Volunteer Services at Swedish Medical Center
Thank you for your interest in Swedish Medical Center's Volunteer Program. Our dedicated volunteers are valued members of our Swedish health care team and are an integral part of providing exemplary care to our patients and visitors.
Exciting Volunteer Opportunities at Swedish!
At Swedish, our patients come first! Swedish Medical Center's Volunteer Service department proudly affords unique volunteer opportunities within our facility consisting of, but not limited to: Patient Ambassadors and Escorts, Level 1 Trauma Main Campus Emergency Room and South West Emergency Room Patient Visitation, American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center, Auxiliary Retail Gift Gallery and Second Chance Shoppe, No One Dies Alone Patient Vigil program and Animal Assisted Therapy with Denver Pet Partners. All volunteer positions are non-clinical and placement is contingent on applicant interests and the needs of Swedish Medical Center.
Patient Ambassadors/Escorts and Patient Visitation: At Swedish, our patients come first! Our dedicated volunteers are valued members of the Swedish health care team and are integral in delivering clinical excellence and exceptional service. These essential volunteers are committed to ensuring all patients and guests are welcomed at Swedish! As our most valued volunteer positions, Ambassadors escort patients and visitors to their destinations and Patient Visitation Volunteers spend time conversing with patients who could benefit most from a visit. A commitment to service excellence and a desire to be of exceptional assistance to our patients and visitors is a must for these positions. Physical requirements: the ability to walk, stand and sit for extended periods of time.
Level 1 Trauma Emergency Room: Swedish Medical Center has the expertise and experience to treat emergency patients with the most complicated illnesses and injuries at our Englewood location as well as our Littleton Southwest Emergency Room. Our experts treat more than 54,000 patients annually, and our volunteers are an integral part of the process. Working with our ER personnel in non-clinical capacities, our volunteers enhance patients' visits. Volunteer positions are available 7 days/week 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cancer Resource Center: Swedish’ s Cancer Resource Center in Denver offers a one-stop comprehensive resource for cancer patients and their families to receive information and assistance. Our Center is associated with the American Cancer Society, and is operated by staff and volunteers trained to assist individuals in finding and obtaining cancer resources, including appointment management, chaplaincy services, educational and emotional support services, Integrated Health Services (acupuncture, massage), nutritional and palliative care services, wigs, and social work services and support groups. Immediate volunteer positions are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact us now to be a part of this exciting program and help make a difference in a cancer patient's life!
Multi-Trauma Unit Meal Pals: Looking for a very rewarding and personal patient – volunteer experience? Consider volunteering on our Multi-Trauma unit in our "Meal Pals" patient program by providing feeding assistance and companionship for patients recovering from a spinal cord or brain injury. For many of these patients, meal time is one of the most important and rewarding aspect of their days. Patients view this as a special time to visit, relax and enjoy their meals; additionally, receiving adequate nutrition and finishing a meal is essential. Working concurrently with our Multi-Trauma nursing staff, volunteers would receive contact precaution and feeding assistance training to make the most out of this unique and fulfilling patient experience.
Animal Assisted Therapy at Swedish: Animals enrich our lives. Denver Pet Partners enhances lives and promotes the human-animal bond through animal assisted patient visitation therapy at Swedish through trained Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) handler teams. Are you and your pet interested in becoming Animal Assisted Therapy volunteers at Swedish? Visit Denver Pet Partners online or email Diana McQuarrie, Executive Director and Swedish Team Lead, for more information.
Chaplain Volunteer: Do you have a heart to serve others during a crisis situation? If so, consider becoming a Chaplain Volunteer. At Swedish, our Chaplaincy team works directly with patients and their families dealing with life altering situations and diagnoses. They are here to provide support, comfort and faith during these difficult and stressful times. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to do routine visits and respond to emergencies when a Chaplain is needed. This position is primarily for weekday evenings beginning at 4 p.m. and volunteers must be on-call overnight during the week for emergencies. Candidates must be able to volunteer at least once a month and there is no limit to how many times a month you can sign up. To apply, please contact our Director of Chaplaincy, Dean Dyk.
Volunteer placement is determined by the interest, skills and availability of prospective candidates and the needs of Swedish Medical Center.
The mission of Swedish Medical Center is to provide compassionate, high quality patient care that meets the caring and cost effective expectations of our patients, physicians, employees and volunteers, and to preserve and strengthen the Swedish tradition of community service.
Offering memorable care is inherent to our culture. Our goal is to create a culture of excellence in which we aspire to be the best at delivering clinical care and exceptional service, while fostering an environment that satisfies and even exceeds the expectations of our patients, employees and physicians. By doing so, we believe we will create a "positive, memorable experience" for all those who come into contact with Swedish—most importantly, for our patients who entrust us with their care.
Volunteering at Swedish
You've already taken an important step by inquiring about our volunteer opportunities.
If you would like to join our volunteer team, please complete an application and return it to the Volunteer Service Office for processing. Please note that all volunteers must complete and clear a background check facilitated by our human resource department before volunteering.
We also require our adult volunteers, ages 18 and older, and junior volunteers, students ages 14 to 18, to make a minimum six month commitment, four hours per week. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at 303-788-6560, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or email Stacey Boyd, director of volunteer services or Tishah Best-Fish, volunteer coordinator.
Thank you again for choosing Swedish for your volunteer experience!