Department Director: Kathie Young
At Platte Valley Medical Center (PVMC) our volunteers make a difference. You can make a difference too by becoming a volunteer with us. Our volunteers play an integral role in patient care and throughout our community, while learning about the medical field. Volunteer positions are available in most departments assisting with clerical and clinical tasks. PVMC provides learning opportunities for students and often the accumulated community service hours can be applied toward high school graduation. The primary focus is to be friendly and helpful to all departments and individuals.
How to Become a Volunteer
Becoming an adult or junior volunteer requires the completion of an application. Students under 18 years old are required to have a legal guardian’s signature and need to complete the Helping Hands Volunteer Application Form. Emancipated adults must show legal documents declaring emancipation. Most applicants are interviewed upon completion of their application. Colorado law requires that all employees and volunteers in health-related work areas be tested and pass the PPD Skin Test (tuberculosis). This process can take two to three weeks. References are checked and eligible candidates are required to complete orientation.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Prospective volunteers must be at least 15 years of age, in good general health and able to communicate well in English (knowledge of a second language is a plus). Prospective volunteers must file an application. Completed information regarding volunteers is kept on file, which is confidential and securely stored in the Volunteer Services Department. All medical information is stored and locked in the Employee Health office.
- Volunteers must observe all hospital and departmental policies and procedures including safety and infection control training and practices, identification, confidentiality, dress code requirements, sign-in procedures and smoking policies. This information is presented at the volunteer orientation, which is a required introduction to the Hospital. This orientation must be completed within 90 days from a volunteer’s start date. Acceptance into the volunteer program is based on the hospital’s needs at the time, types of skills needed, schedule flexibility, attitude of prospective volunteer and his/her poise and grooming.
- Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of four hours of service per week for a minimum of six months.
- When prospective volunteer skills do not meet hospital needs, or when programs are full, the applicant is notified.
- Volunteers must set up a meeting with the Employee Health Nurse for mandatory Tuberculosis testing and to provide a copy of immunization records. This appointment takes approximately 20 minutes.
To receive an application you may click here to download, come to the front desk at Platte Valley Medical Center or e-mail our Volunteer Services Director to have an application mailed to you.