Volunteer at Mount Sinai

Volunteer at Mount Sinai

We would like to thank you for your interest in volunteering at Mount Sinai. We realize you can choose to spend your free time volunteering at a variety of organizations and we are grateful you have chosen to serve your community by volunteering at Mount Sinai. Volunteers are an important part of the team at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Each year our volunteers contribute hundreds of service hours; providing care, encouragement and support for our patients and their families by volunteering within various departments throughout the hospital. They truly make a difference! Volunteers are part of the Mount Sinai family and a proud tradition of community service. Mount Sinai is very fortunate to have a group of dedicated volunteers, including some who have been with us for more than 50 years!

 

Requirements Benefits of becoming a volunteer
  • Be a minimum of 14 years of age
  • Have parental permission if under 18 years of age
  • Provide consent for a background check
  • Submit annual tuberculosis test
  • Participate in an annual orientation
  • Wear hospital uniform and ID badge at all times while on campus
  • Opportunity to give back to your community
  • Complimentary meal ticket for every four hour shift
  • Pharmacy discount
  • Complimentary flu vaccination
  • Complimentary tuberculosis testing
  • Complimentary parking
  • Annual award luncheon
  • Fulfillment of community service requirements for High School (minimum of 75 hours)

How to Become a Volunteer

To volunteer at Mount Sinai please contact our Volunteer Services Department at 305-674-2080 to set up an appointment for an interview. The volunteer application is available below for your convenience. Volunteer opportunities are available from four to eight hours daily. More information on available assignments is listed below.

Application Form

Orientation (Please review the Orientation document and bring the completed signature page along with your application.)

We will work with each volunteer to ensure the best possible placement. We are unable to place volunteers in same department as a parent or relative. It is important to us that you are satisfied with your volunteer placement.

The Volunteer Services Department is part of the hospital and operates as any other department. Therefore, volunteers are subject to hospital rules and regulations. Volunteers will receive an orientation package outlining the policies and procedures of the medical center. In addition, each volunteer will receive a list of expected duties within their assigned department.

 

Available Volunteer Opportunities (click below for more details on each opportunity)

CANCER CENTER

Our award-winning Comprehensive Cancer Center aims to make treatment times as comfortable as possible for patients. Volunteers assist in helping patients and families feel comfortable and welcome during their visit.

  • Skills/Abilities: Service requires walking and standing, some bending and light lifting (<5 lbs.), excellent patient and visitor communication skills
  • Duties: Greet patients and visitors as they enter treatment rooms, distribute complimentary food and beverages to patients during breakfast and lunch, respond to patient and/or family member requests, keep coffee stations and treatment rooms stocked appropriately, perform other duties as assigned by volunteer supervisor

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CLERICAL/OFFICE SUPPORT

On a hospital campus the size of Mount Sinai there are endless opportunities for volunteers to act as a support person for office personnel.

  • Skills/Abilities: Some offices require basic computer skills
  • Duties: Answer telephones, assist with filing, sorting, preparing packets, miscellaneous errands related to assigned office, mailings (folding, stuffing, addressing and labeling materials), organization and setup of seminars and/or meetings, data entry, faxing, copies, perform other duties assigned by volunteer supervisor
Opportunities are currently open in the following departments:
Departments Departments
Breast Center Physician Billing
Business Office Project Management
Case Management Purchasing
Environmental Services Radiation Oncology
Foundation Wien Center
Human Resources

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COLLEGE – EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, NURSING, REHABILITATION

As a teaching hospital, Mount Sinai is dedicated to providing opportunities for college students and allied health trainees to gain skills and experience in their area of study. Mount Sinai has a solid relationship with many local colleges and schools and opportunities for clinical and non-clinical students. Please contact the volunteer office at (305) 674-2080 for availability and any special requirements for each department. We provide opportunities in various departments, such as:

Departments Departments
Blood Bank Occupational Health
Cath Lab Pathology
ECHO/EEG Patient Relations
Emergency Department Pharmacy
Infectious Disease Rehabilitation
Marketing Research
Medical Records Respiratory Therapy

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GREETER

Mount Sinai is a large medical center campus. Patients and visitors may often need assistance in navigating the medical center campus. A greeter is an important volunteer position that helps patients and visitors feel welcome when entering the medical center.

  • Skills/Abilities: Volunteer must be mobile and able to stand on their feet for duration of volunteer hours, excellent visitor and patient communication skills
  • Duties: Greet visitors/patients at entrances in De Hirsch Meyer Tower and Simon Building, escort visitors to treatment areas, physician offices, patient rooms, and hospital administrative areas, give wheelchair assistance when needed

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INFORMATION DESKS

There are three information desks, two of which are staffed entirely by volunteers, providing opportunities for volunteers on our Main Campus.

  • Skills/Abilities: Excellent patient and visitor communication skills
  • Duties: Answering telephones, transferring calls to patient rooms and appropriate departments, greet visitors and patients, offer directions and other general information, assist couriers in locating areas and/or personnel, interpret hospital policy and procedures to families and visitors, transport wheelchair patients when necessary.

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LIBRARY CART

The library cart allows volunteers to interact with patients by wheeling the book cart around the patient units, offering free books and magazines to patients and visitors.

  • Skills/Abilities: Must be able to walk and push book cart, respectful and personable personality required while speaking with patients and families
  • Duties: Greet patients and visitors on patient floors offering free magazine and/or book from the book cart, restock and organize book cart at beginning and end of volunteer hours, relay and patient requests to nursing staff on floor

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MOUNT SINAI AVENTURA

Mount Sinai Aventura Emergency Room, Physician Offices, and Diagnostic Center provide a wonderful opportunity for volunteers in the Aventura area. There are volunteer placement opportunities in the emergency room, cancer center, and reception.

