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Volunteer Services

Current Openings

At Your Service
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6:00 – 9:00am (available first week of March)
The AYS volunteers run errands throughout the hospital and escort patients and visitors to departments and other nursing units.

Birthing Center Discharge Buddy
Monday 11am – 2pm, 1 – 4pm
Wednesday 1 – 4pm
Friday 1 – 4pm (e/o)
Birthing Center volunteers will assist nursing staff with patient discharges and other duties as assigned.

Greenbush Garden Bistro  (Coffee Shop)
The Bistro is open from 6:30am – 3:30pm Monday through Friday.  Schedules will be determined by the manager and volunteer.  Volunteers in the Bistro will take orders and serve food to customers.  Dietetic majors preferred.

Flower Delivery
Wednesday 12:30 – 2:45pm
Flower Room volunteers will deliver arrangements to patients in the hospital.

Heart & Vascular Short Stay
Monday 6:00 – 9:00am, 12 – 2pm
Volunteers in H&V will greet patients and direct/escort patients as needed.

Medical Imaging
Tuesday 10am- 12pm
Thursday 10am- 12pm
Volunteers in Medical Imaging will escort outpatients to the changing area and assist the staff with other duties as assigned.

Patient Registration
Monday 9am – 12pm
Tuesday 6:00 – 9:00am, 9:00am- 12:30pm
Wednesday 6:00 – 9:00am, 9:00am – 12:00pm, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Thursday 6:00 – 9:00am, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Friday 6:00 – 9:00am, 9:00am – 12:00pm, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Volunteers in Patient Registration will greet and assist patients as they arrive for admission.  Volunteers may be asked to escort patients to nursing units and departments.

Perinatal Clinic
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:00am – 1:00pm
The Perinatal Clinic volunteer will provide clerical assistance for the staff.

Pulmonary Diagnostics
Tuesday  7:45 – 11:30am (every other Tuesday morning available mid-March)
Thursday 7:45 – 11:30am
Volunteers in Pulmonary will greet patients, alert staff members as their patients arrive and provide clerical assistance.

Surgical Waiting Room
Thursday 10:30am – 1:30pm
The Surgical Waiting Room Volunteer greets families, directs and/or escorts them to locations within the hospital, answers the phone and coordinates surgeon consultations following a patient’s surgical procedure.

4 Tower Welcome Desk
Monday 12:00 – 1:30pm
Tuesday 11:30 – 3:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 1:00pm (avail March 4), 1:00 – 3:00pm
Thursday 8:30-11:30am, 11:30 – 3:00pm
Friday 7:00 – 10:00am, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Volunteers at the Welcome Desk will escort family members from the AM Admit unit to the Surgical Waiting Room.  Volunteers will also provide assistance with other duties as needed.

Questions? Contact Us!
Meriter Hospital
Volunteer Services, 2 Tower
202 S. Park Street
Madison, WI 53715
Volunteer Information: (608) 417-6257


Friends of Meriter Scholarship

Application materials are now available for 2015! All materials must be submitted by March 20, 2015. Please direct any questions to your high school guidance counselor or Barbara Bruce at (608) 417-6414.

Welcome! Give Volunteering at Meriter - UnityPoint Health a Try!

You have unique reasons for why you have chosen to donate your time and energy to volunteerism in your community. We respect that! The caring people who volunteer at Meriter - UnityPoint Health reflect the community we serve – women and men…young and younger…teens, college students, working professionals and retirees.  Meriter volunteers complement our dedicated staff by enhancing the quality of healthcare provided to our patients who come from all over south central Wisconsin.   Our volunteers understand that a hospital visit can be stressful and challenging for a patient or family member.  “Welcome to Meriter!” and “How may I help you?” are phrases overheard every day by our visitors.  Kind words and personalized assistance go a long way in making our guests comfortable. 

So, if you are interested in being a vital part of Meriter’s consistent standard of ‘Excellence Always’; than volunteering at Meriter is the perfect fit for you!  Our Volunteer Services staff will work with you to select a volunteer placement that meets your interests and availability.  At the same time, we want to give you a chance to learn new skills and gain a sense of personal satisfaction and accomplishment when you volunteer.  Discover how a couple hours each week can make a real difference for our patients, their families and for you! 

A few of the volunteer opportunities that await you include:
• Facilitating physician and family consults in our new Surgical Waiting Room
• Assisting visitors or callers at our Information Desk
• Escorting families from the Operating Room Welcome Desk
• Visiting patients through our unique Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)
• Supporting new families in our very busy Birthing Center
• Assisting Emergency Room team members
• Delivering patient mail and flowers 
• Providing assistance to our guests in Meriter’s Gift Shop or Greenbush Garden Bistro
• Stocking supplies in the Digestive Health Center or other nursing units
• Facilitating the admission of our patients, delivering paperwork to nursing units, and working on special projects as an At Your Service volunteer
• …and many, many more

As a Meriter volunteer, you could also choose to participate in various fundraising events, serve on a volunteer leadership Board or join a small group committee. For example:
• Annual December Love Lights tree lighting program
• Annual Scholarship Committee which offers financial support to area high school Seniors pursuing a health care career
• A community partnership with Dane County nonprofit organizations and Meriter through our Friends4Friends program

Join Our Volunteer Team!

THANK YOU for your interest in volunteering at Meriter Health Services. We are always looking for energetic people who want to share their time and talents in a healthcare environment and have fun while volunteering.

Please be aware that we do require a 3-4 hour weekly commitment for a minimum of 6 months.  Additionally, all volunteers must do a health screening that includes a 2 step TB skin test and documentation of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella.  Also, the State of Wisconsin requires that a criminal background check be completed on all health care employees and volunteers.

Please print and complete the Application for Volunteer Services Form and the Background Information Disclosure Form you see below.  Send all completed forms to:

Meriter Hospital
Attn: Volunteer Services Coordinator
202 South Park Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53715

Flu Vaccination

Meriter Health Services recognizes its responsibility to provide patients, staff members and volunteers with the safest environment possible.  Influenza (“the flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.  It can cause mild to severe illness and, at times, can lead to death.  The most effective way to prevent infection from an influenza virus is through annual influenza vaccination.  Therefore, volunteers are expected to obtain an annual flu vaccination in order to volunteer during flu season at Meriter.

Friends of Meriter Newsletter

Please enjoy the current issue of NEWSLINE, a bi-monthly publication specifically for our Meriter volunteers.