In partnership with Durham Regional Hospital staff and physicians, volunteers provide their time and talents—improving the hospital experience for our patients and the community we serve.
This dedicated group works in direct and indirect patient care areas. Volunteers like Ron Fochler (pictured at right) escort patients and visitors, discharge patients, work in the gift shop, answer calls at the Information Desk, provide patients with reading materials, deliver e-cards and assist various departments with clerical needs such as collecting files and stuffing patient information packets.
Volunteers also work as unit navigators, working directly with staff to improve a patient’s experience while at the hospital. Unit navigators are available to conduct comfort rounds to see if patients have concerns with room temperature, amenities or noise. They offer blankets, pillows, beverages or snacks and assist staff with administrative duties including answering calls, restocking inventory or monitoring waiting rooms.
In addition to our dedicated group of adult volunteers, Durham Regional welcomes teenagers into its junior volunteer program each summer. For eight weeks, junior volunteers interact with healthcare professionals and learn in a medical environment.
Do you know family or friends who would like to volunteer at Durham Regional? Call 919-470-6527, or visit durhamregional.org and download an application.