Volunteering — Weill Cornell Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, a 862-bed hospital located in East Midtown, Manhattan, is one of the leading academic medical centers in the world, comprising the teaching hospital NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical College, the medical school of Cornell University. NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine, and is committed to excellence in patient care, education, research and community service. Weill Cornell physician-scientists have been responsible for many medical advances — including the development of the Pap test for cervical cancer; the synthesis of penicillin; the first successful embryo-biopsy pregnancy and birth in the U.S.; the first clinical trial for gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease; the first indication of bone marrow’s critical role in tumor growth; and, most recently, the world’s first successful use of deep brain stimulation to treat a minimally conscious brain-injured patient. Weill Cornell Medical College is the first U.S. medical college to offer a medical degree overseas and maintains a strong global presence in Austria, Brazil, Haiti, Tanzania, Turkey and Qatar.

NEW PROGRAM

Lipstick Angels

NYP is delighted to announce our partnership with Lipstick Angels, a non for profit organization that provides a wide range of support services including makeup application, hydrating facial treatments/skin care, and hand massages for adult cancer patients.  Lipstick Angels utilizes healthy beauty services and touch to restore, strengthen and protect the dignity, hope and self-respect of seriously ill patients undergoing debilitating treatments such as chemotherapy.  Specifically, they provide complementary, personalized one-on-one beauty and skin care services by professional makeup artists at the patient’s bedside or while they are receiving chemotherapy infusions, when they are at their most vulnerable.
 
For further information or interested in volunteering please refer to the links provided below.

http://www.lipstickangels.org/

http://www.lipstickangels.org/volunteer-application

The Lipstick Angels Story

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Patient Care Units

Burn Center — — Volunteers works directly with patients of all ages on a fast-paced Burn Intensive Care Unit. The main component of this program is to provide emotional support and basic assistance with activities of daily living. Tasks include: friendly visits with patients, ambulation and mealtime assistance, general and recreational assistance, interacting and engaging with patient visitors, assisting clinical staff in general duties on units. Pediatric patients are on this unit so experience with children is a plus.

Must be 18 years of age or older

Available daily 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Cardiac Care Units — — Volunteers works directly with patients of all ages affected by various cardiac conditions. The main component of the program is to provide emotional support and basic assistance with activities of daily living. Tasks include: friendly visits with patients, ambulation and mealtime assistance, general and recreational assistance, interacting and engaging with patient visitors, assisting clinical staff in general duties on units.

Available daily 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Child Life (Pediatrics) — — Help ease the fears of children facing hospital stays by offering support and guidance to them and their families. Assist staff in one of the many therapeutic playrooms or at bedside in the hospital. Outpatient areas also available. Volunteers work with children and adolescents on activities such as arts and crafts, writing, reading, helping with schoolwork and playing games. It is preferable to have experience working or volunteering with children.

Must be 18 years of age or older

Available daily 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Limited evening and weekend opportunities available

Emergency Department (ED) — — The volunteer role in the ED is to add a personal dimension of compassion to patients and their families enhance the quality of care and assist the staff as needed in the delivery of care. The volunteer can have a significant impact on the individual’s perception of the ED and hospital experience by consistently offering support. Through communication and the use of problem solving techniques, the volunteer can change what might otherwise be perceived as an impersonal environment, to one of compassion and concern. Volunteers also provide an invaluable service by supporting the ED staff.

Available daily all hours

General Medical/Surgical Units — Volunteers on these units assist adult patient populations.  Patients are receiving pre- and post-operative care or are being treated for a variety of ongoing medical conditions. Volunteers provide emotional support and basic assistance with activities of daily living. Tasks include: friendly visits with patients, ambulation and mealtime assistance, general and recreational assistance, interacting and engaging with patient visitors, assisting clinical staff in general duties on units.

Available daily with flexible hours

Geriatric Unit — Volunteers assist elderly patients on the Acute Care for Elders unit. Volunteers are valued members of the geriatric care team. In this distinctive role volunteers are trained to assist the care team in achieving the goals of care for patients and offer a sense of continuity to patients and families. The volunteers provide therapeutic activities and conversation to mentally and socially stimulate appropriate patients. Also able to assist with patient mobilization and with meal assistance by providing encouragement and helping with tray set-up.

Must be 18 years of age or older

Maternity —Volunteers round on expectant and new mothers to assess their needs and to provide a warm welcoming environment. Volunteers may do hourly rounding including the waiting room area and triage areas for those in labor, provide friendly visits for ante and post-partum mothers and their families, bring supplies to the families, and assist the unit with various other tasks.

Available daily 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Neurology — Volunteers work directly with adult patients afflicted with various neurological conditions including multiple sclerosis, strokes, epilepsy, migraines, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, and neurology post-surgical. The main component of the program is to provide emotional support and basic assistance with activities of daily living. Tasks include friendly visits, acting as liaisons for the patients, mobilization and mealtime assistance, and conducting recreational activities.

