Volunteering at Lakeland Regional Medical Center is not only a great way to help your community, it's a great way to help yourself!
While performing many valuable services for our patients, families and staff, volunteers have the opportunity to:
- Offer assistance to patients and families
- Assist our clinical staff – allowing them to focus more time on our patients
- Make a difference in someone’s life
- Learn or develop skills
- Gain work experience
- Build self-esteeem and self-confidence
- Improve health
- Meet new people
- Feel needed and valued
From the first Red Cross volunteers in 1916 to the chartering of the first Auxiliary in 1956 to our current Volunteer Service Program, volunteering at Lakeland Regional Medical Center has a long and rich history. Once known as “Pink Ladies” operating the Sewing Guild and Gift Cart, the role of the hospital volunteer has grown and changed along with the hospital it serves. The program now includes opportunities for men and women of all ages with a variety of skills and experience.
Today, our volunteers can serve in the following assignments:
Waiting Room Host & Hostess
Are you a compassionate individual who always wanted to volunteer but was afraid your limited walking abilities would prevent you from giving service at a place as large as the hospital? Our intensive care and surgical waiting rooms need patient and caring volunteers to staff our family waiting areas. This is often a time of great anxiety for families, and a warm, caring volunteer can make this experience a little less stressful. These are all seated positions but volunteers do need to be able to circulate and let people in and out of secure areas.
Attention mall walkers! How would you like to get that walking done while lending assistance to our clinical teams? Escort/Errand service volunteers often record five miles or more while running x-rays to and from the units, picking up and delivering to our labs, admitting and discharging patients, plus a myriad of errands to help deliver services to our patients and their families. If you like to be active and enjoy meeting new people in an exciting and interesting environment, you will want to join our Escort/Errand team today!
Friendly, conscientious individuals are needed to drive a courtesy tram escorting visitors from parking to the entrance. if you love the outdoors and meeting lots of people, this is the place for you. Drivers must pass a physical and drug screen to qualify.
Only enthusiastic and outgoing persons need to apply for our patient information desk. Here, our volunteers field all patient information calls and connect friends and family to the patient’s room. Minimal computer experience is helpful. Patience and compassion is a must.
Do you love people? Do you love to shop? Come share your knowledge, experience and time in our beautiful Gift Shop. The shop is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Lakeland Regional Cancer Center
Our state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility is in need of volunteers to assist in our waiting areas escorting patients to and from treatment, courtesy tram and to help with light office work. Cancer survivors and their families find their unique experience gives them special empathy for those facing the challenges and fear a cancer diagnosis can bring. However, we welcome anyone with a compassionate heart and desire to help others in the warm and caring environment of our cancer center.
If you and your certified therapy dog would like to share that special TLC only an animal can bring, you will want to sign up for our Pet Therapy program. Many patients miss the affection of their own four-legged family members during their hospital stay, and a few moments with your affectionate pet can brighten their day.
No volunteer feels more loved and welcomed than when delivering flowers. If you would like to bring a smile to the face of a patient, you will enjoy our floral service. Our flower desk is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Did you know that the LRMC Emergency Department is the busiest in Florida? We are a Level II Trauma Center and see seriously critical patients on a regular basis. Our staff is looking for volunteers to escort patients to the treatment area, run tests to and from the labs, sit with frightened patients as they wait for family, help re-stock supplies and many other challenging, but rewarding, tasks to help people at their most critical time of need.
Are you a retired or inactive RN or LPN? As a Nightingale Nurse volunteer at LRMC, you will have the privilege of spending time one-on-one with a patient who needs you and only what you can provide – things that do not require the skills of a nurse, just the heart of one.
All adult volunteers must pass a criminal background check and submit to an annual TB skin test. All volunteers at LRMC may be required to purchase a uniform. Volunteers are given a meal voucher worth up to $6.00 in our cafeteria for every day they give service.
Teen Volunteer Program
Teens work side by side with clinical staff and adult volunteers, gaining valuable work skills in a character-building environment. Students interested in a career in medicine find this a great way to learn about the many healthcare professions and opportunities available. After completing their initial summer program, teens can continue to volunteer year-round in their assigned service area.
Applications are accepted each year until March 31. To apply, download our Teen Application Packet 2013.