515 Main Street, Olean, New York 14760
(716) 373-2600

Olean General Hospital

volunteer opportunities

There are numerous volunteer opportunities at Olean General Hospital for people of all ages and abilities. From high school students looking to fulfill community service hours to retirees looking for new ways to help their neighbors, Olean General has volunteer options. For more information about any of the volunteer opportunities listed below, please contact our Volunteer Services Department at 716/375-6119.

  • VANGOGH  drivers and assistants 

    • There is one shift Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
      • Pick up patients who have no means of transportation and bring them to the hospital for appointments
      • Take patients back home from the hospital after appointments
  • Patient escort service

    • Assist patients to designated area
    • Answering and/or obtaining answers from questions asked

Patient Contact Areas:  (Requires physical completed in Occupational/ Wellness Department of the hospital)

  • Art cart program

    • Offer patients the opportunity to pick a picture for their room Interaction with patients gives you great satisfaction
    • Deliver gift shop items to visitors and patients
  • Compassionate companion

    • Volunteers and employees will extend caring concern to the patients and community of Olean General Hospital by providing a reassuring presence at the bedside of a dying patient who would otherwise be alone
    • Visit patients daily
  • Library cart

    • Deliver books, magazines to patient rooms and lobby areas
  • Mail delivery

    • Deliver mail to patients
  • Cheer wagon

  • Eucharistic ministers

  • Emergency Room

    • Assist the emergency room staff where directed
  • Nutrition

    • Deliver patient trays when asked to designated nursing station
  •  Pastoral care visitors

    • Visit all new patients
  • Runners

    • Work with various departments within the hospital by either delivering items or picking up items to be taken to another department
  • 2nd and 3rd floor patient areas

    • Read to patients
    • Feed patients
    • Play cards
    • Distribute crossword puzzles

Non-Patient Areas:  (no physical needed)

  • Accounts Payable

    • Assist the accounts payable staff where directed
    • Assist the business staff where directed
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

    • Assist the cardiac rehabilitation staff where directed
  • Charts

    • Assemble new patient charts and admission packets for: nursing floors, outpatient surgery, ambulatory surgery, cardiac rehabilitation, and clinic charts
    • Assemble patient education information packets for different departments: cardiac rehabilitation and diabetic packets
    • Assemble new employee information packets
  • Business office

  • Cardiopulmonary

    • Assist the cardiac rehabilitation staff where directed
  • Gift Shop

    • selling gifts, candy, papers, flowers, operate cash register, etc.
  • Hostess

    • greet family members of surgical patients in the waiting room.
  •  Human Resources

  • Laboratory

    • clerical
    • copying
  • Mail sort

    • Sort all postal mail and place in departments bins for pick-up
    • filing
    • copying
    • assembling new employee information packets
  • Medical Records

    • filing
    • copying
    • computer entry
    • purging files in medical record storage area
  • Phone committee

    • telephone workers during fundraisers
  • Radiology

    • filing
  • Sewing

    • repair items for the hospital
    • make boo-boo bears
    • make requests from departments ( i.e. valances for windows)

   Fundraising activities:        

  • Strawberry Festival
  • Jewelry Sales
  • Uniform Sales
  • Book Sales
  • Candy Sales
  • Dinner Dance
Holding Hands
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