June 04, 2012
WICHITA, Kansas – Wesley Medical Center welcomes 90 teenage volunteers (Volunteens) who are beginning their summer work at Wesley today. Volunteens will use their skills to help their community and may even discover their future dream job along the way.
“The program gives students the opportunity to pursuean interest in healthcare as well as provide a service to our patients and our community by sharing their enthusiasm and energy,”said Carol Stricker, Wesley guest services director.
Wesley has offered the program for more than 15 years. It is open for any area student who has completed 8th grade and maintained a C average. The students will be delivering flowers and mail, transporting patients, answering phones, entertaining pediatric patients, assembling admission packets and doing other clerical jobs.
“Volunteens have the opportunity to see how a medical center functions, often going into areas others rarely see and observing healthcare personnel in action,” Stricker said.
This in-depth experience encourages the teenage volunteers to pursue jobs in healthcare. Wesley has several current physicians and nurses that participated in the Volunteen program when they were teenagers.
In addition to providing students healthcare industry exposure, the Wesley program allows them to achieve needed community service credit hours mandated by some high schools.
For more information about Wesley’s Volunteen program, contact hospital guest services at (316) 962-2100.