McDowell Hospital VolunTEEN Program Ends On High Note

 

McDowell Hospital’s VolunTEEN program ended on a high note, as it has for over the past 20 years. The VolunTEEN program is an annual course, running from June through the first week in August. During this time McDowell Hospital welcomes teenagers between the ages of 14-18 into their clinical and non-clinical departments to give these volunteers a glimpse of life in a hospital. 
 
These volunTEENs volunteer in outpatient departments  such as Physical Rehabilitation at the YMCA and the Emergency Department, inpatient departments like the Operating Room and Labor & Delivery, and in the non-clinical departments including Marketing, Infection Control and the Gift Shop. 
 
“While working in the Physical Therapy [department] at the YMCA, I helped everyone that works there with anything they needed. I really enjoyed being a volunteen this summer and I plan to do it again next year” said volunteen Victoria Nichols.  Teens in the summer 2011 program were able to assist therapy patients, watch the Operating Room perform hysterectomies and other surgeries, visit with moms and their newborns, and plan blood drives, health fairs and other hospital parties. 
 
Tara Ollis, volunteen in the Marketing Department remarked “My summer here was a lot of fun going to meetings and learning the different aspects of marketing,” while Beth Haynes, volunteen in the Infection Control Department admitted “I spent over 100 hours here, and it was all amazing!”
 
McDowell Hospital offers volunteering opportunities for teens ages 14-18 during the summer VolunTEEN program or for adults over 18 throughout the year. For more information on becoming a volunteer or a summer volunTEEN, visit www.mcdhospital.org or call 828-659-5000.