Volunteer Programs


After interviewing and being accepted as a volunteer, you are placed according to South County Health's needs, your availability, and your interests.

Before you start, you must complete the Volunteer Services’ onboarding process, which includes a background screening, medical clearance, proof of influenza vaccinations, and other compliance documents. The onboarding process varies depending on whether you are an adult volunteer, student volunteer, or intern. There is also an orientation session for all new volunteers.

 

In order to volunteer at South County Hospital you must complete the following:

  • Attend an informational session, held at 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month in the Potter Conference Center at South County Hospital. Information sessions are not held in January or July.
  • Submit an application with references (a reference must not be from a family member)
  • Interview with the Volunteer Services Department
  • Submit appropriate onboarding documents
  • Complete online orientation
  • Serve a minimum of three to four hours each week for a minimum of six months (if you volunteer during the summer, you may serve a minimum of three to four hours twice a week for three months.)
  • If you are under age 18, submit a signed permission slip.
  • Adhere to uniform and dress code policy
  • Participate in a criminal background check, if over the age of 18

High school students have many volunteer opportunities at South County Hospital and are an important part of our volunteer team. Whether you're looking to gain experience in healthcare or give back to your community, you'll be performing interesting and meaningful work. We welcome Student Volunteers (age 16 or older) and Junior Volunteers (age 13 or older).

To be a Student Volunteer, you must:

In order to be a student volunteer at South County Hospital you must complete the following:

  • Attend an informational session, held at 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month in the Potter Conference Center at South County Hospital. Information sessions are not held in January or July.
  • Submit an application with references (a reference must not be from a family member)
  • Interview with the Volunteer Services Department
  • Submit appropriate onboarding documents
  • Complete online orientation
  • Serve a minimum of three to four hours each week for a minimum of six months
  • If you are under age 18, submit a signed permission slip.
  • Adhere to uniform and dress code policy
  • Participate in a criminal background check, if over the age of 18

To be a Junior Volunteer, you must:

Summer Volunteer Program
South County Hospital offers a Summer Volunteer Program for student and junior volunteers from June to August. Prospective volunteers can apply online and attend an informational session throughout the year to be considered for the program (informational sessions are not held in January). Applications will be accepted until June 1 and volunteer positions will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

South County Hospital offers limited internships in patient care and non-patient care areas. Students interested in pursuing an internship must receive course credit through a college, university or technical/training program. Internships typically involve a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week for the course of a semester.

Internship Opportunities


For acceptance into a program, please attend a Volunteer Services Department Information Session, held at 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month in the Potter Conference Center at South County Hospital. Information sessions are not held in January or July. After attending an Information Session, those interested in interning or volunteering should apply online and set up an interview. Internships are defined as work experience for course credit through a college, university or technical/ training program. These experiences usually involve a minimum of 10 hours per week in the hospital for the course of a semester.

If you are interested in applying for an internship at South County Health, please email Volunteer Services Department at nmccauley@southcountyhealth.org with the required information below and attach a copy of your resume. 

Required Internship Specifications

Please send the following to Nadine McCauley at nmccauley@southcountyhealth.org

  • Start and end dates of requested internship
  • Number of weekly hours you can commit
  • Course name and contact person
  • Subject/field of study
  • Overall learning objectives (specify 2)
  • Your resume
  • Number of credits

To consider your request we need all the following information within the timeframe specified

 Timelines for Internships:

 2018 Summer Semester
Submit internship specifications (see above) with resume by April 11, 2018
Placements will be finalized by May 16, 2018

2018 Fall Semester
Submit internship specifications (see above) and resume by July 25, 2018
Placements will be finalized by August 15, 2018

2019 Spring Semester
Submit internship specifications (see above) with resume by November 14, 2018
Placements will be finalized by December 19, 2018

If we have an internship that might suit your skills, interests and learning objectives, we will contact you to schedule an interview.  If you are not able to come for the interview during the summer, please make arrangements to do so before your summer break. Once you have been accepted as an intern at South County Health, you must complete the Intern Onboarding Checklist before you begin interning.

If you are looking for hospital-based experience for resume building or personal interest and college credit is not needed, you are welcome to view our Volunteer Opportunities and inquire during your interview.

 

The Auxiliary, a branch of Volunteer Services, works hard to promote South County Hospital through community fundraising events, including its annual Fashion Show held at the Dunes Club in Narragansett.  Since 1976, The Auxiliary has raised more than $1.5 million for Hospital services and equipment through fundraising events, staffing the Hospital's coffee shop and gift shop, and other special projects.  Some of the improvements made possible with the help of the Auxiliary include:

  • Updated laboratory equipment
  • Construction of the Emergency Department's nurses' station
  • A new wheelchair-accessible WAVE van
  • A monitoring system for the Emergency Department
  • Two televisions with DVDs for Ambulatory Care
  • New furniture for the Center for Women and Newborn Care Unit's waiting area
  • Cancer Resource rooms for patients
  • Upgrades to South County Hospital's Intensive Care Unit
  • Upgrades to Electronic Medical Records

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