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Volunteer Services

Current Openings

At Your Service

Friday 4:00 – 7:00pm
The AYS volunteers run errands throughout the hospital and escort patients and visitors to departments and other nursing units.

Digestive Health Center
Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm
Volunteers in Digestive Health will assist the staff by stocking items, running errands and helping with room turnover.

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.

Heart & Vascular Short Stay
Friday 12 – 3pm
Volunteers in H&V will greet patients and direct/escort patients as needed.

Medical Imaging
Monday 10am- 12pm
Tuesday 10am- 12pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm
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- 12:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 12:00pm, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Thursday 6:00 – 9:00am, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Friday 6:00 – 9:00am
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
Wednesday and Thursday 7:45 – 11:30am
Volunteers in Pulmonary will greet patients, alert staff members as their patients arrive and provide clerical assistance.

4 Tower Welcome Desk
Monday 12:00 – 3:00pm
Tuesday 11:30 – 3:00pm
Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00pm
Thursday 8:30-11:30am, 11:30 – 3:00pm
Friday 7:00 – 10:00am, 10:00am – 12:00pm, 12:00 – 3:00pm
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


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

Love Lights

Honor or remember a friend, family member or co-worker this holiday season by purchasing a blue or white Love Light for Meriter Hospital's outdoor tree. Blue lights symbolize people being honored and white lights symbolize people being remembered. For a minimum $5 donation, one light will be placed on the Love Lights tree to recognize someone special in your life. To purchase a strand of 25 lights for the Love Light tree, please make a minimum donation of $100. To purchase a Love Light online, please complete the order form below. Proceeds from this year’s Love Lights program will benefit Meriter – UnityPoint Health’s substance abuse program NewStart.

Make a donation in the Meriter Hospital Gift Shop or online. Orders must be submitted by Tuesday, November 25, 2014, to be included on the Love Lights poster.

Join us at our Love Lights Tree Lighting

Enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of the holiday season and honor loved ones as the Love Lights trees are illuminated.
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Location: Meriter Hospital Chapel

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.

Friends of Meriter Scholarship

Watch for 2015 application materials in January 2015.