Volunteer Opportunities > Getting Started
Important Points to Consider
- All Friends of CMH must be at least 18 years of age to enter the program. The minimum requirement for volunteering is three hours a week for at least three months.
- Friends of CMH are subject to the same health standards as CMH employees. Friends must complete a health questionnaire that will be kept on file.
- The hospital requires that all volunteers be screened for TB (tuberculosis) at the time of initial assignment to establish whether the volunteer has active TB or has been previously exposed and built up antibodies. CMH will perform this screening at no charge.
If you prefer, you may receive the screening through your own primary care provider. However, it is important to note that costs for TB tests will vary among medical providers and are expensive. Insurance plans often do not cover these tests. These charges will be the responsibility of the new volunteer and not the responsibility of the Friends of Culbertson Memorial Hospital program.
- Friends have a responsibility to the overall infection control plan of CMH. In addition to observing good hand washing techniques and other preventive measures while on duty at the hospital, volunteers should not report for duty when manifesting symptoms of illness.
- Friends must attend a volunteer inservice. At this all-day training session, you will learn important information about Fire Safety, Patient Confidentiality, Infection Control, and more.
If you are accepted into the program, you will:
- Complete a Criminal Background Check Form. (All staff and volunteers are subject to a Criminal Background check.)
- Begin job training for the position to which you will be assigned. Each placement has a distinct training and start-up procedure. Some placements require that you attend another orientation in the department you will be volunteering in before your training. Other placements require that you "shadow" a seasoned volunteer in the placement that you are entering to learn the skills that are needed to perform the job.
- The final step is to ensure that all of your records (medical and criminal) are in place before you begin volunteering. Once all of the documents are received, you will proceed with your placement orientation.
All of these procedures are in place to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our patients and our staff. Please call the Volunteer Department at 217-322-4321, ext. 269 if you have questions.