volunteers.gift shopThank you for your interest in becoming a Passavant volunteer and giving back to our community. The following is a list of our current volunteer opportunities. If you see an area of service in which you would like to help out, please call our Volunteer Department at (217) 245-9541, ext 3199.

Please note: Individual on-the-job training by experienced volunteer or qualified hospital personnel will be provided for all volunteer positions.

Ambulatory Surgery

  • Description: Serve as a messenger, transport patients
  • Number of hours: Approximately 4
  • Frequency: Weekdays (mornings begin at 8:00 a.m. / afternoons begin at 12:00 p.m.)
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, pleasant personality, and able to do a lot of walking. Confidentiality is a must.

Blood Bank

  • Description: Assist with registration of Blood Bank donors, make telephone calls to thank blood donors
  • Number of hours: Approximately 4
  • Frequency: Two days per month
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, and pleasant personality. Confidentiality is a must.

Gift Shop 

  • Description: Operate the Gift Shop in a professional manner in providing a service to patients, their families and the public.
  • Number of hours: Approximately 4
  • Frequency: Weekdays, evenings and weekends
  • Qualifications: Ability to handle business transactions efficiently, in a courteous, pleasant manner. Volunteer must be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, and pleasant personality. Confidentiality is a must.

Hospital Messenger/Flower Delivery 

  • Description: Serve as a messenger between the hospital departments and delivers flower arrangements to patients
  • Number of hours: Approximately 4
  • Frequency: Weekdays (mornings begin at 9:00 a.m. / afternoons begin at 1:00 p.m.)
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, pleasant personality, and able to do a lot of walking. Confidentiality is a must.

Imaging

  • Description: Transfer patients to Imaging Department
  • Number of hours: Approximately 4
  • Frequency: Weekdays: mornings begin at 8:00 a.m.
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, pleasant personality, and able to do a lot of walking. Confidentiality is a must.

Information Center 

  • Description: Assist the public by communicating the appropriate hospital information, give instructions and direction
  • Number of hours: Approximately 4
  • Frequency: Weekdays (mornings begin at 8:00 a.m. / afternoons begin at 12:00 p.m./evenings begin at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Weekends (9:00 a.m. / evenings begin at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, and pleasant personality. Volunteer must be able to give instructions and directions, and learn current computer program. Confidentiality is a must.

Laundry

  • Description: Fold and stack laundry as assigned
  • Number of hours: Approximately 4
  • Frequency: Weekdays and weekends
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, pleasant personality, and be able to stand for prolonged time and perform routine tasks.

Oncology 

  • Description: Greet the patients, assist the doctors and nurses in preparing patient charts and getting patients ready for treatments; Serve as a messenger to Lab & Pharmacy and other departments as needed
  • Number of hours: Approximately 4
  • Frequency: Weekdays (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday)
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, and pleasant personality. Confidentiality is a must.

Pastoral Care Office Volunteer

  • Description: Assist Pastoral Care Office as needed, filing, make phone calls
  • Number of hours: Approximately 2
  • Frequency: Weekdays
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, and pleasant personality. Confidentiality is a must.

Patient Registration

  • Description: Deliver charts to departments, escort patients, make copies
  • Number of hours: Approximately 4
  • Frequency: Weekdays (mornings begin at 8:00 a.m. / afternoons begin at 12 p.m.)
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, pleasant personality, and able to do a lot of walking. Confidentiality is a must.

Rehabilitation Services

  • Description: Serve as a messenger, re-stock booths, change linens
  • Number of hours: Approximately 4
  • Frequency: Weekdays
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, pleasant personality, and able to do a lot of walking. Confidentiality is a must.

Sewing Ladies

  • Description: Sew, make, mend, repair anything needed by hospital
  • Number of hours: Approximately 4
  • Frequency: 1st Thursday of each month, begin at 9:00 a.m.
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must possess sewing skills, be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, and pleasant personality. Confidentiality is a must.

Special Projects

  • Description: Assemble printed materials
  • Number of hours: Approximately 3
  • Frequency: Weekdays/as needed
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, and pleasant personality.

•  Surgical Waiting Room 

  • Description: Relays phone messages between physicians and families
  • Number of hours: Approximately 4
  • Frequency: Weekdays (mornings begin at 7:30 a.m. / afternoons begin at 11:30 a.m.)
  • Qualifications: Volunteer must be neat, in good health, have positive attitude, and pleasant personality. Confidentiality is a must.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Kit Pick Up

Posted on: March 13, 2017

Passavant Area Hospital and the Mia Ware Foundation are again partnering to bring prevention and awareness for colorectal cancer with a screening kit pick up and Community Health Talk later this month. The free kits will be available Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the circle drive at the main entrance to Passavant, 1600 W. Walnut. Individuals should simply drive up, fill out a short questionnaire, talk to a nurse, and then complete the kit at home. The kit is then mailed to Passavant, with test results returned by mail in three to four weeks. The screening kits are new this year and are more convenient with only one stool sample required. They use the fecal immunochemical test screening method for hemoglobin in the stool. The test is considered the new standard for early detection of blood in the stool, one of the early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but if detected early, 90 percent of those deaths are preventable. [caption id="attachment_14043" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jan Rakinic, MD[/caption] In addition to the free screening kits, Passavant is presenting a Community Health Talk on Friday, March 31, with Jan Rakinic, MD, Professor of Surgery, SIU School of Medicine; Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Rakinic topic is “Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Is it Worth the Bother?” The program begins at 12 noon in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 at Passavant. A complimentary lunch is included. Call 479-5800 to register.

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