Some area teenagers were busy this summer. Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from across the county dedicated their summer break to volunteering at Northern Hospital of Surry County. Fifty-eight Junior Volunteers filled the hospital hallways throughout June, July and August logging 3,037 hours.
More than 100 applications were received this year to fill the available slots for the annual program. Unfortunately the hospital cannot accommodate an unlimited amount of students in the program so Volunteer Coordinator Tina Beasley is tasked with combing through the applications, essays, recommendation letters, and interviews to narrow the pool.
“Beginning in January, we send out applications to all area high schools seeking junior volunteers,” said Beasley. “After applications are received, we begin working with all the hospital departments to determine opportunities available. We want our juniors to have a truly worthwhile experience.”
Juniors work in almost every area of the hospital including surgery, emergency, security, skilled nursing, information systems, birthing center, intensive care, entry reception areas, and assisted in materials management working with hospital-wide supplies and mail. This year, first time, juniors were able to assist within many of the hospital-owned physician practices.
“They are like a breath of fresh air,” comments long-time Volunteer Wayne Burton. “We look forward every summer to the young people. Each year we have new faces and some familiar, to help us ‘senior’ volunteers throughout the hospital. They are always excited and eager to learn.”
“Tina Beasley has helped create so many wonderful opportunities for the students,” praised Tammy Whitt, Health Science Educator with Mount Airy City Schools. “She holds them to high ethical standards and tries to give them the best real world experiences. A well-run hospital is an asset to any community and we are fortunate to have an excellent facility like Northern. The staff takes them in and makes them feel like part of the team…like they belong there. I am confident this experience is one students will never forget.”
“To quickly recap my experience as a junior volunteer in the IT department for the last three years: I loved it, I learned a lot, and I want a job at the hospital!” –Justin Dorsette (left). “The thing I enjoyed most this summer was the ability to do things on my own. Since I was with IS for three years I knew certain things and they allowed me to go out on my own and fix things around the hospital. I enjoyed these three years, but next time I’ll be back as an employee.” – Neal Borad (right)
Teresa Vazquez and Brandy Chilton
Wayne Burton and Cayden Hall
Nidhi Borad and Carson Payne
Ann Riggs with son Eli Riggs.
“I wanted to thank you for the opportunity, it has been a great experience and has really helped me learn more about my interests and I hope to be able to participate in this program in the following summers.” – Ashton Rierson
Carly Grace Sheet
Dr. Rob Williamson and Laurel Petri
“I enjoyed getting to be at the hospital and meeting new people. Everyone I met was kind and always willing to talk and let me watch what was going on. It may not have always been busy, but I always had something to do and someone to talk to. I loved getting to spend time talking to people and hopefully brightening their days. I was always happy to be there, and it was definitely an experience I would love to continue in the future.” – Emily Robertson (Emily is pictured with Cade Wright, RN – Manager, Birthing Center)
“I believe that this was a wonderful experience. I had rarely been in a hospital environment before, so I was rather intimidated when I originally signed up. However, I believe I was able to learn what working in a hospital was actually like and how the different areas must function together. This was a valuable learning experience that I will not soon forget. Working in the lab was the highlight of my experience, and getting to work with the pathologist there helped me to reaffirm my desire to one day be one. The people that I worked with throughout the hospital were also very kind, which made the experience even more enjoyable.” –Jacob Hiatt (Jacob received the honor of most hours volunteered during the summer with 71 hours.)
Juniors Group 1 seen here at their orientation.
Seniors Group 2 are seen here at orientation.