HCMC’s Junior Volunteer Program Gearing Up for the Summer

Paris, TN – Teens, are you looking for something to do when school is out? Would you like to combine a learning situation with helping others? HCMC is looking for responsible teenagers age 14 and older with a ‘C’ grade point average or better, who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of healthcare.

Some of the departments in which Junior Volunteers may work include:

  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Registration
  • Healthcare Center Business Office
  • Plumley Rehab
  • Physical Therapy
  • Materials Management
  • Medical Records (Health Information Management)
  • Quality/Case Management
  • Outpatient Surgery
  • 3rd Tower Nursing Unit
  • Imaging
  • And more

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8, those interested are asked to bring a parent or guardian to Henry County Medical Center’s Classrooms 2 and 3 on the ground floor, to learn about the program and sign up. There will be a short presentation on what is expected of our Junior Volunteers over the summer and applications will be handed out, applicants can apply early at http://www.hcmc-tn.org/services/volunteer-services/. In addition to completing the application, the following are also required to participate in the program:

Tuesday, May 23– Orientation in HCMC classrooms 2 and 3 at 9 a.m.

  1. Have all paperwork completed and ready to be handed in including three references other than family. Parent/guardian must also sign a release form.
  2. Be prepared to receive the TB skin test and have photos made for the badges to be worn while volunteering.
  3. Volunteers will be required to participate in an in-service to explain safety rules and dress codes as well as expectations of teens while on the job.
  4. Tour the hospital.

Thursday, May 25, return to Classroom 1 between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. to have the TB skin test read, pick up your badge, uniform shirts and schedules for the two summer months of June and July.

New to the Junior Volunteer program this year are educational Academy Sessions. The Sessions will be held each Wednesday from 11 am – Noon (lunch will be provided). During the sessions, students will hear from a variety of healthcare professionals regarding topics such as educational requirements, daily responsibilities and more. The Sessions are designed to give students an opportunity to explore all areas of the healthcare field, not just the area(s) which they are assigned to work for the summer

The application contains a section to select the dates that the teen can work from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays only. If he or she can work four hours in the morning on Tuesdays, for example, that is the way we will try to schedule the hours. Teens will also need to tell us what dates they’ve scheduled a vacation, Bible school or band camp, etc. so those dates will not be scheduled. Teens can only work in the departments which request a volunteer for the summer.

“If necessary, we will have one make-up day for In Service, TB Skin Test and badge photos on May 30,” said Meagan Hart, Volunteer Coordinator. “Otherwise, we will not be able to accommodate students who aren’t able to participate in either one of the dates.

Two months is a short period of time and the departments are depending on our volunteers to help.” The experience teaches teens how to work within a healthcare organization and take responsibility for his or her own actions. Teens (not parents) will call in to their departments to let them know if they cannot work on any given day. The summer volunteer program should be viewed just like a work situation in the adult world.

For more information, contact Meagan Hart at 731-644-8267 or go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region. Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org.