Western Maryland Health System Foundation
WMHS Foundation
Telephone: 240-964-8100

Volunteers

If you are interested in sharing your time and your unique talents, we welcome your contributions!

The Western Maryland Health System relies on volunteers as a vital part of the ongoing care we provide.  There are many opportunities to get involved at one of our locations and we have something for almost everyone.  Western Maryland Health System benefits from all types of skills provided by our volunteers.

For more information on volunteering at WMHS, please contact Patty Wright at Volunteer Services for an application packet by calling 240-964-8499 or by e-mail at pwright@wmhs.com.
  
Or if you prefer, you can complete the volunteer application online by clicking on the following links:

Click HERE - to apply to become a volunteer with WMHS (adult application)
Click HERE - If you are age 14 to 17 and want to apply to become a teen volunteer at WMHS (teen application)

Orientation

New Volunteer Orientation is provided via this website to allow new volunteers to readily have access to information necessary for meeting orientation requirements for placement.  This orientation must be completed prior to the first day of your placement.


2. Read and complete the following:

Orientation Post Test or Teen Orientation Post Test
Confidentiality Agreement
Health Appraisal – Complete and call Employee Health to submit this paper and be seen
Adult Volunteer Agreement
Orientation Checklist 


3. If you are under the age of 18, please complete the Federal Laws for Teens Under 18 Years of Age

4. If you are under the age of 18, please print this Parent Consent Form, have a parent or guardian sign it, and return it to the Volunteer Office.

Health Requirements

TB Test: All NEW adult and teen volunteers will need to turn in the results of a TB test (There are some exceptions to this, based on your TB test history).  We can provide you with these two TB tests, but it will take a minimum of two weeks to complete.  All Health Appraisals must be examined by our Employee Health Services and be complete prior to volunteering.  Once you complete the Health Appraisal, call Employee Health at 240-964-8210 for an appointment to be seen.  You must bring this completed Health Appraisal with you to this appointment.


Opportunities for Volunteers

The Western Maryland Health System offers a wide variety of rewarding volunteer opportunities for folks of all ages.  Volunteerism is a great way to be of service to your community and to make new friends as well.

Hospital Volunteers

There are many volunteer opportunities at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.  Some of the valuable services volunteers provide include:

  • Greeting and providing assistance to patients and visitors
  • Assisting with patient care activities
  • Delivering mail and flowers
  • Providing clerical assistance to staff
  • Working in the gift shop

For more information about volunteering for the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, please call Patty Wright at 240-964-8499. You may also email Patty Wright at pwright@wmhs.com.  To apply to become a volunteer with WMHS, please click HERE 

Teen Volunteer Program

Young people between the ages of 14 and 18 can serve their community and gain valuable insight into healthcare careers as part of our Teen Volunteer Program at WMHS.  Teens provide assistance to the busy nursing staff and other professional personnel and serve as ambassadors to the health system.  Teen applications are now accepted throughout the year and orientations are held on an individual or small group basis.  For more information, please contact Patty Wright at 240-964-8499 or pwright@wmhs.com.  If you are age 14 to 17 and want to apply to become a teen volunteer at WMHS, please click HERE.


Family Volunteering Opportunity

If you have children or grandchildren between the age of 7 and 14 years old, you may be able to volunteer WITH them for WMHS.  This is a new opportunity for family volunteering.  By volunteering with your children or grandchildren, it gives them a chance to experience how to help others and give back to the community.  This is a trial program and there is an application, orientation, and training process.  If you have a family of two or three individuals, at least one of which is an adult over the age of 18, you may apply to volunteer in this new program. Families will be staffing our Information Desk in the main lobby of the hospital for 2 or 4 hour shifts, with a minimum of two days a month commitment required.  This consistency is necessary to maintain skills needed to perform the job as well as to keep apprised of changes that are constantly occurring.  This opportunity is for evenings and weekends only at this time.  Interested adult representative(s) of the family may contact Patty Wright, Director of Volunteer Services at 240-964-8499 or by email at pwright@wmhs.com.


Hospice Volunteers

Volunteers are an important part of the hospice team.  Volunteers in the WMHS Home Hospice Program provide companionship and emotional support for patients and their families and can often enable the family caregiver to take a break from the responsibilities of around-the-clock care.  Other types of assistance provided by these volunteers may include helping with errands, doing light housekeeping, preparing meals, creating diversionary activities, and providing transportation.  For more information about these volunteer opportunities, please call 240-964-9000.


WMHS Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Volunteers are always welcomed at the WMHS Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Frostburg.  This skilled nursing facility is home to nearly 90 residents.  Volunteers provide companionship to the residents, assist with special activities, and help create a festive, homelike atmosphere.  For more information about volunteering at the WMHS Frostburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, please call 301-689-1391.  
                                                          
Volunteer Patient Advocate Opportunities

Make a Difference and Become a Volunteer Advocate - Want a volunteer experience that is fun, challenging, and rewarding?  Want to meet new people and make new friends?  Want the chance to help shape the services that are provided in your community's hospital?  Want a chance to truly make a difference in someone's life?  

The Western Maryland Health System is committed to ensuring our patients have a positive experience during their visit.  Patient Advocates are there to enhance and increase the frequency of patient contacts.  Patient Advocates provide the following services:

  • Serve as a liaison between our patients, families, and hospital departments.
  • Listen and solicit comments from patients regarding the health care services they are receiving.
  • Provide support and companionship for patients and families.
  • Help impact patient satisfaction and experience at WMHS. 

Whether your have been an advocate before or are interested for the first time, we need YOU! 

For more information on Volunteer Patient Advocate opportunities at the Western Maryland Health System, please contact Diana Dayton, Department of Patient Experience and Culture, at 240-964-5675.  You may also send an e-mail to ddayton@wmhs.com.


   WMHS Volunteer Newsletter
    Summer 2016 - Click HERE  











Patricia M. Wright, CDVS
Director, Volunteer Services
Phone:  240-964-8499
Fax:  240-964-8495
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