United Hospital Center has two organizations that actively seek volunteers interested in supporting the mission of UHC. For those interested in participating as a volunteer, opportunities exist with both the Auxiliary to United Hospital Center and with People's Hospice.
Congratulations to the Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year: Helen McCarty
Helen McCarty has been unanimously chosen as the 2016-17 Volunteer of the Year at United Hospital Center.
Helen has served as a volunteer at UHC for over 8 years. She has served over 4,250 hours to date. She is a competent, dedicated volunteer who currently serves in our Critical Care Unit and with our Cancer Center office and is on the Auxiliary Board of Directors as immediate past president. Other positions she held on the Board of Directors was Historian, President-Elect and President. At the former UHC Helen served in the Outpatient Surgery department. Helen is a great promoter of volunteerism and has spoken to the retired teachers association to encourage them to get involved and volunteer. She is truly committed to her time at the UHC Critical Care Unit and is willing to substitute when someone is unable to work.
Helen not only volunteers at UHC, but is involved in community organizations and with her church. She not only serves the community, but her family, including her many pets because they are all dear to her heart.
Information desk volunteers answer questions visitors and callers have about the location of patients and hospital services. They also sort patient mail. Good people, phone and computer skills are needed for this service.
Volunteers transport patients being admitted or discharged from the hospital. They also deliver patient mail and run errands.
Volunteers will be trained to sit and rock infants on an on-call basis. Volunteers must complete a basic CPR class and training on holding and comforting newborns. Minimum age 22.
Volunteers work in these retail environments as cashier, stocking, selling and ordering supplies. The proceeds from the Gift Shops are used to purchase needed equipment for the hospital. We have two shops. The Gift Shop carries all types of merchandise, flowers, books and gift items. The Artisans' Crossing features items hand crafted in West Virginia.
Volunteers in this area work with the elderly and those recovering from surgery. Have fun calling Bingo or helping with a seasonal party or visiting with patients. These volunteers also help the Activities Coordinator with various projects and paperwork.
Volunteers are located at the nurses station controlling the flow of visitors into the department, answering the phone, along with some clerical duties.
Volunteers travel throughout the waiting areas and patient rooms to cheer them with free gifts from the cart.
If you like people and are interested in helping the patients at UHC you would enjoy making rounds to assist patients with non-clinical needs such as helping with meal trays, meal orders, assisting with the comfort of patients by getting them warm blankets, pillows, water or ice and in many other ways. If you are interested, please click on the application link and send it to us!
For more information about United Hospital Center Volunteer Opportunities, call 681-342-1640 or fill out the electronic application to volunteer click below.
Students ages 14-18 (Middle School and High School) may apply by downloading the printable application click here. Please have your school counselor fill out the first page. Mail the completed application and you will be contacted for an interview.
Give a few hours each week to People's Hospice and see just how much you gain from helping others. You'll help patients, their families, visitors or the hospice staff. You might work closely with the patients and their families by providing companionship, love and understanding or you might help with the clerical work at the office, work on special projects, help with fund raising, the speakers' bureau or assist with the bereavement program. Call today and become one of our much-needed volunteers.
For more information about People's Hospice Volunteer Opportunities, call 681.342.3200, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.