Sentara Obici Volunteers add to the quality of the health care environment providing many extra services that supplement the care of the doctors, nurses, technicians and other caregivers. Volunteers help not only patients, but also families, visitors, the hospital staff and the entire community.
We are always eager to welcome new volunteers at Sentara Obici and have many opportunities to choose from. If you are interested in volunteering, the information that follows may be helpful to you.
For any questions about volunteering or volunteer opportunities, call the volunteer director at (757) 934-4788.
Volunteers go through an orientation to introduce them to hospital policies and procedures. Training may be given by an experienced volunteer or hospital employee; depending upon the area of assignment. Special training may be required for specific areas, such as the Oncology Care Unit.
Volunteers wear uniforms while they are on duty, and there are several styles from which to choose.
We like to say "thank you" to our volunteers in many ways, and one way we do that is to offer free meals to volunteers while they are on duty. Once a year a special reception is held for volunteers, and twice a year a dinner meeting of the Sentara Obici Auxiliary, which includes the volunteers, is held. Recognition pins are also given volunteers upon completion of certain service milestones.
Our volunteer director will work with you to find your area of interest. We have volunteers in many diverse areas, such as assisting in the Print Shop, restocking Central Supply shelves, downloading computer information. There's a place for you at Obici!
Here are just a few of the volunteer opportunities available.
Volunteers greet patients as they arrive; they also assist in putting together admission booklets given to patients.
Clerical and Office Assistance:
Several departments use clerical help for typing, filing, computer data input and assisting with mailings.
Assist at the Information Desk in the front lobby, at the Emergency Department entrance and Medical Office Building lobby by greeting patients and assisting them in finding the location they need.
Family Waiting Areas:
In the surgery waiting area and intensive care waiting area, volunteers serve as liaison between families and staff. Visit with families and assist them as needed.
Staff the gift shop by selling merchandise and keeping the items on display neat and orderly. If interested, may assist in displaying merchandise.
Delivering mail and flowers to patients and visiting with them as time permits.
Reading Material Distribution:
Delivering free magazines and books to patients and family members and keeping waiting areas supplied with reading material. Hours vary.