Iredell Health System is delighted to announce the return of the volunteers to Iredell Memorial Hospital, two years after their last visit to the facility due to COVID-19 safety protocols.
As COVID hospitalizations continued to decline, Iredell Health System leaders decided it was once again safe to allow volunteers to return to the hospital campus.
“We missed our volunteers a lot. They are such an integral part of our Iredell family, and when they’re not there, it’s like a part of us is missing. It’s good to see them again and feel together again,” said Jed Pidcock, Director of Patient Experience.
Volunteers have provided services at Iredell Memorial Hospital since 1954 and continue to be a vital asset to patients, family, visitors and staff.
Before the pandemic, Iredell Memorial Hospital had 60 volunteers. Today, that number is down to 20. However, volunteers are an integral part of the hospital, helping staff and bringing smiles to patients’ faces. They are invaluable to the daily operations of Iredell Memorial.
“Major differences can be seen when volunteers work in the hospital. They ease the discomfort of visitors and patients entering the facility with their friendly and warm greetings,” said Brian Sutton, President of Iredell Health System Volunteers.
“Seeing friends and neighbors in the community helps alleviate some of the patient anxiety and fear. It helps people see the hospital as a commonplace,” Pidcock added.
Volunteers also help alleviate staff overload by delivering needed materials and supplies from department to department. Additionally, in many areas, they help answer the phone when staff members are attending to patients, giving the caller a more immediate response to their questions or concerns.
Volunteers also deliver flowers, cards and electronic messages to patient rooms, direct visitors and comfort families in waiting rooms.
“Volunteers serve as ‘encouragement’ to patients and staff. Often just listening will put a smile on a patient’s face,” Sutton said.
Would you like to sign up?
If you want to support your local hospital and make a difference in the lives of others, Iredell Health System is looking for volunteers to join their team. Becoming a volunteer will give you the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and contribute to your community.
Iredell Health System works with each volunteer to find a service that will be both enjoyable and rewarding for that person.
To become a volunteer, you must be 18 years of age or older. Iredell Health System also offers a junior volunteer program for 16 and 17 year olds.
Most volunteers work a four-hour shift once a week, but this is not a requirement. Any time given is greatly appreciated and beneficial to the organization.
In addition to the fulfilling work of being a volunteer, volunteers also receive the following benefits:
- Free meal during your service and a free drink during your break.
- Free flu shot in the fall.
- Wellness blood test for $25 per year after working for one year.
- A special banquet in the spring (depending on COVID).
- Service pins every 1000 operating hours.
In addition to volunteers, Iredell Health System is also looking for people to join its Patient and Family Council.
For more information or to apply to volunteer, call Jed Pidcock at 704-873-5661 or complete and submit an application from the website listed below.
Please send your volunteer application to Jed Pidock, Iredell Health System, PO Box 1828, Statesville, NC 28687.
“Volunteering is not just about providing help to staff and patients, it is a fulfilling activity reflected in the smiles and comments of appreciation received. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to our community. All of our volunteers have felt a sense of loss during the pandemic and now look forward to serving again,” Sutton said.