Would you recommend Mercy Hospital Volunteer Services?
I have been a volunteer, at Mercy Hospital, for a year. My experience has been very rewarding. I like the small town feel, of caring professionals, staff and other volunteers. Mercy takes pride, in being a very clean hospital. I have only had great experiences, as a volunteer and the Hospital of choice, for my own care! Our Director is the best! Always available to our concerns, understanding & simply KIND! I feel very rewarded, everytime I finish a shift, at Mercy Hospital.
The volunteer office does a fine job placing volunteers in the different areas of the hospital. They try to fit the person to a certain job, then everybody is happy. The hospital is a very friendly place to volunteer. Administration is very supportive of volunteers and is quick to greet and talk to volunteers on a regular basis.
I tried submitting this comment on December 22, 2011 and the system would not accept it. This is my next attempt. In June 2012, I will fulfill 10 years of volunteering at Mercy Hospital. My continuing assignment is in SARS. My experience as a volunteer has always been marvelous: well-organized, excellent training, wonderful cooperation among medical staff and volunteers. I have always felt welcomed to my position and felt great connection in working with staff on behalf of patients and families. I am always fulfilled in my efforts to help patients and families thrive on comfort and satisfaction in their experience at Mercy Hospital.
I am a volunteer at Mercy Hospital, I really enjoy the people and the friendly atmosphere that exists there. Becoming a volunteer is one of the best decisions I have ever made!
It appears that they have a number of volunteer positions that should realistically be held by paid staff. Volunteer training is done in a "fly by the seat of your pants" manner; you do receive a position description, but the training itself does not follow any particular order and takes no specific number of hours.
I did not feel particularly welcome there. They often get 50+ potential volunteers at the orientation, and about half of them follow through and actually volunteer. Perhaps because of the sheer number of potential volunteers, they do not appear to be very invested in the volunteer as an individual. It's either be perfect or be shown the door.