This summer, students interested in pursuing a career in a medical field can apply to participate in Saint Mary’s Regional Health System’s Junior Volunteer program. High school and college students between the ages of 16 and 19 are invited to submit an application which can be obtained from Saint Mary’s Switchboard or by visiting the Saint Mary’s website at As many as 20 students will be selected to participate. The program begins with orientation on Mon. June 11, 2012 and will run through Aug. 3, 2012.

Participating teens complete a six hour orientation that includes HIPAA patient privacy laws, infection control, professional conduct and customer service. Each Junior Volunteer is trained and certified to transport patients by wheelchair.

Typically, each teen contributes four to five hours each week performing such duties as escorting patients and guests, wheelchair escort of discharged patients, materials and lab transport, and department-specific duties. At the end of the summer, each Junior Volunteer will be awarded a certificate for the number of hours he or she has contributed.

For more information on the volunteer program at Saint Mary’s Regional Health System, call Sherrie Teeter, Volunteer Service Coordinator at 479-968-2841, ext 0.

Ms. Teeter can also be reached by email at  Applications must be received by Fri. May 25.

Click here to download the Junior Volunteer application.