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Serve patients and families as an emotional support volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: Sharon Hospital

Provide emotional and informational support to patients through in person visits while rounding on patients, or phone/ zoom contacts. Each new Peer Support Volunteer must attend the scheduled training session(s). Following training, Peer Support Volunteers must attend ongoing individual and/or group debriefing sessions as scheduled. Training and participation in these meetings are a mandatory requirement of volunteering for the program. Volunteers must agree to abide by the program's policy on confidentiality of privacy of information. Volunteers must adhere to the policies and philosophy of the program.

QUALIFICATIONS: Volunteers must have been a patient/ family caregiver recovering from the illness/ injury related to the mentorship relationship. Volunteers must be friendly, empathetic and have excellent interpersonal skills. Volunteers must be good listeners and communicators. Volunteers must be able to relate to patients and family members in a non-judgmental manner. Volunteers must exhibit appropriate boundaries when interacting with patients. Must have knowledge of and adherence to hospital policies concerning confidentiality, in relation to patients, physicians and other staff members. Quarterly Peer to Peer volunteer supporters must relay to volunteer and institute leaders themes of issues/ concerns experienced to ensure patient centered care support services are continuously improving.

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About Sharon Hospital

Location:

50 Hospital Hill Rd, Sharon, CT 06069, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to deliver exceptional healthcare to the communities we serve by pursuing the highest standards of quality, safety, service and compassion. Our vision is to be the region’s leading healthcare organization, recognized nationally for its quality, safety, service and compassion. Our dedication and investment in people, technology and facilities, distinguishes us as the provider of choice for patients, families and employees.

Description

Sharon Hospital’s primary service area includes the northeastern area of Dutchess County in New York, as well
as the western parts of Litchfield County in Connecticut, including New Milford and Torrington. From a patient
flow perspective, patients come to Sharon from both states, with about 55% of patients from Connecticut and
43% of patients from New York. Like many communities in New York State and Connecticut, Sharon Hospital’s
service area is experiencing minimal population growth with gradual declines in the numbers of young families
and children. The largest demographic growth is expected in the number of residents aged 65 and older and from
2018 to 2028, the percent change in the 65‐plus age range is projected to be over 20%.

Sharon’s Strategic Plan (2022) ‐ Vision for Success
Sharon Hospital 2022 represents a fundamental turn‐around of the hospital’s position in the region, its
sustainability as a critical resource for the region, its overall quality, and its financial contributions. From 2022
forward, Sharon Hospital is envisioned to continue its vital role as a community hospital, providing quality care
in its core service lines (behavioral health, emergency care, general surgery, respiratory disease, cardiac
disease, stroke) and serving as an integrated channel for more acute care services to the tertiary hub(s) of
Nuvance Health and other systems located in Connecticut.

CAUSE AREAS

People with Disabilities
Seniors
Veterans & Military Families
People with Disabilities, Seniors, Veterans & Military Families

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

50 Hospital Hill RoadSharon, CT 06069

(41.88054,-73.48174)
 

SKILLS

  • Critical Thinking
  • Networking
  • People Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • At least six months of service, once a week for one full shift of three hours.

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