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Volunteer Opportunities at Providence


Peggy, one of our Hospitality Book Cart volunteers enjoys providing reading materials to patients and their families at no cost.
Applications accepted: January 15 – May 15 and August 15 – October 15.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Volunteers are asked to make a minimum commitment of 100 hours over a 6-month period. Some departments require a 12-month commitment and a pre interview. Assignments are once or twice weekly the same day and time for 2-4 hours.
Orientation to the unit and additional training is provided for patient care areas. Positions in patient care areas are limited. 
Adult Critical Care Unit ACCU – 1) reception desk - greet patient’s family and friends as they enter the waiting area, volunteers utilize the phone and computer frequently as they communicate with staff;  provide resources to families of patient, tidy the waiting area. 2) Stock supplies, organize in the patient care area (must be pursuing a career in the medical field.)
Ambulatory Services – assist Day Surgery staff & patients during day-surgery process, provide  information / directions to cafeteria, coffee carts, restrooms, etc., assist in keeping patient belongings with patient, transport patient to his/her ride.
Center for Child Development CCD - (employee daycare) volunteers help staff with age-appropriate activities-craft activities, etc. Position requires purchase of the Alaska State Troopers Interested Person Report -$20 (non reimbursable).
Emergency Department – Greet patients as they enter the ED; round in the waiting area make sure patients/families have what they need; wipe down chairs as patients leave. Assist with preparing gurneys for new patients, stock rooms and supply areas in the ER.
Greeters and Main Lobby support and  Information Desk at the Providence Health Park - you are the face of Providence as you greet and direct guests entering the medical center or health park; you may escort patients to appointments / departments within the hospital, collect wheelchairs and return them to the appropriate location. Providing way finding is a necessary component to this position. Cafeteria Greeter – greet Providence guests as they enter the cafeteria, assist  families or individuals as needed to obtain food, beverage and navigate to a table.
Hickel House - tidy up kitchen and living area, come in and bake brownies/sweet treats for residents, clean and organize toys.
Hospitality Book Cart visit patient areas with the book cart offering free reading materials to patients and guests.
Imagination Library visits the Maternity Center, sign up families for this wonderful, free reading program.
Physical/Occupational Therapies both Inpatient and Outpatient – Motivated volunteers pursuing a career in this field will assist with transporting equipment to patient rooms, cleaning mats, and setting up and breaking down therapy areas.
4N/5N-Medical/Surgical/Oncology, 2W-Progressive Care, and 3W-Orthopedic - Volunteers visit with patients, straighten patient rooms, fill water pitchers, deliver mail, assist stocking non-medical supplies, make sure coffee and tea are available for visitors. (Patients in 3W Ortho are often more immobile)
Pediatrics - Volunteer must be 18+ and able to make a minimum 12-month commitment. Volunteers facilitate activities such as painting, group games, cleaning toys and organizing.
Orientation to the unit and additional training will be provided for patient care areas. Positions in patient care areas are limited.
The following programs require you to be a Providence volunteer plus additional training; volunteers must be at least 18 years old. 
NODA No One Dies Alone – provide companionship at life’s end. For information contact Tina at 212.8427.
Providence Cancer Center Must be 18+ Opportunities include: Patient Navigator – follow patients through treatment process, assist with paperwork; welcome & direct patients to various treatment rooms/offices; Resource Center – assist patients & family members in obtaining information regarding illnesses and treatment options; Research – data entry and special projects; Susan Butcher Family Center – Social Work students priority; Infusion Center – answer phones, greet patients, stock supply areas, serve juice/coffee to patients. Contact Linda at 212-8415.
PAWS – Pet Assisted Wellness, must be a Pet Partner with current registration.  Handler must be 18+ years old, able to visit a minimum of twice a month with at least a one year commitment. Visit with therapy dog at scheduled locations. Contact Laure MacConnell 212-2681.
Clerical Opportunities are occasionally available at our off-site programs; includes Family Medicine Center and Alaska CARES.
Providence Extended Care –Contact Kelly Brewer 212-0211.
Providence Hospiceplease contact Vanessa Salinas to learn more about this valuable program 212-4423.
Providence Horizon House – for more information contact Karen Purtzer Strash 261-4140.
General Medical Staff Job Shadows contact Laarni at 212-2976.
Physician Job Shadows contact Sara at 212-3185.
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