2 West – Same Day Surgery
Volunteers assist in transporting patients to and from surgery, escorting family members, offering drinks to patients after surgery, and performing clerical duties.

2 West – Same Day Surgery – Patient Family Liaison
Volunteers assist the patient family liaison staff in locating patients/families and directing/escorting them to the appropriate areas at the Same Day Surgery Center. Volunteers will provide a friendly environment for patients and their family members, assist with answering phone calls at the patient registration area, and help keep track of patients and families.

Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry
Volunteers support Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry faculty and staff by screening and sorting mail, documents, faxes, and telephone calls; distributing patient referral information; preparing documents and medical reports, manuscripts, and correspondence; maintaining office files as needed; organizing supplies received; making copies as needed.

Betty Puskar Breast Care Center
Volunteers help provide a friendly environment for patients and family members. Volunteers greet and escort patients to the dressing area, provide directions for gowning, and direct patients to the Solarium. Volunteers also assist with clerical duties, such as copying, faxing, answering phones, and the retrieval of image jackets and patient visit cards.

Chestnut Ridge Center – Adult Services
This position requires a background in psychology or a student majoring in this field. Volunteers assist the adult unit staff in providing a variety of direct client services to enrich the lives of patients with mental illness in an inpatient setting. Volunteers may engage in 15-minute, one-on-one peer support sessions on an as-needed basis or conduct a peer support group once per week, focusing on topics of patient education and enhancing support systems using the peer support recovery model. This position also requires providing a variety of indirect client services, such as office duties and organizing.

Chestnut Ridge Center – Dual Diagnosis Unit
This position requires a background in psychology or a student majoring in this field. Volunteers assist the DDU staff in providing a variety of direct client services to enrich the lives of patients with mental illness in an inpatient setting. Volunteers may engage in 15-minute, one-on-one peer support sessions on an as-needed basis or conduct a peer support group once a week focusing on topics of patient education and enhancing support systems using the peer support recovery model. This position also requires providing a variety of indirect client services, such as office duties and organizing.

Chestnut Ridge Center – Intensive Care
Volunteers assist unit staff by providing a variety of direct client services for people with mental illness in an inpatient setting. Volunteers engage in one-to-one peer support sessions on an as-needed basis (not lasting longer than 15 minutes each). You’ll also conduct a peer support group on each inpatient adult unit once a week, focusing on topics of patient education and enhancing support systems using the peer support recovery model. This position may require a variety of indirect client services, such as office duties and organizing.

Child Development Center
Volunteers assist teachers at our facility’s daycare center with daily activities, such as interacting with children, reading to children, helping with projects, supervising play, playing games, etc.

Emergency Department
Volunteers assist the healthcare team by greeting patients, assisting with patient room assignments, communicating with families, and maintaining patient comfort while in the emergency room. Responsibilities also include delivering lab tests and assisting staff with the escort of patients for x-rays and tests, etc.

Emergency Management
This position assists in the development of the WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital Emergency Management program. Participation may come in the form of contributing to a particular team, designed to support an already defined and specific function of the current emergency management plan. Additionally, there will be opportunities to assist in the development of particular projects that will be designed to enhance the functionality of the emergency operations plan as well as the hospital incident command system.

Fall Assessment
The fall assessment volunteer supports staff with patient safety by completing fall data collection in order to make sure proper fall precautions are in place, according to a patient’s personal needs and safety.

Health Information Management
Volunteers assist with filing, typing, answering telephones, as well as other clerical duties in the Health Information Management Department. Volunteers may be assigned special projects based on the number of hours volunteered.

Library
Volunteers sort and organize magazines and books donated for patient and visitor use, stock and straighten magazines in waiting areas throughout the hospital, and take magazines and books to patient rooms to offer reading materials. All volunteers can participate in this service by donating books and/or magazines.

Main ICU and SICU Waiting Rooms – Patient Family Liaison
Volunteers serve as liaisons between the intensive care unit and the patient’s family. The purpose of this position is to provide a friendly environment for family members of loved ones in the intensive care units.

Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center
Volunteers assist Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center (MBRCC) patients by escorting them and their family members to and from the MBRCC to ancillary areas within WVU Medicine. Volunteers will also be available within the clinic to escort and assist patients and their family members to locate information or assist by walking around and greeting the patients within the clinic and lobby.

Medical Records Transport
Volunteers pickup and transport discharged patient records from the inpatient units to the 4th floor mail room bins for transport to health information management for scanning.

Musician
Volunteers provide a warm, comforting, friendly, and calm atmosphere by playing instrumental music for patients and families in hospital common areas and patient rooms. Harps and guitars are preferred.

NICU Cuddler
Volunteers assist the WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital team in working to create an atmosphere of friendliness, warmth, and helpfulness in the NICU and pediatric unit and provide appropriate sensory stimulation or human warmth/contact/cuddling to selected step–down and transitional nursery infants as needed. Students must volunteer one semester before having the opportunity to volunteer in the NICU, and students are limited to volunteering one semester in the NICU to allow other students the opportunity.

No One Dies Alone Program
Volunteers offer companionship to patients who are 48-72 hours from death, on comfort measures only, and do not have family/friends able to be present. Volunteers can also serve as a coordinator for this position where they would be on-call for a week at a time to notify volunteers and coordinate a vigil schedule when an event occurs. Volunteers have the option of serving in either or both roles.

Nursing Resource Pool
Volunteers will assist with secretarial duties including filing, alphabetizing and supporting our hotel reservation system for nurses who stay at University Park.

Occupational Therapy
This position is available to pre-occupational therapy and occupational therapy students. We accept six volunteers per semester. No weekend or evening shifts are available. Volunteers observe occupational therapy treatment and learn how people become independent through the use of purposeful activities and equipment. Volunteers also become involved with the daily clerical functions and responsibilities of the occupational therapy department.

