National Health Care Volunteer Week is a Time to Say “Thank You”
April 12, 2019
This week, hospitals and health systems across Pennsylvania and the nation are observing National Health Care Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of dedicated individuals who donate their time to support patients.
Health Care Volunteer Week is an extension of National Volunteer Week, which was established during 1947. The week recognizes volunteers who support hospitals’ mission of providing high-quality care to every patient—regardless of geography, health status, or ability to pay.
Each hospital and health system has its own dedicated force of volunteers to support hospital staff, patients, gift shops and cafeterias, and so much more. There are countless opportunities, ranging from student visits to brighten the days of patients, to families assisting with wellness screenings or special health care programming, to senior citizens giving back to the facility where they have received excellent care for decades.
Pennsylvania hospitals have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Students in high school or college can explore the potential for careers in health care and enhance the patient experience by volunteering. These types of programs, designed to give young people health care work experience, are an excellent way of serving others while building resumes and forging relationships with health care professionals working in the field.
Just as hospitals are working beyond their four walls to care for patients, the impact of health care volunteers is felt throughout the community. Volunteers who work with health centers, hospice and palliative care facilities, clinics, food banks, after-school programs, and organizations addressing housing insecurity and support for low-income families are providing crucial support for patients as hospitals and health care organizations address nonmedical contributors to health outcomes.
HAP thanks the volunteers who go above and beyond to support the commonwealth’s hospitals in their work to care for the communities they serve. To learn more about the opportunities available to you and your family, contact your local hospital.