Student Volunteers Add New Dimension to ACH
Students from various local high schools are helping to make ACH a better place. These volunteers are involved in a student program, which enables them to learn about the health care field and put them on their way to making a career decision all before graduating high school.
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â€œWe are always looking for ways to enrich our volunteer program at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />AllianceCommunityHospital,â€ Volunteer Coordinator Marcy Todd said. â€œWe realize the positive impact every volunteer has on our patients, visitors, staff, colleagues and the community.â€
â€œWhen the opportunity presented itself to offer volunteering experiences to students who have special needs, we knew this was a win-win opportunity for all parties. We offer the students a variety of positions where they can utilize and sharpen their skills which will aid them in procuring employment in the future.â€
â€œThe hospital benefits not only by positioning these volunteers in service areas where they can make positive differences for those entering the doors of ACH, but by also having a hand in helping to shape these students' futures,â€ Todd explained.
Four students from MinervaHigh School currently volunteer at ACH on Mondays and Wednesdays, for approximately seven hours a week. The instructor for the class is Susie Stadelman, with assistance from Vicky Smith and Mary McConneghey.
These students work in the Print Shop, Medical Records, Educational Services and the mail room. They also assist with special projects for a variety of departments.
â€œThese students are wonderful,â€ Print Shop Coordinator John Austin said. â€œThey are consistent and take great pride in their work. Give them a job, and they take their responsibility very seriously. It's a joy having them here.â€
Also joining the program are ten students from SebringMcKinleyHigh School. Carolyn Holbrook runs the program and is assisted by Diane Braidic and Matt Fowler.
These SHS students come to ACH every other Thursday and work for approximately three hours. They provide service in the Print Shop, CommunityCareCenter, Patient Registration, Information/Discharge and the HealthCaringResourceCenter. They also assist with special projects as they surface. Two of these students also come in extra days during the week to volunteer in the CommunityCareCenter.
â€œThere is a real sense of pride when these students walk through our doors,â€ Todd shares. â€œVolunteering in a professional atmosphere is a real boost for them.We enjoy having them as part of our volunteer program. We feel very fortunate to be able to contribute just a small part to their life experiences.â€ Todd said.