Program offers teens chances to volunteer

August 28, 2007
The junior volunteer programs at New Hanover Regional Medical Center are designed to offer local teenagers a meaningful and valuable learning experience by volunteering in a thriving hospital environment. The students have the opportunity to explore various health care careers and participate in educational opportunities. NHRMC offers a year-round Junior Volunteer program for teenagers, including summer, vacation times and Saturdays during the school year. Opportunities are available for between 100-125 teenagers per year, geared toward education and careers in health care. During the summer, education sessions give teenagers hands-on experience and lectures about various careers in a hospital setting, including Nursing, Rehabilitation, Mental Health, Laboratory, Imaging and an overview of Healthcare Careers and College Prep Requirements. NHRMC also provides preceptor programs and partnerships with the middle and high schools in New Hanover and Brunswick counties. Programs for the Occupational Prep III Skills classes and other Service Learning Programs are offered year-round. These programs allow the students to volunteer during the school day, three to four days a week, and provides them job skills and credit towards their high school graduation. The “Schools to Work Transition Program” with DC Virgo Middle School is for eighth grade students, who are matched with a mentor and volunteer two days per week in various areas of the medical center. New Hanover Regional Medical Center has hosted this program for four years. This program is grant funded with General Electric and a partnership with New Hanover County Schools. The North Carolina Society of Hospital Volunteers has honored two of New Hanover Regional Medical Center's Junior Volunteer programs. In 2004, the NHRMC Preceptor Program was named “Project of the Year” in the Educational-related category, and in 2006 the “D.C. Virgo Schools to Work Transitions Program” won the same award. The NHRMC Auxiliary sponsors two $1,000 college scholarships for junior volunteers, who are chosen based on their volunteer hours and other merit criteria. The 2007 scholarship recipients were Stefanie Martina and Amber Bartley. Both students volunteered their entire four years in high school. Stefanie attended Hoggard High School and has accumulated more than 200 volunteer hours. She has been accepted to UNC-Chapel Hill to pursue a Biology/Pre-Med Degree. Amber attended Ashley High School and has accumulated more than 300 volunteer hours. She has been accepted to East Carolina University and plans to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. For additional information on the Junior Volunteer Programs at NHRMC, go to www.nhrmc.org and click on “Volunteer” or contact Michelle Hern, Volunteer Coordinator, Junior & College Programs at 343.7704 or email michelle.hern@nhhn.org. The next orientation will be held on Saturday, September 8, and you must complete an application before you can attend orientation.

NHRMC Volunteers

  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center has more than 700 active volunteers, including 107 Junior and 77 College volunteers
  • Between October 1, 2006 and July 31, 2007 volunteers worked a total of 97,581 hours at all NHRMC sites
  • Junior Volunteers primarily work with patient discharge and flower and mail delivery
  • After gaining experience, Junior Volunteers have opportunities to provide patient transport services and work more closely with staff in patient settings.