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Volunteer descriptions for the Sioux Falls region

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Sanford Health. Below is a complete list of all volunteer positions at Sanford Health in the Sioux Falls region.

Volunteer Position

Enhance the patient experience by providing a caring presence to patients during transport and assisting the therapist with treatment as directed. Also provide support to staff by providing housekeeping, clerical and restocking supplies as able.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

Premature infants, known as preemies, come into the world earlier than full-term infants and often begin their lives in Sanford's neonatal intensive care unit. Volunteers provide physical and mental stimulation to the hospitalized infant by rocking, cuddling, singing and supporting the infants.

Requirements:
Aged 19 and up.

Bloom Boutique caters to cancer patients by offering a nice selection of wigs, hats and specialty skin care. Volunteers will assist customers, take phone calls and help with merchandise.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

To provide a caring presence to Orthopedic and Neurology patients by visiting with each patient and completing a brief survey, as well as assisting them as directed by the nursing and therapy staff. This individual will support, socialize with and coach the patient. Also, provide support to Ortho/Neuro nursing and therapy staff by providing housekeeping, clerical, answering call lights, assisting in refreshments/meals and transport support, and restocking supplies as able.

Requirements:
Aged 19 and up.

Do you want to be a kid again and love to play? The Sanford USD Medical Center Wellness Center has opportunities for individual who enjoy being with children ages 0-8 and help provide child care services while parents exercise at the Wellness Center located at 49th St. & Oxbow Ave. Volunteers play with children and interact with recreational activities for children.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

The Children's Hospital at Sanford is home to both inpatient, outpatient and Physician offices. Volunteers provide patients waiting with a warm welcome and escort patients and families to test areas or patient rooms.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

Gift Shop volunteers provide “retail therapy” by touching the lives of patients, families and staff that come into the gift shop. Volunteers will assist gift shop staff in maintaining outstanding customer service by generating sales, merchandising, ringing transactions, taking phone orders and delivering flowers or gifts to patients’ rooms. Gift Shop profits are used to support scholarships, patient care, programs and medical equipment here at Sanford USD Medical Center and Sanford Children’s Hospital.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

When children's have surgery it can be very frightening. The Castle Cappers at Sanford provide these patients with a "fun and decorated" surgical hat. Volunteers meet once a month to cut material and assemble surgical hats. Volunteers also take the material home to complete the sewing projects.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

For over 50 years volunteers at Sanford have been sewing Christmas stockings to be given to babies that are born during the holiday season. Volunteers get together one day a month to cut out and assemble red velvet Christmas stockings. Volunteers also have the benefit of delivering these special gifts to new parents during the holidays.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

To bring comfort and relaxation to the patients in the Birth Place by providing tea and snack service to patient rooms.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

Dialysis volunteers provide comfort and support for patients by reading, playing games or listening. Volunteers assist staff with transporting patients, restocking supplies and filing. If you want to make a difference, this is a great area for you.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

To enhance the Emergency Department healthcare team in providing non-medical information, support and comfort to patients and their families/visitors. This volunteer will visit patients and families while they are waiting for test results or to be seen by healthcare team.

Requirements:
Aged 19 and up.,

Would you like to get a feel for what it's like to work in a medical setting? If so, being a G.I. Aide would be great experience. Volunteers in this area assist in discharging patients, cleaning carts, replacing linens and help support staff.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

Do you enjoy fixing hair? Then this volunteer opportunity is for you. Sanford Hair Care volunteers wash, set and curl patient's hair in the Inpatient Rehabilitation unit.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation assists individuals in the recovery from surgery, injuries and illnesses. We help patients develop mobility, strength, balance, activities of daily living, problem solving, swallowing, speech, memory and leisure. Volunteers in Inpatient Rehabilitation assist staff with patient therapies, cleaning and clerical support.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

Volunteers help enhance the patient and family experience on the Medical/Oncology unit. Volunteers may greet patients and family, answer phones, answer call lights, deliver flower to patient rooms, accompanying patients walking, passing waters, and assist in discharge.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

This volunteer will greet visitors as they arrive to the building and provide information to patients, families and visitors. This volunteer will direct visitors to their appointment areas.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

To offer assistance, support and encouragement to heart disease patients and their families about their heart procedure and document any concerns that need a follow up visit.

