The Volunteer Association is a diverse group of men and women who support the mission of Fairmont Regional Medical Center by providing voluntary services to patients and staff of the hospital, funds for purchase of equipment and other items that provide quality care, and opportunities to learn about the services and needs of the hospital and to communicate these to the community.
The Volunteer Association began in 1916 and there are currently 100 active volunteers. Orientation and on-the-job training by committee chairmen prepares each volunteer for work. Records of volunteer hours are kept and awards for service are given annually. There are currently nine volunteer placements available: patient transport, surgical services information desk, book mobile, courier, gift shop clerk, patient mail distribution, and staffing of two information centers in the hospital lobbies.
Teenagers from 13-18 may join the Volunteer Association as a VolunTEEN. VolunTEENs are provided with the opportunity to assist the organization in providing services to the hospital and community.
The Volunteer Association at Fairmont Regional Medical Center is one of the oldest established organizations existing in WV today since it traces its origins back to 1916 at Cook Hospital. The junior volunteer program goes back in time to the mid-1940s when the Fairmont Senior High School Girl Reserves, a branch of the YWCA, adopted the hospital as a service project and each member gave 2 hours a week as a Junior Aide….putting out fresh water, emptying bedpans, and rolling bandages. The young women wore blue pinafores with white ruffles down the sides.
This was prior to the start of a program called “Candy Stripers.” Where young women wore red and white striped pinafores and visited with patients, helped in admitting, combed hair, applied nail polish, distributed magazines, helped with patient mail and other duties. That program has grown into the program we now call VolunTEENs.
The Fairmont Regional Medical Center VolunTEEN program is a student oriented volunteer program that offers students the opportunity to learn about a variety of careers available in the healthcare field as well as the role of professionals and others in community health. A typical summer placement may offer students as many as 30 hours of career placement.
- Apply for and be selected by the Manager of the VolunTEEN program
- Have successfully completed the required orientation program
- Be neat and clean in appearance, dependable, responsible, possess good judgment and be in good health
- Enjoy working with people and get along well with others
- Be aware to accept the guidance and instruction of others
- Be able to spend approximately 3-4 hours per scheduled duty hours at the hospital
- Join the Volunteer Association
- Be between the ages of 13 and 18
Pastoral & Spiritual Care
Fairmont Regional Medical Center provides the Pastoral and Spiritual Care service to improve the spiritual health care of our community by providing appropriate religious coverage to patients and family members, physicians, hospital personnel, and staff in the most courteous, respectful, and caring manner.
Our Pastoral and Spiritual Care services coordinates and provides a full range of spiritual care coverage and religious programs that includes each major faith group and various denominations.
The Chapel is located on the 1st floor near the elevators.
Prayer requests can be dropped off in the prayer boxes located in the Chapel.
Fairmont Regional Medical Center Pastoral and Spiritual Care Services provide support to our patients through our Volunteer Clergy Program. Clergy who are active with local denominations or faith groups may apply for credentialing as a volunteer clergy at FRMC by completing an application and participating in a brief interview. Volunteer Clergy are trained, oriented, and provide services throughout the week. Services include being on-call or available to provide spiritual care to patients and family members as requested. Volunteer Clergy meet as a group from time to time to discuss various aspects of providing spiritual care and support to our patients.
- Upon request, chaplains will meet with employees and patients for individual sessions as may be required
- Spiritual support of patients, families and staff
- Crisis intervention/emergency calls
- Community presentations (seminars, worship, etc
- Distribution of Bibles and spiritual literature to patients
- Facilitation of Support Groups
- Liaison with community religious organizations
For more information on any of these services please contact:
Manager of Volunteer Services at (304) 367-7544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.