Volunteers at Woman’s enhance the work of trained personnel so that the employees may have more time for the technical jobs for which they are trained, thus increasing the efficiency of the hospital and broadening the services offered to the patient. No other department in the hospital provides similar services. Volunteers at every level provide uncompensated service throughout the hospital. The volunteer does not replace any paid employee. 

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Volunteer Teams, Areas, and Benefits Information

    • Core Group: Minimum commitment of 100 hours per year. Volunteers may work in any of the hospital areas listed above. Application and interview followed by a Human Resources review. Specific volunteer benefits are extended to this group.
    • CuddlersPlease note, our cuddler program is fully staffed at this time. Studies show that tactile stimulation such as massage, human touch, and cuddling can help improve weight gain in newborns, especially premature babies. The calming effects allow the baby to relax and focus its energy on growing and hopefully go home sooner. Babies in our NICU enjoy the warmth, tenderness and TLC of our volunteer "cuddlers." After passing a detailed screening process and undergoing special training, cuddlers calm and interact with premature babies, support families who can't be at the hospital, and assist the nursing staff in providing additional human touch. Cuddlers don't give medications, feed babies or walk around with them. They just hold them, rock them, read or sing songs to them, providing whatever stimulation the baby responds to best. When all the babies sleeping, the cuddlers sort and fold blankets, clothing and other laundered items used in the NICU.
    • College Students: Requires minimum commitment of 50 hours, two letters of recommendation from faculty/advisers, and an interview.
    • High School Volunteers: Woman’s has partnered with the Central Louisiana Health Education Center  (CLAHEC) for its A-HEC of a Summer Health Careers Volunteer Program.
      The A-HEC of a Summer program is an exciting opportunity for ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students with at least a 2.0 GPA who are interested in pursuing a healthcare career. These students are given a chance to explore different career opportunities in medicine by volunteering at local hospitals. During the fifteen-day period in June, students will rotate through various Woman’s Hospital departments and work with healthcare professionals. Participants will learn about a variety of healthcare fields, gain CPR certification, attend interactive workshops, and participate in field trips. The program is a state accredited elective course, and students earn ½ unit of high school elective credit upon successful completion of the program.
    • Geaux Strong Volunteers: Woman’s Hospital Therapy Department has a seasonal volunteer opportunity for any student (16+) who is a strong swimmer and likes to work with children.  Our Geaux Strong swim program volunteers “shadow” children ages 2-18 who have decreased strength, endurance and motor skills.  Our goal is to improve each participants ability to move or swim safely in a pool. Geaux Strong classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June and July. A training session is required in May. 
    • Information Desk: Volunteers greet patients and visitors, provide wayfinding information and escort patients to locations throughout the hospital.
    • Admitting: Volunteers greet patients and visitors and escort patients to locations throughout the hospital once they are admitted.
    • Surgical Care Unit/Same Day Surgery Center: Volunteers greet patients and visitors, escort patients to their rooms, provide information and directions, and act as the liaison between patients in surgery and family members in the waiting room.
    • Labor and Delivery: Volunteers answer phones, provide information and directions, escort patients to their rooms, and act as the liaison between patients in the Labor and Delivery unit and family members in the waiting room.
    • Advanced Imaging: Volunteers greet patients having diagnostic mammograms/breast biopsies/bone density tests/MRI and provide smocks and direction about changing rooms and lockers for personal items.  They maintain inventory on smocks and other patient supplies in the unit.
    • Gift Shops: Volunteers assist with selling, displaying and wrapping gift items, infant clothing, snacks, uniforms, candy and plants.
    • NICU: Cuddler volunteers calm and interact with premature babies, support families who can't be at the hospital, and assist the nursing staff in providing additional human touch. 
    • Cancer Pavilion: Volunteers offer warm blankets, snacks and beverages to cancer patients during their chemotherapy treatments.
    • Special Projects: Volunteers collate information booklets for new parents, assemble packets for breast biopsy patients, and a variety of other projects as needed.
    • Pediatric Aquatic Therapy: Geaux Strong is a seasonal program for children ages 2-18 with decreased strength, endurance and motor skills. Volunteers must be age 16+, strong swimmers and “shadow” children in the pool 3-6 feet deep.

    Certain benefits are extended to Woman's volunteers who actively volunteer a minimum of 100 hours per year, including:

    • Discount in the cafeteria, excluding the salad bar, frozen yogurt, cookies, muffin and fruit bars.
    • Discount in the gift shop, excluding candy/food, plants, magazines, books and sundry items.
    • Discount on mammograms.
    • Discount on monthly membership dues at the Fitness Club, excluding assessment fee.
    • Discount/free admission to classes and programs presented by Woman's.
    • Mandatory flu vaccination at no charge.
    • Mandatory two-step TB skin test at no charge.