A total of 40 local teens participated in the 2018 MDH Volunteen Program, which provides working experience in 17 different departments throughout McDonough District Hospital.
The teens completed a total of 691 volunteer hours in departments such as: Acute Care/ICU, Emergency Services, Family Clinic, Food Services, Foundation, Obstetrics, Radiology, Reception Desk-Front Lobby, Service Excellence, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services, Staff Development, Storeroom, Patient Financial Services, and Volunteer Services.
“Volunteering at MDH is very rewarding for teens. They serve others and have the opportunity to make new friends, network with medical professionals, develop self-esteem, and create meaningful memories. Plus, our patients’ lives are deepened through the energy and compassion of our Volunteens,” shared MDH Volunteer Coordinator Meagan Wohlfeil.
The Volunteen Program works to enhance the community youth by providing opportunities for personal growth and development. The program runs every summer throughout June and July, and looks for responsible teens, age 13 and over, to help volunteer up to 8 hours per week at MDH.
“Being a part of this program isn’t just about providing services at MDH and learning about careers in healthcare – it is also about the new skills a teen can learn from volunteering. These skills can often be used anywhere in their future endeavors, skills such as: communication, customer service, organization, time management, and the list goes on. Many Volunteens come to us without having previous work experience, but the skill sets and experiences they acquire here can help build resumes for jobs and college applications” said Meagan Wohlfeil.
Application packets are available each year starting April 1 online at www.MDH.org.