The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital
Have fun and make new friends while helping your community and Memorial Hospital. Join the men and women of the Auxiliary in Easton. Your ideas and energy are needed in many services and locations. Volunteers can be found throughout the hospital and in almost every department. The Auxiliary is a team of committed, enthusiastic, and creative volunteers who go a long way in assisting the hospital achieve its Mission.
VOLUNTEERING THE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AT EASTON
There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the hospital and offsite facilities. The availability of assignments varies and is based on the needs of each department.
The Auxiliary was established in 1947 at the suggestion of the Hospital Board and its staff, 15 civic minded women formed the nucleus of the then Junior Auxiliary. During the same year, units formed in Federalsburg and then joined the Central Group in Easton. On April 15, 1997, our name was changed to the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, MD., Inc. Auxilians have been instrumental in raising funds for many hospital projects.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer, please call the Auxiliary Office at (410) 822-1000 extension 5839 to register and someone will contact you to schedule an Information and Interview Session. Volunteers are required to serve a minimum of 60 hours per year.
Memorial Hospital volunteers are asked to give their time for regularly scheduled shifts which can be either 3 or 4 hours each. Volunteer assignments are based on the volunteer's interest and personal schedule and the hospital's needs.
The Auxiliary membership currently is approximately 300 men and women serving in many types of services. What kind of people Volunteer? Working people who find volunteer service a welcome change of pace; retired people who find being needed and wanted helps keep them healthy. All people who find volunteering is a gift to themselves as well as their community.
Patient Care Opportunities
- Volunteers act as receptionists and assist outpatients to the treatment areas, (Specific orientation required)
Diagnostic and Imaging Center
- Volunteers escort patients to the testing areas, provide gowning instructions and assistance to the desk receptionist. They also check patients out.
Digestive Health Center
- Volunteers monitor and assist patients before and after examinations.
Emergency Department Support Services
- Volunteers greet patients, prepare the patient flow sheet for the Triage nurse, assist patients' family and friends, and collect medical records.
- Volunteers use wheel chairs to transport patients within the hospital, as well as those who are being admitted or discharged from the hospital.
- The Hospital provides free blood pressure screening on specified days, two volunteers are needed for each shift. One Volunteer takes the patient's blood pressure while the other records the information and sends it to the patient's physician if required.
Patient Support Services
- Volunteers do hands-on service with patients as directed by hospital staff in various departments.
- Volunteers perform clerical duties such as answering phones, signing in patients, and notifying therapists of their presence, filing and photocopying, and aiding staff members as needed.
Same Day Surgery
- Volunteers greet patients, direct them to cubicles for clothing changes, store clothing in proper places, check weight and height, assist them on the stretchers, and transport patients to X-Ray; assist staff as needed.
- Volunteers assist the registrars by greeting patients that arrive to register for surgery, tests, in addition to other procedures. They also assist staff members.
- Volunteers set up the rooms and assist nurses when patients arrive from primary recovery and help patients as needed.
Shore Regional Breast Center
- Volunteers greet patients, direct them to waiting areas, escort hem to dressing rooms, provide gowning instructions, and perform some clerical duties. The most important responsibility is their listening and communication skills.
Wellness for Women
- Volunteers assist the program manager with clinical duties and clerical tasks, such as mailing letters to patients, and results to doctors, entering patient data into the computer, and taking care of preparation and follow-up for each patient's visit.
Non - Patient Care Opportunities
- Volunteers tend the altar, arrange fresh flowers and are responsible for the overall use, care and appearance of the chapel.
- Volunteers receive and price donated and or commission items, handles customer sales and performs all responsibilities similar to a retail establishment.
- Volunteers are responsible for sales and maintaining the Shop's attractive appearance. The Gift Shop is operated just like any retail store.
- Volunteers provide information on location and directions to various places in the hospital, issue visitor's passes, monitor the visitor's logs and direct problems or complaints to the appropriate hospital department. Volunteer must use computer for patient room locations. Delivers mail and flowers to patients.
- Volunteers distribute books and magazines weekly throughout the hospital waiting rooms and lobbies, as well as off-site facilities.
- Volunteers explain menu options and ordering process to patients and offer assistance in reading menus and placing calls for room service.
- Volunteers are supplied with yarn and they knit caps for newborn babies.
- Volunteers receive special training in procedures for assisting the pharmacy staff.
All members must pay annual dues of $7.50 per year in June. Members must be 18 years or older. All Volunteers, men and women, are required to wear Auxiliary uniforms and Shore Health System identification name badge. All new members will be trained in Shore Health and Auxiliary procedures before they become members of the Auxiliary. Members are required to have a special instruction on safety and emergency procedures. Volunteers must pledge confidentiality according to the HIPAA act of 1986 and are required to complete an annual review demonstrating knowledge of the safety and emergency procedures. An annual Tuberculin Skin test is also required.
Download your volunteer application and bring the completed form with you to the interview session.
AUXILIARY FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES
- A unique consignment /donation store (located on Federal Street) that features gently used, contemporary clothing for the entire family as well as household items. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
- The Auxiliary operates a gift shop (located on the first floor of the Hospital) which carries gift items, necessities, cards, toys, baby items, plush animals, jewelry, candy, flowers and much more. Hours of Operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. All proceeds from the gift shop sales go to the Hospital Auxiliary.
Tree of Lights
- This is an annual fund raising project. Commemorative lights are purchased by members of the community and displayed on a tree in front of the Hospital during the Christmas Holiday season.
Royalties from Cookbook, “Cooks Tour of the Eastern Shore”
Bridge Parties/Bake Sales
- Card and game parties are held annually as well as an annual bake sale. All baked goods sold are contributed by members of the Auxiliary.