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Freshly baked cookies greet patients at Sharp Coronado Hospital

Vaseline 2 months ago

Dorene Friedman, the Hospital Auxiliary’s Cookie Queen, bakes fifteen dozen cookies every Monday morning for patients, visitors and staff at Coronado Hospital.

If you’ve visited Sharp Coronado Hospital on a weekday morning, you’ve probably been greeted by the delicious smell of freshly baked cookies. That’s because volunteers from the hospital’s emergency services are hard at work, transforming the lobby into a virtual bakery.

Dorene Friedman, affectionately known as the hospital’s Cookie Queen, has been baking cookies since the program’s inception in 2016. As a front desk volunteer, she and then-Chief Operating Officer Christopher Walker had envisioned the power of greeting patients, staff and visitors with the smell of home.

On Mondays, Dorene cooks fifteen dozen cookies. Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough makes the task easy (and comes in chocolate chip, chocolate/chocolate chip, oatmeal, and snickerdoodle flavors). She puts the nuggets in the special oven in the lobby. After cooking and cooling, she places the cookies into individual paper bags that greet people as they check in. She also wanders the corridors on the first floor and tempts patients from radiology, the laboratory and the outpatient clinics to indulge in these sugar bombs. They are especially appreciated by the laboratory patients in the morning when they have fasted before blood was drawn. They can pick up a bag when they leave and immediately receive a calorie infusion.

The Auxiliary is currently recruiting more volunteers for this fulfilling role. If you have two to three morning hours to donate once a week, consider choosing this fun way to put a smile on 15 dozen faces!

To become a member of the Auxiliary, please register at
To ask? Email Volunteer Services at (email protected).