Top 10 List on Why You Should be a Volunteer at our New Shawano Hospital

Posted 30 June 2015 11:14 AM by TCAuthor3

By Carol Ryczek, community relations manager, Shawano Medical Center

When the doors open at the new ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, one of the first faces hospital visitors will see will be volunteers at the new Greeter Desk.

Depending on the time of day, visitors are likely to see both a greeter (who can help them find their way to patient rooms and treatment areas) and a transport volunteer (who will take them there).

Volunteer greeters in a hospital do so much more than just give directions. They help put people at ease and let them know that someone is here to help them. It is amazing how much can be accomplished with just a pad of maps, a yellow highlighter, and a kind, concerned smile.

Why volunteer? Our current volunteers can tell you about the satisfaction they get from helping others, or from being part of a team. But we thought we’d make it simple with this handy top 10 list:

Top 10 Reasons To Be a ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano Volunteer

  1. Free background check and TB test
  2. Stylin’ smock
  3. You discover that it only took three weeks to finish the 10 years’ worth of projects you were going to do in retirement
  4. You can be an important part of a healthcare team and NEVER have to stick anyone with a needle
  5. 10,000 steps a day – no problem for transport volunteers
  6. Enjoy superhero powers when you discover that you can singlehandedly ease someone’s fears, calm their anxiety, and brighten their day just by being there.
  7. Free health screenings, vaccinations, use of the Rehabilitation Services gym
  8. Volunteer greeter desk is less than 200 feet from cafeteria (MMMMM, apple dip…)
  9. Two words: Other volunteers (they’re awesome too)
  10. At the end of the day, you know you made a difference

We are looking for more volunteers for both the greeter and transport volunteer positions. These positions will begin September 21, with training held before that date.

Becoming a hospital volunteer starts with an interview with volunteer coordinator Elaine Gast, who works with applicants to match their interests to available positions. There is a required background check, health screenings including a TB skin test, and two-hour orientation followed by department-specific training. The opportunity is offered to all individuals 16 years and older.

To learn more or to apply to be a TCMC-Shawano volunteer, contact Elaine Gast at (715) 526-7207 or