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Saint Francis-Bartlett Summer Volunteen Program Touts Healthcare Field to Students, Provides Opportunity to Give Back

Oct 15, 2019

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett is pleased to expand its summer “Volunteen” program, which provides opportunities for rising juniors and seniors to gain exposure to the field of healthcare while also giving back through volunteerism at the hospital.

The program is in its second year and has expanded this year. Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett volunteer services and community outreach manager, Sharon Fryman, works with guidance counselors among the area’s high schools as well as HOSA programs, Future Health Professionals formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America, in order to promote the program.

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Following a multi-tiered selection process, chosen volunteens must commit to being available to volunteer six weeks out of an eight-week period over the summer, two four-hour shifts per week. One shift each week is spent shadowing a clinician or physician and the other shift is devoted to volunteer service in the same respective area. The rotation, which affords the students exposure to various departments within the hospital, include surgery, lab and respiratory, among others.

Volunteens must undergo a physical, including tuberculosis test as well as a background check. Following an extensive orientation process lasting two and a half days, which includes customer service training, HIPPA compliance, infectious disease training and more, the volunteens begin their rotations. 

According to Fryman, “The program is a win-win for students and the hospital. We are extremely pleased in our second year to have received nearly 30 applications. The program goes a long way toward exposing students to the healthcare industry in a variety of capacities and hopefully building the next generation of our medical professionals.”

“Over the course of this summer, I have had a blast working with great people at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett,” said Taylor Platt, volunteen and rising junior at Arlington High School. “Seeing the side of a hospital that the patients don’t usually see gives you a different perspective. It helps you appreciate all the effort and hard work that they put in to help patients. Also, the experience I’ve gotten from volunteering at the hospital has helped me in my decision on what path I want to take in the future.

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