Available daily 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Oncology — Volunteers spend their time visiting adult inpatient oncology patients providing emotional support and compassion. The program offers a variety of resources for volunteers to provide and engage patients. Tasks include friendly visits, acting as liaisons for the patients, mobilization and mealtime assistance, and conducting recreational activities.

Available daily 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Rehabilitation Nursing — Baker 17 is a 22-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. The patient population consists of those who are in need of extensive daily physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Volunteers make hourly safety rounds in patient rooms and assist nursing staff with basic activities.

Available daily 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM; 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Rehabilitation Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy — The volunteers main function in these areas is to assist the therapists with assigned tasks, focusing on a positive experience for our patients.  Volunteers will be asked to help the therapist with patient activities, perform clerical roles, prep or clean treatment areas, and retrieve or store linens for patient use. 

Available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Surgical Units — Volunteers works directly with patients of all ages on fast-paced post-surgical units. The main component of the program is to provide emotional support and basic assistance with activities of daily living. Tasks include: friendly visits with patients, ambulation and mealtime assistance, general and recreational assistance, interacting and engaging with patient visitors, assisting clinical staff in general duties on units.

Four units available: Post-Surgical, Ortho, Vascular, GI

Must be 18 years of age or older

Available daily 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Assisting Our Patients

Comfort Zone — The Comfort Zone provides a special quiet zone for adult family members to “recharge” as they wait for news of a loved one in surgery or other procedures. The volunteers offer a listening ear and educational materials.

Available Monday through Friday, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Patient Escort Services — Volunteers partner with our hospital Patient Escort staff, escorting patients throughout various areas on the hospital and at the point of discharge. Through their involvement they are able to provide valuable support to patients with positive interactions.

Available daily all hours

Available daily 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Hospitality Volunteer — The Hospitality Volunteer will assist the Environmental  Services Team by maintaining a clean and safe environment for our patients.  Volunteers will round on all inpatient units, interacting with each patient, surveying the patient care area for any potential issues, addressing patient needs and concerns in regards to their environment.  The volunteer will follow up with the appropriate staff to address and resolve these issues.

Available daily 12:00 PM -8:00 PM

Information Desk — Volunteers provide information to patients and all visitors at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. They will answer all patient/visitor inquiries regarding both in-patient and outpatient services. Answer phones and call departments as needed. Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Training provided.

Available daily 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

The NYP Guide Program — The NYP Guide Program is a program designed to assist patients and visitors with navigating the hospital. Volunteers can reduce the stress a patient or visitor faces by providing a positive interaction. Volunteers help by offering directions either verbally or assisting patients and visitors to their destination. Training provided. Position does require that volunteer be able to stand for a period of time greeting and escorting patients and guests.

Available daily 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Surgical Waiting Room Liaison — Volunteers act as a liaison between staff and family members in the waiting area outside the operating rooms. Keep families informed of patient status and be able to relay information in a professional and compassionate manner. Volunteers will accompany family members to the recovery room to visit the patient following surgery. Strong communication and customer service skills are required.

Available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition Opportunities — Our Food and Nutrition team utilizes volunteers in a variety of areas throughout the hospital.  Volunteers may assist on our Amenities Unit, Kitchen or medical units, partnering with staff in daily set up and preparations.  Through setting up food trays, delivering meals, menu review, and kitchen inventory preparation, volunteers will strive to make the patient experience a positive one. Volunteers may also assist with the Oncology Snack Cart, socializing with patients while providing an array of treats. Opportunities also include Catering, where volunteers learn to prepare, set up and break down serviced foods, and execute preparations in a specific time frame. Volunteers must be organized, exercise customer service skills, and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Available daily with flexible hours

Milkshake Program — Volunteers prepare and serve milkshakes to oncology patients in an inpatient setting. Training is provided by hospital nutrition staff.

Must be 21 years of age or older

Must be available Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Additional Opportunities

Clerical Volunteers —  Provide clerical support to hospital staff in various departments. Volunteers play an important role in assisting in the efficient function of our hospital departments. Tasks include filing, faxing, answering phones, data entry and typing. Knowledge of the computer is helpful but not required.  Opportunities are available in different settings such as the main hospital, clinical and our medical practices.

Available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

NYP Paws for Patients — NYP Paws for Patients allows volunteers, whose dogs are qualified with an approved organization, to engage with patients and staff throughout the hospital. Must be 18 years or older to participate and able to commit to at least two visits per month.

Available daily 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Note:
It is expected that all volunteers observe and respect the policies and procedures of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at all times. Volunteering on a weekly basis is a big responsibility. Please make sure this is a good time in your life to make such a commitment.