OR – 2nd and 5th Floor
Volunteers support the operating room healthcare teams by assisting with patient transport, family escorts, inventory checks/stocking, errand running, equipment acquisition, equipment cleaning, storeroom organization, environmental cleanliness, and clerical duties. Family support activities are performed as needed, such as assistance with patient belongings and nutrition.

OR Waiting Room – 5th floor
Volunteers serve as liaisons between the operating rooms, physicians, and the patient’s family. Volunteers keep a log of who is waiting on each patient in surgery and maintain close contact with the Operating Room desk that gives regular updates on patient status. The overall purpose of this position is to provide a friendly environment for family members of loved ones in surgery.

Orthopedic Clinic
Volunteers assist orthopedic surgery patients at our University Town Centre location with health progress reports and assist front desk staff with general office duties as needed.

Orthopedic Clinic – Spine Center
Volunteers assist orthopedic surgery patients at our University Town Centre location with health progress reports and assist front desk staff with general office duties as needed.

Patient Activity Program
Volunteers visit patients and provide diversional activities that promote social, communication, and cognitive skills including craft activities, distribution of magazines, books, puzzle books, etc.

Patient Ambassador
The patient ambassador volunteer provides patient and staff support, helps make hospitalization a more pleasant experience by giving personal attention to the patients, and relieves the nursing staff of various duties.

Patient Mail
Volunteers obtain and sort patient mail, deliver to patients, and forward mail to discharged patients.

Pet Therapy
Volunteers with a certified pet therapy dog visit patients upon request. Volunteer must own a certified therapy dog.

Physical Therapy
This position is available to pre-physical therapy and physical therapy students. We accept seven student volunteers per semester. No weekend or evening shifts are available. Volunteers assist physical therapists in preparation and application of hot and cold packs, mobility of patients, assignment of equipment, preparation of treatment rooms, stocking supplies, running errands, etc.

Post Anesthesia Care Unit
Volunteers assist in transporting patients to and from surgery, escorting family members, offering drinks to patients after surgery, and performing clerical duties.

Pre-Operative Evaluation Center
Volunteers transport specimens from the pre-admission unit to the lab and perform clerical duties.

Rosenbaum Family House
Volunteers provide assistance to guests and departmental staff by registering guests, providing tours, escorting guests to their rooms, answering incoming calls, checking out guests, picking up and sorting mail, and other clerical tasks.w

Stroke Support Program
Stroke survivor volunteers visit and support patients and their families on the inpatient neuroscience unit.

Student Health
Volunteers greet and direct patients upon entry to clinic, keep public areas tidy, assist with patient rounding, provide wheelchair assistance if needed, and direct patients to discharge area.

University Town Centre – Pediatric Clinic Assistant
Volunteers assist physicians and clinical staff with the reading program for pediatric patients: organize donated books in the pediatric library according to child age, read for children in the exam room or in the waiting room, keep siblings occupied while other sibling is in an exam, and help patients with filling out any required forms. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

Urgent Care
Volunteers greet and direct patients upon entry to clinic, keep public areas tidy, assist with patient rounding, provide wheelchair assistance, if needed, and direct patients to discharge area.

Veteran to Veteran
The veteran-to-veteran volunteer program is comprised of veterans, reservists, active duty, and family members of service members who visit fellow veterans and/or service members during their hospital admission. During visits, volunteers talk with the veteran and/or the veteran’s family on different topics. This can include their military experiences or any other issues of interest. The vet-to-vet meeting may be able to allay some anxiety and increase quality of life for the patient and the family during hospitalization. Dogs who have completed therapy dog training and certification may round with the veteran volunteers as available.

Volunteer Office
Volunteers assist with scanning documents and answering telephones, as well as other clerical duties. Duties may also include delivering flowers, taking items to patient rooms, working on various projects as needed, and sending out mailings.

WVU Heart and Vascular Institute – 3 Southeast
Volunteers serve as liaisons between the cardiovascular intensive care unit staff and patient’s families. They work closely with the unit clerks at the front desk. The purpose of this position is to support the unit clerks and staff on 3 Southeast and to provide a friendly environment for family members of loved ones. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Operating Room
Volunteers support the operating room team with surgical/procedural patients. Example duties include: assisting with patient transport, family escorts, inventory checks/stocking, errand running, equipment acquisition, equipment cleaning, storeroom organization, environmental cleanliness, and clerical duties. Family support activities are performed as needed, such as assistance with patient belongings and nourishment.

WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Waiting Room – Patient Family Liaison – 3 Southeast
Volunteers serve as liaisons between the operating room/physicians and the patient’s families. Volunteers keep a log of who is waiting on each patient in surgery and maintain close contact with the operating room desk that gives regular updates on patient status. The overall purpose of this position is to provide a friendly environment for family members of loved ones in surgery and intensive care units.

WVU Medicine Children’s Neurodevelopmental Center – OT, PT, ST
This position is available to students interested in pursuing a career in occupational therapy, physical therapy or speech therapy. Volunteers assist occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists with treatment of pediatric clients and learn how to increase participation and independence in developmentally appropriate functional activities.

WVU Medicine Children’s – Pediatrics
Volunteers visit children and offer companionship by playing games, reading, making crafts, etc. Volunteers also assist child life specialists with cleaning toys, maintaining the playroom, and developing activities, etc. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

WVU Medicine Children’s – Family Resource Center
Volunteers assist the family resource coordinator with general day-to-day functions of the Family Resource Center and assists families when the coordinator is not available. This volunteer also provides patients and families with information on resources both within the hospital and in the community.