Sparks Health System is looking for volunteers that are:
- Friendly, open and reliable
- Compassionate and sensitive to persons and families facing a life threatening illness
- Able to understand and adapt to different cultural, racial, sexual, spiritual and intellectual needs of a client and family members
- Must be at least 18 years old
By becoming a volunteer at Sparks Health System, you can enrich your life by making a difference in your community. The volunteers at Sparks graciously donate their time and energy into assisting our patients and staff. Depending on your interests and the needs of the facility, there are opportunities to volunteer in patient areas or in an office environment.
Being a volunteer at Sparks can provide you with a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.
There are many advantages to becoming a Volunteer at Sparks. Whether you are interested in giving back to the community, or would like to pursue a career in the medical field, you will have the opportunity to experience the health care field in a special way. Here is a list of some of the benefits we provide:
- Free Breakfast or Lunch daily (up to $6 value)
- Flu Shots
- Tuberculosis Screenings
- Recognition Luncheon
- Certificates for Hours Served
Caring Teen Summer Program
- Students 14 to 17 years of age
- Volunteer a minimum of 96 hours, maximum of 128 hours
- Must be available Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Caring Teen volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about careers in health care by serving in a variety of hospital departments, including but not limited to:
- Outpatient Surgery
- Information Desk
- Nursing Floors
- X Ray
- Sleep Lab
- Medical Imaging
- Assist patients and their families during times of need
- Offer skills and ministry to patients and family members
- Assist employees of Sparks who need help in coping with their personal crises
- Serve as a resource to the ministers of the community in the area of referral, training and information
- Provide patients access to their own ministers and spiritual resources
- Work with nursing staff in the Sparks baby nursery to nurture and care for newborn and premature babies
- Volunteers will be specially trained to handle, hold, rock, pat and occasionally feed hospitalized infants
- Provide a foundation of care by holding and soothing newborns
- Deliver magazines, crossword puzzles, books and Senior Extra information to patients
- Comfort and visit with the patients and families
- Respect patient rights and confidentiality
- Possess strong people and communication skills.
- Demonstrate positive caring attitude in a pleasant manner when interacting with visitors and families.
- Assist patients and nursing staff in the Intensive Care Units and surgery waiting areas
- Comfort anxious families
- Address visitors by name; show them where restrooms and telephones are located.
- Be prepared to give directions to cafeteria, gift Shop, Outtakes, vending, information desk and patient rooms.
- Notify family of upcoming patient transfer and give them the assigned room number.
- Greet patients and visitors to Sparks with a friendly “May I help you?”
- Sort mail alphabetically by wing and floor
- Give room numbers and directions to visitors
- Deliver mail and flowers to patients
- Take ice, juice and snacks to patients
- Read to patients
- Run errands for nurses and unit secretaries
- Pick up food trays and help patients clean up
- Clean/Organize unit specific areas
- Assemble charts
- Make copies and file for nursing managers
- Check on patients to see if they need anything
- Assist the Patient Experience/Volunteer Director and Volunteer Manager with clerical support
- Answer phones
- Data entry
- Assist with health fairs, Caring Teen Program, and any programs or events.
- Manage details in a busy and sometimes stressful environment
- Take direction and work independently
The Group of Representative Women was formed in 1887 in order to raise funds, help with nursing, and provide meals, supplies and linens for the hospital. They raised money by hosting flower shows, silver teas and linen showers. One of their greatest accomplishments was the building of a two-story Nurses Home in 1936 to the cost of $8,000. It was furnished and maintained by a group of women, called The Woman’s Board. Other contributions included purchasing the first oxygen tent, a modern sterilizer for surgery and in 1937 they joined The Young Ladies Guild to purchase the state’s first Iron Lung.
The Young Ladies Guild was organized in 1903 by twelve young girls who served the hospital by carrying cheer in the way of flowers, fruit, literature and sewing for the patients. They raised money to make improvements to the hospital, including painting the OR in 1916 and purchasing an x-ray machine in 1927. In 1953 The Guild opened the hospital’s gift shop, using proceeds to purchase operating tables, more x-ray machines, cardiac emergency suites and the chapel. In 1974 The Guild pledged $100,000 over seven years towards remodeling the refurnishing the infant and children’s wing. Over the years contributions have been made by The Guild for MRI machines, pediatric units, and the Nancy Orr Healing Garden. The Guild also provides free valet parking to patients and visitors and baby quilts for the nursery.
On April 10, 2013 Sparks Guild and The Woman’s Board voted to merge and become Sparks Auxiliary, and will carry on the legacy of proudly serving Sparks Health System.
For more information about volunteering at Sparks Regional Medical Center, please call (479) 441-5555 or click here to download our application.
For more information on becoming a member of the Sparks Auxiliary, please visit the Sparks Volunteer Services office at 1001 Towson Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901.