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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers serve patients and families in many ways. We have volunteers that range in age from 16 to over 90! All are welcome to join us in our healing ministry. Opportunities exist at the hospital, in clinics, in Hospice and at Avera Prince of Peace. There are over 100 areas in which to volunteer.

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Positions We Are Currently Looking to Fill

The table below contains a list of current volunteer positions available and the times needed. Click on the drop-downs for a short description of each position. This information is updated regularly.


Available Positions
Morning
Afternoon
Weekends

Avera Surgery Center Greeter

Assist the valet at the Prairie Center with greeting visitors and keeping keys.

T, Th 8-12

Behavioral Health Information Desk

Serves as a receptionist in the Lobby of the 69th Street Behavioral Center, helping visitors locate patient room numbers, gives directions, answers questions, and maintains a tidy waiting area.

F 12-4

Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine Reception

Act as receptionist for patients/outpatients and families as they come to the department and notify staff of patient's arrival. Assist the family in keeping track of amount of time test would take.

F 8-12

Companion Service

Provide assistance to patients to ensure they stay safe in the patient care environment.

varies

Digestive Disease Reception (summer)

Serves as hostess-receptionist in the Waiting Room of Digestive Disease Institute in Plaza 1, escorting family members to the appropriate ready room after a procedure is complete, and assembling paperwork packets for patients.

T 7:30-11:30

ER Greeter Desk

Assists and welcomes the public entering Avera McKennan Hospital by helping them locate their destination, and assists the Emergency Department Registration Secretary with clerical duties.

F 12-4

Express Admit Unit

Assists staff in the Admissions Center, assembling charts, cleaning carts and transporting patients to their destination.

Th 12-4

Gift Shop

Works in the Gift Shop greeting and assisting customers and providing a welcoming environment; also assists Gift Shop staff as directed.

Sat 1-4

Hospice (offered on an individual basis)

Provides support services to patients, families and staff in accordance with patient plans of care. Offered on an individual basis as needed.

To Be Determined

Information Desk, Lobby

Assists and welcomes the public entering Avera McKennan Hospital facility by helping them locate their destination, using the hospital computer data base. This volunteer must communicate well with people and maintain a pleasant disposition.

Sat 1-5;
Sun 10-1

Intensive Care Unit Reception

Answers the phone, checks in family members and visitors of ICU patients, facilitates communication with hospital staff, and offers items to meet physical needs and offers emotional comfort and support.

M, T, W, Th,
F 9-12
W 12-4

Lobby Desk Greeter Plaza 2

Assist and welcome the public entering Plaza 2 by helping them locate their destinations.

Th 12-4

Mended Hearts (Special requirements)

Offers assistance, support and encouragement to heart disease patients and their families, mainly achieved through hospital visits.

To Be Determined

NICU 4 Concierge

Acts as a welcoming greeter by answering the phone and guiding guests and visitors to NICU 4, assisting in maintaining a secure environment for newborns.

Th 8-12 T, W, Th 4-7 Sat 1-5

Oncology Unit Hospitality

Provides assistance to patients to ensure that they receive timely response to their requests, that their comfort is maximized, and that their needs are met, alerting staff to clinical needs.

M, W 10-1

Patient Escort

Provides a safe, hospitable method of transporting or escorting patients and families throughout the hospital campus; pushing wheelchairs when necessary, and picking up and delivering items throughout the hospital and clinics.

T, Th 12-4;
W, Th 4-7

Prairie Center Welcome Desk

Works as a greeter and guide in the Prairie Center, answering guest questions, using the computer system if necessary, and assisting patients in finding and getting to the clinic for their appointment, sometimes by wheelchair.

W, F 12-4;
M 4-6

Prince of Peace Activities

Assists nursing home staff with structured activities, including outings and special events. Visit with the residents/patients who choose not to be involved in group activities.

To be determined.

Surgery Assistant

Acts as hospitality for the unit and helps patients and family with concerns before and after surgery.

M, W, Th 11-3

Surgery Trauma Hospitality

Assists staff with clerical duties, transfers, and to provide hospitality to customers.

M, T, W,
Th 11-3

Third Floor Atrium Concierge

Is a welcoming greeter and guide to Women’s Center guests and visitors; assisting in maintaining a secure environment for newborns.

M, T, W, Th, F
10-2

Women's Center Concierge

Greets and guides guests and visitors to the Women’s Center; assisting in maintaining a secure environment for newborns.

M, F 12-4;
M, T, W, F 4-7
Sat 1-5;
Sun 1-5
If you would like to speak to someone about volunteering, choose from the following options:

Avera McKennan Volunteer Services at 605-322-7897
Avera McKennan Hospice Volunteers 605-322-7715
Avera Prince of Peace Volunteers 605-322-5605

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