Animal-Assisted Therapy — Owner of a certified therapy dog who would like to round with patients and families in hospital common areas and in patient rooms.
Benaroya Research Institute — An international leader in immune system and autoimmune disease research translating discoveries to real life applications. Volunteers assist with various clerical projects.
Concierge Cart — Connect with patients while bringing items and services to the patient’s bedside via a mobile cart.
Clerical — Opportunities include making patient education binders, helping out with mailing announcements, filing and organizing documents, data entry and other tasks.
Gift Shop — Provide customer assistance to patients, families and staff; operate a cash register and stock supplies.
Patient-Family Liaison Emergency Room — Nurture, support and serve ER patients or family through wayfinding, assisting in the Family Resource Center or visiting patient-family members through rounding.
Patient-Family Liaison Infusion Center — Nurture, support and serve patients or family at our Outpatient Infusion Center through wayfinding, assisting in the Family Resource Centers or visiting patient-family members through rounding.
Patient Care Volunteer — Supplement the quality of patient care by helping nursing staff by extending warmth, friendliness and compassion to patients.
Therapeutic Music — Provide a warm, comforting, friendly, and calm atmosphere by playing instrumental music for patients and families in hospital common areas and in patient rooms.
Forms You Need to Complete
Note: Patient Family Partner volunteers in a clinical setting will also have to complete these forms.
Interview or Questionnaires — Participate in a one-time interview or fill out a questionnaire about your health care experience.
On-line Reviewer of Materials — Review patient/family educational and/or marketing communication materials for readability, simplicity and understandability. Emails come intermittently.
Listening Sessions — Open to all to collaborate and share experiences in on-line or in-person sessions so that you can hear about what others in our volunteer community are doing. Held once a month on the third Thursday of each month.
At Virginia Mason:
Hospital or Clinic Volunteer: Nurture, support and serve through a variety of roles including: meet, greet and escort families throughout the Medical Center or Clinic sites, visiting patients and family members on Units, or work in the Gift Shop.
Process Improvement Workshop — This is a hands-on team to improve an organizational issue. Volunteers work directly with staff members, representing the patient-family perspective. Time commitment ranges from one to five days.
Focus Group or Panel Member — Individuals would participate in a one-time meeting providing feedback or suggesting solutions on a particular topic.
Patient Education Reviewer — Review patient-family informational materials for readability, simplicity and understandability.
Family Faculty — Individuals provide presentations through stories about their lives, both inside and outside the hospital. They share strategies for collaboration and teach partnership practices through real life experiences from a patient and family perspective.
Peer Partner — Currently, peer partner programs are serving in the Orthopedic and Laryngectomy departments; peer partners provide Virginia Mason patients with a connection to another person who has undergone a similar care experience.
Committee Member — Come share your patient or family perspectives on a variety of committees or guiding teams that plan services throughout Virginia Mason. Examples are: safety, quality, or guiding teams planning Kaizen improvement work within a specialty area.