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Volunteer Services

Current Openings

At Your Service (AYS)   
Monday  6:00 – 9:00am
Wednesday  6:00 – 9:00am (available mid-May), 4:00 – 7:00pm (available in June)
Thursday 12:00 – 4:00pm (two openings)
The AYS volunteers run errands throughout the hospital and escort patients and visitors to nursing units and other departments within the hospital.  This position is appropriate for high school students.

 Birthing Center Discharge Buddy
Friday 4:00 – 7:00pm (available mid-May)
The volunteers in the Birthing Center will assist the nursing staff with discharges and provide assistance with other duties as needed.

 Heart & Vascular Short Stay
Monday  11:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday 8:00 – 10:30am (available mid-May)
The volunteers in H&V will greet patients, direct and escort patients if needed.  This position is appropriate for high school students.

 Medical Imaging (X-ray)
Tuesday  8:00 – 10:00am
Thursday 8:00 – 10:00am (available mid-May)
The Medical Imaging volunteers will escort outpatients from the waiting area to the changing rooms.  The volunteers will provide assistance with other duties as needed.  This position is appropriate for high school students.

Patient Registration
Monday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday 6:00 – 9:00am
Volunteers in Patient Registration will greet patients as they arrive to be admitted.  Volunteers will also escort patients to nursing units and departments as needed.

Pulmonary Receptionist
Friday  12:00 – 3:00pm
The volunteers in the Pulmonary department will greet patients, alert staff members as their patients arrive and provide clerical assistance for the department.

 4 Tower Welcome Desk
Monday 11:30 – 3:00pm
Wednesday 7:00 – 11:00am
Thursday  7:00 – 8:30am (available May)
Friday  1:00 – 10:00am, 10:00am – 1:00pm (available May)
Volunteers at the Welcome Desk will escort family members from the AM Admit unit to the Surgical Waiting Room.  Volunteers will also provide clerical assistance for the staff.

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


Welcome! Give Volunteering at Meriter 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 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

Friends of Meriter Newsletter

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

Friends of Meriter Scholarship

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.