RUSSELLVILLE COURIER
AUGUST 10, 2017

Three high school students and five college students were selected for this year's Summer Student Volunteer Program. The program began on June 5 and will run through Aug. 18.All program participants aspire to have careers in the medical field as physicians or registered nurses.

Student volunteers will average approximately 10 hours each week in various areas throughout the hospital. Typical duties include escorting discharged patients to their cars, transporting specimens to the lab, delivering flowers and cards to patients, escorting patients and guests to their proper destinations and participating in Saint Mary's sponsored community events.

"Our objective is to provide an enriching experience for these student volunteers to fuel their desire to pursue careers in the medical field," Toni Freeman, Saint Mary's volunteer coordinator, said. "As part of our program this year, each student will be shadowing and observing medical professionals in a discipline each student wishes to learn more about."

"An important program objective is to reinforce skills needed in the healthcare workplace. Our program reinforces key themes such as compassion, professionalism, confidentiality, dependability, engagement, and teamwork," Brenda Harrison, Saint Mary's director of community relations, noted. "Understanding and applying these core qualities into their everyday duties will build a strong foundation for them to build upon in the future. We believe our student volunteers are learning vital skills while experiencing firsthand the joy of providing service to others."

This year's Summer Student Volunteers will contribute nearly 1,000 hours of worthwhile service, making a difference in the lives of patients and guests at Saint Mary's. For more information on the Summer Student Volunteer Program or volunteering with Saint Mary's, visit www.saintmarysregional.com or call volunteer coordinator Toni Freeman at 479-968-2841, extension 0.

Summer student volunteers are Mallory Heft, Charleston; Adrianna Cuevas, Clarksville; Baily Lou Phillips, Clarksville; John Sisco, Fort Smith; Kalie Watkins, Hector; Dennis Molina, Russellville; Karan Patel, Russellville; and Blandy Pedrez, Russellville.

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