Requirements:
Aged 19 and up.,Requirements: Must have had a heart procedure, be a caregiver who is visiting with the patients and visit together, or a health care professional.

The Sioux Empire Medical Museum is the only medical museum in the region and is open to the public. The museum is located on the Medical Center Campus and volunteers answer questions and provide information to visitors. If you like history you will be a perfect fit for the volunteer opportunity.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

Sanford has four outpatient therapy areas. Volunteers in these areas assist therapists in patient treatment. This may include, but is not limited to escorting patients, cleaning equipment, stocking items/equipment, and light clerical duties.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

To escort patients from registration area to outpatient testing location, inpatient rooms or other locations within the hospital. This volunteer will provide patients waiting in the registration area with a warm welcome to Sanford USD Medical Center and help alleviate anxiety as they wait. This role does include a lot of walking.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

When children are hospitilized at Sanford Children's we have a school teacher who helps them keep up on their studies. Volunteers are utilized to assist school age patients with educational activities. Volunteers will interact with school age patients (5-18 years) at bedside or in a classroom at Sanford Children’s Hospital. Subject specific tutors are also needed to be "on-call' for Spanish, Physics and higher level math.

Requirements:
Aged 19 and up.

This program utilizes animals affiliated with the Animal Assisted Therapy program as a therapeutic modality to enhance emotional, physical, cognitive and social function of hospitalized patients on the cardiology, pulmonary, orthopedics/neurology and children's units. You must have a licensed therapy pet.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

This is a great volunteer opportunity for those individuals interested in a career in pharmacy! Volunteer assist the pharmacy staff in stocking, sorting and filing.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

Volunteer pianist at the Sanford Medical Center perform beautiful music on the grand piano in the main lobby.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

To positively impact the experience of patients and their caregivers (families, friends, and staff) by providing Reiki sessions to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Requirements:
Aged 19 and up.,Requirements: Must be Reiki Certified and provide a copy of certification

Provide clerical support to Spiritual Care & Ethic by answering phones, greeting visitors and providing directions to offices or conference rooms.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

This role supports the work of the Operating Room department by performing various tasks related to the material/physical support of the unit. These include, but are not limited to, routine housekeeping, supply management, and patient transport. Examples: OR room turnovers, cleaning and disinfecting equipment, stocking supplies, clerical duties, changing O2 Tanks, running specimens to lab or running supplies/ equipment to different locations, helping lift patients or escort families to locations.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

Do you like to interact with people and want to get some exercise at the same time? If so, this is the volunteer position for you! Surgical Tower escorts take patient's family from the surgical area to patient's rooms and they also provide clerical and messenger support to staff.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

To enhance the patient and family experience at Sanford USD Medical Center. Volunteers will visit patients and complete the patient experience surveys. They may also greet patients and family, answer phones, answer call lights, deliver flowers to patient rooms, accompany patients walking, provide water, and assist in discharge.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

Do you want to make a difference and get some exercise at the same time? Volunteer escorts in the VanDemark Building welcome patients to Sanford and help alleviate the anxiety that sometimes accompanies waiting and take patients to their destination.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

Do you have a friendly smile? Volunteers in the Van Demark Building welcome patients, provide information and directions to patients and families. Occassionally volunteers will need to push patients in a wheelchair to their destination.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

Waiting Room Host/Hostess are a liaison between the nursing unit and patient family/friends. Volunteers answer the phone, transfer calls or take message for family and friends of patients. Your responsibilities will include directing or escorting families or friends to different areas in the hospital or just visiting with the patients visitors while they wait.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

To enhance the Lobby in greeting visitors, providing information, support and comfort to patients and their families/visitors, provide housekeeping, messenger and transport support as needed. May also assist patients and guests throughout the Sanford campus in finding a physician’s office, patient room, waiting area, lab/x-ray, exam rooms, outpatient testing area, cafeteria and many other areas. With this role, volunteers may be on their feet for 4 hours and walk 2 to 6 miles during that 4 hour period.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.

The Sanford USD Medical Center Campus covers a 6X4 block area. Many customers need assistance in finding a physicians office, patient room, outpatient testing area, cafeteria and many other areas. The Way Finding Volunteer opportunity was created to help our customers get to the area in which they are looking for. We are looking for individuals who are outgoing, friendly and can be on their feet for 4 hours and walk 2 to 6 miles during that 4 hour period.

Requirements:
Aged 16 and up.