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Volunteer Services

Volunteer Opportunities at LeConte Medical Center

 

LeConte Medical Center Volunteer Services 
Our Mission:
To serve the community by improving the quality of life through better health.

  
 Patient Room at LeConte Medical Center
   
 ICU Waiting Area
A highly dedicated group of men, women and young people are the heart of our volunteer program. These caring individuals contribute their time and talents to assist the hospital staff with needed tasks at LeConte Medical Center in the following areas:
  • Clerical Assignments: Assisting departments with duties such as answering the phone, typing, etc.
  • Discharge Patient Phone Calls: Phone calls following up with patients after they have been discharged from the hospital to see how they are doing.
  • Facility Support Services (Engineering Dept): Assisting department employees with completion of facility work orders.
  • Food Services: Assisting the kitchen with patient tray preparation, serving in food line.
  • Fundraising events: Working with local vendors to organize on-site fundraising events to benefit the volunteers, also includes working on annual fundraisers such as bake sales and Touch of Class.
  • Gift Shop: Assisting customers shopping in the Gift Shop. The Shop is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Includes working the computer (POS system), and working with money.
  • Information Desk: Assisting guests with information (such as directions, patient information, etc.), escorting guests to destinations throughout the facility.
  • Nursing Home: Working with the residents at Fort Sanders Sevier Nursing Home (across the street from the Medical Center), providing company, assistance with activities, assistance during meal time, and much more!
  • Outpatient Surgery Desk: Working at the reception desk in the outpatient surgery lounge, assisting patients and family members throughout their surgical experience. Includes answering phones, giving instructions, etc.
  • Registration Desk: Working with Registration staff to input patient information into computer system.
  • Thrift Shop: Located off-site at 441 Parkway in Sevierville, Thrift Shop volunteers service customers, and process all incoming donations.
  • Thompson Cancer Survival Center - Sevier
  • Other exciting opportunities! 
Requirements to Volunteer at LeConte Medical Center
  • Commitment of 4 hours a week or more, for at least 1 year of service.
  • Customer-service oriented attitude, with the desire to provide service to the community.
  • Successful background check and drug screen.
  • Completion of orientation program (1/2 day orientation session, 1 1/4 hour Integrity Video).
Volunteer benefits include:
  • A free meal for every day (4 hour shift in a day) worked
  • Free annual TB skin test & flu shot.
  • 10% gift shop discount
  • Annual celebrations!
Becoming a Volunteer
If you are interested in joining our adult volunteer team (over the age of 18), and are willing to commit at least 4 hours of service a week, for at least a year, complete our online application.

Training Available to Hospital Volunteers

  • Wheelchair training provided by Imaging staff for volunteers using wheelchairs during their normal assignment.
  • Discharge call training provided by Covenant staff & volunteers.
  • Department-specific training provided by individual departments.
  • Phone Etiquette.   
Annual education days and orientation cover:
    • HIPAA/Integrity training, Risk Management, Infection Control, Policy Updates, Dress Code, Safety (including emergency codes, etc.), and Security.
    • HIPAA/Privacy policeis and Social Media policy.
    • The Volunteers are actively involved in fundraising projects for our Scholarship Fund that assists students wishing to pursue a medical career; and to fulfill our pledge to the capital campaign for LeConte Medical Center.
History
  • The Pink Ladies/Auxillary formed in 1966 (Sevier County Hospital). Volunteer Gift Shop opened in 1985. In the 2000s the volunteers became a department of LeConte Medical Center, and no longer serve as an auxillary model.
Research demonstrates that volunteering leads to better health.  Come Volunteer with us! For additional information, contact the Volunteer Office at 865.446.8406 or apply online.



Junior Volunteers (under the age of 18)
Unless you are a student in a supported high school program, LeConte only accepts new Junior Volunteers for the summer months. Once a teenager has worked a full summer at LeConte, they are eligible to continue volunteering during the school year. Unfortunately, due to limited supervision on evenings and weekends, placement for active Junior Volunteers during the school year is VERY limited.

The deadline for summer 2014 applications was April 11, 2014.

Criteria for New and Returning summer Junior Volunteers
  • 14 – 17 years of age by May 1 of the current year.
  • Completed and returned application before annual deadline stated.
  • Completed and returned reference from school counselor or teacher
  • Parental Consent
  • Provide up-to-date immunization records
  • Make and maintain A/B Grades.
  • Commit to a minimum of 6 weeks of service during the summer, minimum of 4 hours each week.
  • Successful drug screen completed (over the age 16) with parental consent.
  • Completion of mandatory orientation session (2 will be offered each summer).
  • A positive, service-oriented attitude, with the desire to provide service to your community.