Volunteers are a special breed. They are people of all ages and walks of life who, for many reasons, offer their time and energy in the service of others. They include working or retired people, stay-at-home parents, students and teenagers. They’re looking for ways to help others, to learn about the medical field as a possible career, or simply to contribute to their community.
Here at EIRMC, we depend on Volunteers to help provide that personal touch to make patients and their families feel more comfortable. Some 200 are currently part of the EIRMC family and share our mission to improve the lives of those we touch.
These energetic individuals serve in various capacities, such the Information Desk in the main lobby, the Gift Shop, the E.R., Cancer Resource Center, and in the NICU as baby cuddlers. They also deliver books and toys to patients and visitors, assist in waiting areas throughout the hospital, help escort patients, drive the parking lot shuttle, and provide comfort care. Many serve as non-denominational chaplains and faith-based representatives to provide that always important spiritual care patients may need.
Young people, ages 14-18, can serve as Junior Volunteers. They staff the Information Desk on weekday evenings (4 to 6:30 p.m.) and on weekends throughout the day. Through their service, Junior Volunteers often gain a desire to get an education in the medical field and go on to work as doctors and nurses right here at EIRMC.
The EIRMC Auxiliary consists of Volunteers who want to get further involved at the hospital and in the community by orchestrating fundraisers that help provide certain items for patients in hospital departments, healthcare scholarships for college students, and community causes. Auxiliary members raise money through the Gift Shop, hospital vending machines, and periodic sales of books, jewelry and candy. Volunteers can join the Auxiliary, which has its own Board of Directors, for only $10 a year.
This valuable volunteer service provides visits by screened and trained animals and their handlers to patients who may benefit from contact with an animal. Animal-Assisted Therapy and activities has long been used to help patients relearn or improve their motor control or just bring a little joy and comfort to patients in need of a lift. If you’d like to see if your animal qualifies to be a Pet Partner, contact Connie Sharkey at Intermountain Therapy Animals at 208-733-2733 or 208-404-1672.
If interested in volunteering at EIRMC, you can download and print the application forms. You may also contact our Manager of Volunteer Services, Marchelle Jensen, at 529-6201. We will gladly be in touch to talk with you about a volunteer opportunity here at the hospital that best fits your interests and skills.