  • Aventura Emergency Department
    • Skills/Abilities: Excellent patient and visitor communication skills
    • Duties: Greet and assist incoming patients and families with a smile and supportive attitude, offer assistance and wheelchair if needed upon arrival of patients, assist in calling for taxi service and/or escorting patients and visitors to cars or taxis, obtain ice packs as requested or needed by staff, maintain clean surroundings (registration, triage, nurses' station, hallways, etc.), provide "nourishment with care" rounds (blankets, ice, water, tea, coffee, crackers, magazines, etc.) as directed by nursing staff, fold sheets, gowns, stock pillows, and other ED supplies as directed
  • Aventura Cancer Center
    • Skills/Abilities: Service requires walking and standing, some bending and light lifting (<5 lbs.), excellent patient and visitor communication skills
    • Duties: Greet patients and visitors as they enter treatment rooms, distribute complimentary food and beverages to patients during breakfast and lunch, respond to patient and/or family member requests, keep coffee stations and treatment rooms stocked appropriately, perform other duties as assigned by volunteer supervisor
  • Aventura Reception
    • Skills/Abilities: Excellent patient and visitor communication skills
    • Duties: Answering telephones, transferring calls to patient rooms and appropriate departments, greet visitors and patients, offer directions and other general information, assist couriers in locating areas and/or personnel, provide clerical and office support as needed and directed by volunteer supervisor

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NUTRITION & FOOD SERVICES

Every day hundreds of meals are delivered to the patient units for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Many times patients are receiving treatments or tests in other areas of the hospital and may miss the regular meal time. Volunteers assist in ensuring all patients receive designated meals upon return to their room.

  • Skills/Abilities: Must be able to stand and walk to all patient units, must be able to serve with limited supervision
  • Duties: Assist in delivering late trays to patient units – any meal served after the regular meal period, assist in collecting meal trays from patient units

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PATIENT UNITS

The nursing staff at Mount Sinai work endlessly to provide quality care to Mount Sinai patients. They can always use an extra pair of hands to assist them with everyday tasks. Volunteers do not assist with clinical or patient contact tasks but are able to help ease the nursing staff's administrative work load.

  • Skills/Abilities: Friendly demeanor
  • Duties: Perform errands for nursing staff as directed by volunteer supervisor, assist in welcoming or set up of patient and family to the unit, escort or give direction to patient and families throughout the medical center, provide newspaper or magazines when requested by patients/families, answer call equipment at the nursing station and relay messages to appropriate nursing staff, answer incoming calls to the unit with correct script, take accurate messages, and transfer calls when necessary, assist in stocking or organizing unit forms and stationeries, assist in filling water pitchers for patient rooms as directed by nursing staff, assemble admission/discharge packets for nursing units, provide comfort rounds (offering juice and snacks) to patients

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RECOVERY ROOM

Under the direction of the Nurse Manager, volunteers are able to assist with routine telephone and operator duties in the Recovery Room. Volunteers will work closely with Abess Lounge volunteers to keep family and friends informed on the status of patients throughout surgical procedures.

  • Skills/Abilities: Must have pleasant telephone demeanor
  • Duties: Answering telephones, obtain accurate information and relay messages to appropriate department/staff regarding patient status, notify Abess Lounge volunteers when a patient has been moved to a patient room from recovery so family can be notified

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SURGICAL WAITING LOUNGE

Abess Lounge, one of Mount Sinai's surgical waiting areas, is a comfortable and quiet waiting area for family and friends of patients undergoing surgery. Staffed entirely by hospital volunteers, service in this area requires a volunteer to be compassionate and reliable.

  • Skills/Abilities: Excellent communication skills with families and friends waiting for patients during surgical procedures
  • Duties: Prepare fresh coffee and water on a regular basis, pick up refreshments from cafeteria, greet waiting family and friends warmly, make sure everyone has been given the patient’s ID number and understands how to follow the patient’s progress on the surgical board, update daily surgical list with required information, promptly/pleasantly answer telephone, notify families with patient status updates, when appropriate escort family and friends to recovery room, and other tasks as assigned by volunteer supervisor.

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TRANSPORT

Volunteers with transport will be called upon to assist staff in transporting patients to their outside transportation once they are discharged. Volunteers must ensure patient is safely transported in a timely manner from their unit to the Main Lobby.

  • Skills/Abilities: Friendly demeanor when assisting patients/families, must be able to walk and push wheelchair
  • Duties: Correct use of wheelchair (training provided), safely transfer patients to/from transport vehicle, offer assistance as needed to patients upon discharge, assist in care and maintenance of department wheelchairs, promptly assist discharged patients in leaving patient units, report discharged room number to Bed Control and Environmental Services

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VOLUNTEER OFFICE

There is always work to be done maintaining Mount Sinai's Volunteer family. The Volunteer Office has an opportunity available for a detail oriented individual that can assist with the day-to-day tasks of maintaining our immense volunteer base.

  • Skills/Abilities: Basic computer skills, detail oriented
  • Duties: Accurately update volunteer hour log, maintain accurate volunteer contact list, assist in providing parking passes to families with patients that have been admitted for seven or more days, errands, other duties as assigned by volunteer supervisor

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WELCOME CENTER

The Welcome Center is a busy office that registers all patients visiting the medical center for outpatient and inpatient procedures.

  • Skills/Abilities: Excellent communication skills
  • Duties: Greet all patients and visitors in a friendly and courteous manner, escort and give directions to patients, families and visitors within medical center, transport outpatients when necessary, hand out numbered tickets to each admission and have them sign the register

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Contact Information

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Mount Sinai Medical Center, call the Volunteer Office at 305-674-2080 or
e-mail Edie Shapiro, Manager of Volunteer Services, at EShapiro@msmc.com.