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At Southside Hospital, we are committed to serving our local community. Our volunteers help provide a caring and compassionate presence for our patients. From helping elderly patients with recreation to greeting patients and families, to soothing a sick child, our volunteers give of their time and themselves.
Become a Volunteer at Southside Hospital
We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities that can be customized to meet your needs and fit your schedule. Our volunteers are people from all walks of life who want to use their skills and talents while gaining the personal satisfaction of helping others.
Consider these benefits of volunteering:
- Lend a helping hand with warmth and compassion.
- Give the gift of self.
- Fulfill educational and personal pursuits.
- Investigate career possibilities.
- Make new friends.
The Junior Volunteer Program offers young people age 15 to 17 the opportunity to serve their community while learning about hospital career opportunities. Some area schools offer credit for volunteer or community service. Juniors may choose from many areas of hospital service.
Featured Volunteer Opportunities at Southside
Volunteers may choose from a broad range of activities, including those that provide patient contact and those that do not:
- Ambulatory Services Unit
- Clerical/Office Work
- Emergency Department
- Physical Therapy
- General Transportation
- Presurgical Testing
- Magazines and Books
- Gift Shop
- Reception Desk
- Surgical Lounge
- Feeding Program
- Born to Read
- Mended Hearts
- Friendly Visitor
Volunteer Requirements at Southside Hospital
Here are our requirements for volunteers. Please be aware that it may take 4 to 6 weeks to complete all of these components:
- Before the initial assignment is made, volunteers will be interviewed by the Volunteer Services Manager at Southside.
- All volunteers participate in an orientation program and receive training in their specific duties.
- Volunteers will also be required to complete an application, obtain medical clearance and have a background check.
- You must be able to volunteer a minimum of 150 hours per year.
Apply to Become a Volunteer
Find out how you can join our family of volunteers by calling Southside’s Volunteer Services office at (631) 968-3423. You can download and print all the necessary forms, including the application and health assessment, at:
Please note the following:
- Because of HIPAA regulations, we are not permitted to accept applications online.
- Please do not return your application via email.
- Please bring your application to Patient Information at the main entrance to the hospital.
For more information, please contact the Volunteer Services office at (631) 968-3423 or email [email protected]. We are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday - Friday.
We may not want to think about what's going to happen to our bodies after we die, so it can be hard to consider donating your organs and tissue. But, thousands of Americans die each year because there are not enough suitable donors. Being an organ or tissue donor is a generous, rewarding decision that can save many lives.
Become a Tissue and Organ Donor
When you become an organ donor, you donate life. Consider these facts from the New York Organ Donor Network (NYODN):
- More than 120,000 people nationwide are on the national waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant, including approximately 10,000 New Yorkers.
- Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the list.
- A single donor can save the lives of eight people through organ donation and improve the lives of up to 50 others with tissue donation.
Types of Tissue and Organ Donors
- Organ donation: The donation of an organ from an individual who has been declared brain dead. The organs are transplanted into individuals based on need through a national waiting list.
- Tissue donation: The donation of tissue (bone, eyes, fascia, heart valves and vessels) from an individual who has suffered cardiac or brain death.
- Living donation: The donation of organs from a living donor to an individual with a matching blood and/or tissue type.
- Consent for donation: An approval from the family of a organ or tissue donor to donate tissue and/or organs. Even if a patient has signed a donor card, the family still needs to consent.
Tissue and Organ Donation at Southside Hospital
Southside Hospital works with NYODN to facilitate tissue and organ transplants. Here are some ways that we’re helping improve donation rates in our region:
- We are a member of the Health Resource and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative.
- Through our Service Improvement Coordinating Group for Donation, representatives from all Northwell Health hospitals meet bi-monthly to share best practices in organ and tissue donation.
- Southside health care professionals have formed a Donor Council, a hospital-based group that is committed to donation initiatives.
- We provide ongoing education for physicians, nurses, ancillary hospital staff and the community about tissue and organ donation.