1700 SW 7th St.
Topeka, KS 66606
Whether they're high school students learning more about career opportunities and the working world or seniors who deliver mail and flowers or simply offer friendly words to our patients, St. Francis volunteers are part of our lifeblood. From answering phones and providing information to patients and visitors to working in the gift shop and serving as mentors for patients recovering from heart surgery or other conditions, volunteer opportunities are abundant.
As a small thank you for helping out, all of our volunteers may receive a complimentary meal (limited dollar amount) for any four-hour volunteer shift, free membership to the St. Francis fitness center for you and your spouse and a free flu shot.
For more information about volunteering, please e-mail Jana Wingert at Jana.Wingert@sclhs.net or call 785-295-8127. Please identify yourself as a youth or adult volunteer.
All potential volunteers are required to attend a daylong orientation before volunteering at St. Francis Health Center. Sessions are held approximately every two weeks. You will need to arrive on time and be present for the entire program. The time commitment for orientation is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
TB Screening Requirements:
Volunteers must comply with the tuberculosis (TB) screening policy. St. Francis Health Center's goal is to have a safe and healthy environment for our patients, associates and volunteers. Once you have been selected as a volunteer, TB testing will be provided free of charge on a walk-in basis in the Associate Health Nurse office from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. St. Francis Health Center requires two skin tests before you may begin your volunteer service. If you have had a TB skin test done in the last six months, or would like to have your own physician read or apply the test, please have the results sent to the Volunteer Office.
What to expect:
Time Commitment: All volunteers are required to commit to six months of volunteer service to St. Francis Health Center upon their hire date.
ID badges and TB skin tests will be free of charge to every volunteer.
There is a cost, ranging from $15 to $25 for the volunteer uniform. Uniforms must be worn while volunteering.
Submit your application online. Background checks and reference checks will be completed. When chosen, the Volunteer Office will call you to register for orientation and provide dates and times, so have your calendar at hand when you call.
Volunteers in any capacity are greatly appreciated by all members of the Health Center staff. Here are just some of the ways you can help (position descriptions are outlined below):
- Clerical Positions
- Critical Care Family Room
- Gift Shop
- Information Desk
- Mission Woods
- Surgical Family Room
Volunteers with clerical skills are used in several departments, including Pre-op and Education.
Critical Care Family Room
Families encountering stressful situations rely on volunteers to listen to them and provide assistance when needed. This type of care is provided through our volunteers in the Critical Care Family Room.
Return to Volunteer Positions
Volunteers assist customers and operate the cash register in our Gift Shop.
Volunteers assist patients, family members and their visitors when they enter the Health Center by giving directions, finding patient room numbers and performing other tasks.
Volunteers answer the phone, greet patients and perform light clerical duties.
Volunteers are trained to assist with many tasks, including pouring water for patients, helping transport patients when discharged, assisting at the desk and running errands.
In this key position, volunteers escort patients being admitted to St. Francis, run errands and help with light clerical work.
Volunteers in our SPD department deliver supplies and stock linens on the nursing floors.
Surgical Family Room
Volunteers act as a liaison between family members and surgery/recovery room staff by escorting family members to consultation rooms to talk with doctors and answering the telephone.
Youth Application Requirements
To complete the youth volunteer application process, the following will be needed.
A copy of your most recent grade report. (If it is the first semester of the school year and you have not yet received a grade report, send a copy of your grade report from the last 9 weeks of your previous school year.) This can be a computer generated report that you print from home.
A letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor on school stationary. It may be hand written, but must be on school stationary. An email reference letter is acceptable from their official school email address and may be sent to Jana.Wingert@sclhs.net.
All forms in this application packet completed. Your social security number will be needed when you are issued your i.d. badge. You do not need the card, but need to know the number.
Immunizations must be current for volunteers as well as employees. Please send copies verifying TB, tetanus and MMR. Hepatitis B series is not required if your volunteer position does not have potential of coming into contact with blood or bodily fluids.
The online application and other paperwork will not be processed without a copy of your grade report and a reference letter/email from a teacher or counselor. (Exception is for volunteer positions from home.)