Are you looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Our locations in Spartanburg, Gaffney, Greenville or Union each hold an opportunity for you to become a hospital volunteer and help those in need.
Healthcare volunteers are sometimes the first face a patient or family member sees, and their smiles welcome guests at a confusing, stressful or unhappy time. A quiet moment, a listening ear, a gentle word says "I'm here for you" – this is what volunteering at any of our locations is about. Volunteers create meaningful moments and play a positive role in the lives of patients, family members and visitors.
We would love to have you volunteer at any of our locations.
Pet Therapy Volunteers
The volunteer Pet Therapy program at SRHS began in 2012 and consists of specially trained and certified dogs that visit patients during their hospital stay.
The certified pet therapy dogs offer patients a soothing presence and provide a sense of companionship. Along with feeling less alone during a hospital visit, pet therapy can help patients and their families cope with worry and stress, because it’s hard not to smile when you see a happy face and a wagging tail!
SRHS has incorporated pet therapy, also known as animal-assisted therapy, into several of their facilities, including Spartanburg Medical Center, Spartanburg Medical Center – Mary Black, Pelham Medical Center, and the SRHS Hospice Home.
A patient’s medical provider must approve pet therapy visits, and the dogs are only allowed in specific areas of the hospital.
If you would like a pet therapy volunteer to visit you, or someone you know, during a hospital stay, ask a nurse or care provider to contact volunteer services.
All dogs that participate in SRHS pet therapy must complete evaluation and certification by Therapy Dogs International (TDI) prior to joining the program. Spartanburg Regional completes a background check on each dog owner/handler, and they are required to submit their dog’s updated paperwork and immunization records to the hospital each year.
Prospective volunteers are asked to complete the steps, below. Please note that applicants must be at least 18 years old and fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Complete application/interview, and select the location in which you want to serve
- Complete a scheduled orientation
- Complete a health assessment through Employee Health
- Understand assignment in area of service
- Undergo training for assigned service area
- Provide a physician statement (Spartanburg Regional Hospice Only)
Our Way of Saying 'Thank You'
- Complimentary meals in on-campus café on work day
- Service recognition pins
- Celebrations and special events
- 20 percent discount in Pelham Medical Center’s Twig & Vine Gift Shop and Spartanburg Medical Center’s Corner 101 Gift Shop
- Free annual flu shot
- In-service training
- Opportunity to develop a lifelong association with hospital associates and other volunteers