Piedmont Newnan Recruiting New Hospital Volunteers
From Piedmont Newnan Hospital Press Release
Hospital volunteers help in almost every area of a healthcare facility like Piedmont Newnan Hospital. From inpatient services to the Thomas F. Chapman Cancer Wellness Center, these volunteers share their time with the hospital and give back to their local community.
“Our hospital volunteers play a significant role in caring for our patients, visitors and guests, as well as assisting the staff members, nurses and physicians at the hospital,” said Jeannie Johns, Volunteer Services Specialist at Piedmont Newnan. “The work they do every day makes the high-quality, patient-centered care that Piedmont Newnan delivers possible.”
Currently, volunteers are needed in many different departments, and shifts are available every day of the week. There is, however, a specific need for volunteers in the following areas – Breast Health Center, greeters at the Medical Plazas, Infusion Center, Surgical Services, and Cardiac Rehab. At the Breast Health Center, located inside the Medical Plaza adjacent to the hospital, volunteers provide support and comfort to women being seen. The surgical services team provides support for families of our patients in surgery. They provide directions as well as ensure that loved ones in the waiting room are updated accordingly and comfortable while they wait. Greeters, and those at the Infusion Center and Cardiac Rehab, provide a warm welcome for our patients and provide directions to offices and assist patients in getting to the right place.
“Our purpose at Piedmont is to make a positive difference in every life we touch,” said Johns. “The dedication of our excellent volunteers, and the work they do every day, helps make achieving that purpose possible.”
Volunteer services is open to adults, ages 18 and older, and as a way to say thank you, they receive a free meal in the Bistro cafeteria each shift. Over the years, the volunteers have contributed to various hospital needs including scholarships for dependents of staff members and the star atop the hospital that is lit every November and December as part of the hospital’s annual Starry Night event.
“Our volunteers are so selfless, giving, kind and funny,” said Johns. “They come from all walks of life – some are pickleball players, lead singers in a band, golfers, quilters, world travelers and Sunday school teachers. Some have retired from the military, the school system, government roles, and the airlines. One thing they all have in common is that they will help wherever there is a need and want to ensure our patients have a positive experience from the moment they enter our parking lot.”
Applicants interested in volunteering at Piedmont Newnan should have a genuine interest in giving back to the community. Those with an interest or a background in the health care industry make for ideal candidates, but it is not a requirement.
“People who have retired, or work from home, or those whose children are now in school or out of the house, may find themselves having more time and a need to make personal connections and help those in need,” said Johns. “Being a hospital volunteer is the perfect way to give back your time.”
If you are interested in joining Volunteer Services at Piedmont Newnan, call 770.400.2382 or visit piedmont.org/volunteers for more information.