Stillwater Medical Volunteer Program
Our volunteers play an important and meaningful role in both patient and non-patient care areas. There are a variety of opportunities suitable for every type of schedule, personality, preference or skill set. Whether you prefer to have a lot of patient contact, to provide emotional support for families, to help with technical or administrative duties, or simply to give of your time by supporting fundraising efforts, we can match you with a position that will make a difference. The key qualities we require of our volunteers are a helpful, caring attitude and a respect for confidentiality.
Why volunteer? It’s proven that people who volunteer enjoy a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction. And while you’re at it, you’re going to make new friends, support a good cause and possibly discover career opportunities!
Where can I volunteer? Volunteers provide services throughout the hospital, in nearly every service area, including:
AAccess Desk • Baby Caps • Cimarron Medical • Emergency Department • Endoscopy • Foundation • Gift Shop • Home Health • Registration Waiting Area/Reception/Host • Medical Plaza • Surgery Center West • Patient Services
How will I be trained? Volunteers are trained by the chairman of the service they select or by an experienced volunteer, who will provide an orientation session.
Who can volunteer? Anyone who is at least 14 years of age and is helpful, caring and willing to respect confidentiality. We welcome people of all ages! There is no maximum age limit as long as the individual is physically able to work on the selected assignment.
Karman Legacy Hospice Volunteer Program
Hospices depend on their volunteers. Without the efforts of volunteers, hospices could not continue their important work. Patients and families depend on hospice care. No one else provides the kind of services that hospice does. By attending to the needs of both the patients and their loved ones, hospice care can be a huge comfort for the entire family.
Hospice Volunteers serve in many ways.
- Keep the patient company
- Listen to concerns
- Be a support person
- Read aloud
- Help staff with office work and other behind-the-scenes tasks
Duties will vary depending on the patient’s and family’s needs as well as what the volunteer is able and comfortable doing.
Minimum Hospice Volunteer Requirements
The requirements for hospice volunteers have been put together by combining state regulations with those of Stillwater Medical’s Karman Legacy Hospice.
Volunteers are required to complete 12 hours of well-rounded self-directed core training and to attend at least three in-services a year. In-services are similar to most organization meetings: a discussion topic and/or speaker, announcements, and food. Additional training is required for volunteers who wish to learn more about bereavement and how to help families with the grief they experience after losing a loved one. Confidentiality forms, background checks, fingerprinting, and inoculations are also required for those who wish to volunteer. All volunteers are invited to participate in special events and parties. We ask our volunteers to do as much—or as little—as they can.
Those wishing to participate in Karman Legacy Hospice’s training sessions need to contact Valerie Bloodgood, KLH’s Volunteer Coordinator, at 405-377-8012 or stop by the KLH office at 1311 S. Western, Stillwater, OK 74074.