Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
For more than a century, we have provided volunteer support services to patients and their loved ones. Our program offers diverse opportunities to support inpatient and outpatient care. You must be at least 15 years old to join the volunteer team.
Volunteer Services can provide the opportunity for you to apply your skills, knowledge, and time to assist patients and staff. Whether you are motivated to simply give back to the community, want to expose yourself to different health care careers, or seek to distinguish yourself from your peers, you will find the perfect, rewarding volunteer opportunity.
The first step to joining our volunteer program is attending volunteer orientation where you will learn about volunteer requirements, the application process, and what opportunities we have available.
To register for orientation, please call us at 877.737.4636.
1127 North Oakley Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60622
- Opportunity to give back to your community
- A meal is provided with four or more hours of daily volunteer service
- Exposure to health care career opportunities
- Opportunities to meet various health care professionals
- Free parking
- Potential mentorship opportunities
- Rewarding personal experience
- Annual recognition at volunteer luncheon
Placement Procedures and Orientation
The Volunteer Services Department collaborates with others throughout the hospital to regularly review needs for volunteers. Collectively, we review all applications and place volunteers in the appropriate departments based on needs and interest. Applicants are required to attend a brief orientation. At each orientation session, we explain our volunteer program, confirm availability, review interest and goals, as well as short- and long-term plans.
All applicants chosen to serve as volunteers will undergo a background check in conjunction with a third-party firm. Applicants are required to undergo a health screening, which is conducted by the Employee Health Department. For more information about the health screening, visit the Requirements and Expectations section.
After background and health clearance, we will make an appointment with you to complete an online orientation. Orientation takes four to eight hours to complete. Please allot one day to complete the orientation.
After completing the online orientation, Volunteer Services will contact you to confirm your placement and schedule.
Any person over the age of 15 may volunteer. Those between the ages of 15 and 17 will serve in the role of junior volunteers and will be required to complete the Junior Volunteer Services Application, which requires parental consent.
In maintaining our commitment to professionalism and providing patient-centered care, all volunteers must be well-groomed while on duty at the medical center. The following requirements are standard for all volunteers:
- Approved volunteer smock must be worn at all times
- Hair should be neat and clean
- Makeup and jewelry should be worn in moderation
- Facial or tongue piercing is not permitted
- Name badge must be worn at all times
- Jeans, halter tops, t-shirts, stretch pants and open-toed shoes are prohibited
- Specific departments may have further guidelines based on nature of the work
All volunteers are required to undergo a routine health screening and background check prior to a volunteer engagement. A Health Clearance Form, which is provided at orientation, must be completed by the volunteer (top portion) and his/her physician (bottom portion). If you have no record of vaccines or blood titers for immunity status to measels, mumps, rubella and chickenpox (or documented history of disease for chickenpox), these can be performed by Employee Health, along with a TB screening. A physician's signature is needed on the Health Clearance form stating that you are in good physical and mental health.
We will administer the TB test once you have been accepted as a volunteer. If the test is positive for TB, we will ask you to bring a copy of your most current X-ray report; we may require you to undergo additional screening. Please note that this additional screening is not included with your deposit or covered by Presence Health. Pertinent vaccination results can be submitted in lieu of required vaccinations.
Time and Tenure Commitment
We ask that all volunteers commit to a minimum of 100 hours. We offer summer volunteer opportunities to students.
If accepted as a PSMEMC volunteer, you will be asked to:
- Complete new volunteer orientation and additional on-the-job training
- Adhere to Presence Health's incoming volunteer medical and background pre-screening requirements
- Adhere to Presence Health's core values and mission