sew and donate the pillows to local organizations and individuals.

“You give love to everyone,”  a patient told her.

Despite a knee replacement, Mrs. Horne is at UPMC Shadyside every Tuesday at 5 a.m. to staff the main information desk in Posner Tower. She finishes that job at 7, then helps out in the Day of Admission waiting room. At 8:30 she goes up to the patient floors to visit.

Clarice has established a planned gift to create the Lloyd Horne, MD Fund for Diabetes Research in memory of her husband. See the ways you can give to the Shadyside Hospital Foundation.

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