June 14, 2011
Wesley Medical Center, an acute care hospital providing full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma, welcomes 84 Volunteens who are beginning their summer work at Wesley this month, helping out in departments and units throughout the hospital.
“Not only does our Volunteen program offer students a hands-on learning environment, it provides a wonderful opportunity to give back to their community,” 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.
“The benefit actually goes both ways,” said Stricker. While our volunteers are learning valuable skills, we have the chance to encourage students toward jobs in healthcare – sort of a recruitment tool.”
For many volunteers, the Wesley program not only offers valuable experience but 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.