According to the Fulton County Hospital volunteers group, "FCH depends on volunteers to provide assistance for the patients, their families and hospital staff. Whether you're a retiree wanting to give back to the community, a student hoping to fulfill a service requirement or just have a simple desire to help others during your free time, there's a wide array of opportunities at FCH."
"The hospital board is wanting to motivate people to become volunteers," Pam Johnson, volunteer coordinator said. "Right now, we have three volunteers. We need to get the word out."
"If (the hospital) gives me a job, I usually try to promote it the best I can," Johnson said.
Hospital volunteer Avis Romine has been a hospital volunteer since before the volunteer program started developing within the last few months. She's been volunteering for about two years at the hospital. She said volunteering at the hospital is very rewarding. "When you walk into a room (the patients) just light up," Romine said.
"She (Romine) took it upon herself to volunteer," Carla Cash, admissions supervisor said. "She works the floor almost in the capacity of an aid."
"(Volunteering) is just a tender spot in my heart," Romine said.
"A lot of our patients are geriatrics," Johnson said. She said these patients hate being alone and always enjoy some kind of company.
Volunteers also try to comfort those who have loved ones in the hospital. Marylyn Fineran, another volunteer at the hospital recently made small crosses inside little pockets for anyone who needs them. She said it always helps for people to have hope.
Hospital volunteers also do their part in the general community. At Halloween, the volunteers gave out candy to trick-or-treaters and gave away a bike to raise money for the volunteer program. The volunteers have another fundraiser coming up Nov. 14 and 17 in the new emergency waiting area. They will have a jewelry sale with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the hospital volunteer organization. They will be taking orders for Park Lane jewelry. Some of the jewelry will be on display so customers will have an idea of what to order. The hours for the fundraiser are Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Nov. 17, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Romine said being able to bring joy into people's lives is so rewarding that, "I don't understand why half the town doesn't (volunteer at the hospital)."
Those who want to volunteer at the hospital must be at least 14 years of age. Fourteen-year-olds have to have their parent's consent.
All candidates for volunteering have to have a current TB skin test, go through hospital orientation, follow all hospital policies and procedures and undergo a criminal background check. High school students have to provide two letters of recommendation on letterhead from their teachers.
All hospital volunteers are asked to volunteer for at least one three-hour shift on the same day and time of the week. Weekday, evening and weekend shifts are available.
For more information on how to become a hospital volunteer, contact Pam Johnson at 895-2691.