As Saint Mary’s Regional Health System continues to add physicians and specialties, acquire new technologies, and expand service line offerings, the need for enthusiastic and energetic volunteers continues to grow.

Volunteers have a variety of duties throughout the hospital. They often deliver flowers to patients, answer phones, escort families and visitors to patient rooms, as well as carry paper work and labs to and from various departments. “Saint Mary’s Volunteers are some of the most wonderful people you’d ever want to meet. We are extremely fortunate to have so many kind and helpful volunteers to help us provide the best possible service to our patients and guests, said Volunteer Coordinator Diana Herrera.

“Volunteers often help out in various departments, and even help with community events like the Alzheimer’s Walk, the Business EXPO, seminars and screenings,” stated Brenda Harrison, Director of Community Relations and Marketing for the hospital. Many volunteers share their gifts and talents with those in need. “Several volunteers knit and crochet baby caps and blankets to help welcome newborns into the world. Others make lap quilts and hats for cancer patients,” explained Harrison.

“One area that continues to be a challenge is having enough volunteers that are capable of assisting patients and guests who require a wheelchair to move about the hospital,” added Herrera. “Also, patients are discharged by wheelchair during the day and even into the evening hours. Having an abundance of wheelchair certified volunteers available every day and every shift would be such a great blessing. Plus, any volunteer able stay a little later each day to help with discharges would be an additional benefit to patients and their families.”

Charles Davis is one of those rare volunteers who stays late to help with evening discharges. “It’s so rewarding,” Davis said. “I get to see lots of people I know. I get to meet new moms and dads taking their baby home for the first time. And I get to see families who are so excited to see their family members feeling better and able to return home. I get far more out of volunteering at Saint Mary’s than I could ever give.”

On Monday, September 14 at 12:00 noon, Saint Mary’s Volunteers will host the 5th Annual Volunteer Round-Up, BBQ and pot luck luncheon in Cafes 2 & 3 just past the main cafeteria. If you are interested in helping out a day or two each week or just want to learn more about the volunteer program, you are encouraged to attend. You’ll get to meet this outstanding volunteer team, explore volunteer opportunities and see how you can become a vital part of this dynamic group. Please contact the Volunteer Services Department at 968-2841 ext. 0 to make reservations and request an application.

About Saint Mary’s Regional Health System

Saint Mary’s Regional Health System is a 170-bed acute care hospital. With a medical staff of more than 111 active physicians in 18 specialties, Saint Mary’s offers a wide range of quality healthcare services to residents of west central Arkansas, including cardiac catheterization, surgery, diagnostic radiology, cancer treatment, rehabilitation therapy, women and children’s services, and 24-hour emergency services. Saint Mary’s employs over 900 healthcare professionals who are dedicated to providing quality care with courtesy and compassion. For more information, visit Saint Mary’s is a part of Capella Healthcare, which partners with communities to build strong local healthcare systems that are known for high quality patient care and excellent service.