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Volunteer Services

Current Openings

At Your Service (AYS)
Saturday 3:30-7pm
Run errands as requested through the Lobby Information Desk to all nursing units.  Delivery flowers, e-cards, and newspapers. Escort visitors and patients, sometimes using a wheelchair, to destinations throughout the hospital.  Will be trained on answering phone calls and sharing patient room information for inquiries to assist the Information Desk personnel.  This position is available on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month only.

Birthing Center
Friday 11:30-2:30pm
Birthing Center volunteers will assist nursing staff with patient discharges and other duties as assigned. 

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

Heart and Vascular
Monday 9:00 – 12:00pm, 2:00-3:30
Tuesday 12:00-3:00
H&V volunteers greet and direct Heart Hospital patients.  Also provide clerical support to the unit. 

Medical Imaging
Wednesday 8:00 – 10:00am
Medical Imaging volunteers will assist and escort outpatients from the waiting area to the changing area.  Volunteers will also provide assistance with other duties as needed.

Patient Registration
Thursday 6:00a.m- 9:00a.m
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.

4T OR Welcome Desk
Monday 7:00-8:30 a.m.
Escort families from the pre-op area to the Atrium level Surgical Waiting Room.  Assisting the Health Unit Coordinator with clerical tasks 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—UnityPoint Health. 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 2-4 hour weekly commitment for a minimum of 6 continuous 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, varicella and receive a current influenza vaccine. 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

Please Note: Volunteer Services is only able to consider applicants who are available to volunteer two to four hours a week for 6 continuous months.


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.


Current Openings

At Your Service (AYS)
Saturday 3:30-7pm
Run errands as requested through the Lobby Information Desk to all nursing units.  Delivery flowers, e-cards, and newspapers. Escort visitors and patients, sometimes using a wheelchair, to destinations throughout the hospital.  Will be trained on answering phone calls and sharing patient room information for inquiries to assist the Information Desk personnel.  This position is available on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month only.

Birthing Center
Friday 11:30-2:30pm
Birthing Center volunteers will assist nursing staff with patient discharges and other duties as assigned. 

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

Heart and Vascular
Monday 9:00 – 12:00pm, 2:00-3:30
Tuesday 12:00-3:00
H&V volunteers greet and direct Heart Hospital patients.  Also provide clerical support to the unit. 

Medical Imaging
Wednesday 8:00 – 10:00am
Medical Imaging volunteers will assist and escort outpatients from the waiting area to the changing area.  Volunteers will also provide assistance with other duties as needed.

Patient Registration
Thursday 6:00a.m- 9:00a.m
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.

4T OR Welcome Desk
Monday 7:00-8:30 a.m.
Escort families from the pre-op area to the Atrium level Surgical Waiting Room.  Assisting the Health Unit Coordinator with clerical tasks as needed. 

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