Time and Training
Accepting a volunteer position is a serious commitment. Volunteers are asked to work one day a week or at least two days per month. Junior volunteers are asked to work 2 - 3 days each month, 3 - 4 hours each day. A teen must be willing to volunteer at least 50 hours . Mandatory orientation and training sessions are provided free for every volunteer.
Volunteers accumulate hours of service for their valuable time and they are awarded recognition each year. Washington Health System Washington Hospital extends several courtesies to volunteers:
- Free parking in the hospital garage
- Free beverage
- Flu immunization
- Annual recognition luncheon
- Education classes
- Valuable career and job experience
- Discounted pharmacy benefits
- Teen scholarship awards event
- Helping people who live and work in the community
Volunteers may be placed in more than 30 areas throughout the hospital and its satellite facilities.
Patient / Family / Visitor Areas
Volunteers may spend time in patient areas such as Emergency Department, outpatient surgery, or on patient floors. Many volunteer opportunities exist at the Visitors Information Desk, Critical Care and Operating Room waiting areas, Women’s Health Center, and Admissions Offices, where volunteers assist visitors and families.
Assistance is always needed for various clerical assignments, such as delivering patient mail, filing, assisting with bulk mailings, and in the Medical Records, Medical Library, and Case Management departments. Volunteers may also participate in various fundraising activities through Washington Health System Washington Hospital Auxiliary or volunteer in the Gift Shop or assist with the Snack Cart and make rounds throughout the hospital.
These represent only a few of the many volunteer opportunities available.