Saint Louis University Hospital is nationally recognized as an academic medical center that specializes in providing high end medical care to the most seriously ill and injured patients in our community. We rely on highly coordinated teamwork to address the needs of these critical patients and their families.
It takes a special kind of person to work in this fast-paced, ground-breaking environment, and volunteers are a necessary part of assuring that those who arrive at our door receive the very best care and compassionate service.
As a volunteer, you are an essential part of what we do.
Candidate Information and Requirements
Adult volunteers may submit a letter or email expressing interest along with a completed volunteer application at any time during the year. Candidates who possess qualifications that match a current opportunity will be contacted for an interview.
The deadline for college student applications is August 3 for the Fall/Spring semester. Each student must commit to volunteering a minimum of 75 hours through April 30 of the following year. Students without a valid social security card are not eligible to apply.
Along with the volunteer application, students must also submit their resume and a personal goal statement.
High School Students
Must be at least 16 years of age and have basic computer experience. Candidates must submit a completed application along with documentation from school regarding service hour requirement along with a copy of immunization records.
· Free parking is available in the hospital’s main parking garage
· Volunteers who work more than four hours during a shift are eligible to receive a free meal
· Adult volunteers will receive a free cup of coffee from the hospital,
· Invitation to Annual Recognition Luncheon
· Complimentary apparel
· Ability to participate in hospital events
· Free annual flu shot
Once chosen to be part of the volunteer program, candidates will be contacted to schedule a health screening and complete a background check. The process can take 3-6 weeks.
Background check. A background check is required for all volunteer candidates over 18 years of age. Applicants must complete and sign a background check authorization and information form and may need to present their social security card and, if necessary, provide documentation of authorization to work. These are processed through SLU Hospital’s human resources department and may take up to two weeks to receive clearance. Background checks from other facilities are not accepted.
Health Assessment. All selected candidates are required to receive a health screening (free of charge) from SLU Hospital’s employee health department, located on campus. This screening is a must even if candidates have been screened recently by other institutions. However, documentation of a recent screening may be requested.
A two (2) step PPD skin test, substance abuse screening and combination H1N1/influenza vaccine are required at the time of placement to ensure that volunteers are not placed in positions that would pose an undue risk to them or to patients. Volunteers are thereafter required to have an annual one-step PPD test and flu shot.
Orientation. Once the candidate is officially cleared from their health screening and background check, an orientation session will be scheduled.
Positions Available for Adult Volunteers
The Auxiliary Hospitality House is a 24-room hotel that needs volunteers to help welcome guests and address requests, questions or concerns. You will also coordinate with housekeeping for check-in availability; communicate parking procedures to guests; call for shuttles when necessary; prepare coffee for guests; and accept deliveries.
The operating room’s (OR) waiting areas need volunteers to answer the phone; log patients’ family members in the OR; communicate patient updates to the family members; monitor the area to be sure a patient or visitor isn’t lost; and ensure the waiting room is orderly. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; however, the position can be split between volunteers.
The hospital’s front desk needs volunteers to greet visitors and monitor lobby activities; answer the phone; respond to visitor inquiries regarding patient location, phone number and condition; direct other inquiries and calls; provide assistance and directions to visitors and patients; call for transporter, valet, escort, or cab when necessary; and validate parking tickets.
The hospital's Gift Shop needs a special person to assist in general store operations. Various shifts available.
Click here to download and print a volunteer application.
Mail: Volunteer Services
c/o Pamela Wolf
3635 Vista Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
If you have additional questions, please call the Volunteer Services Department at 314-577-8500, Option #3.
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