Indian Path Medical Center | News Article

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Future health care workers, a.k.a junior volunteers, provide valuable service to IPMC
Junior volunteer Ryleigh Cowden arranges Kavu bags in the Indian Path gift shop.

Future health care workers, a.k.a junior volunteers, provide valuable service to IPMC

KINGSPORT, Tenn. From June 19 to July 31, 19 high school students from Virginia and Tennessee participated in Indian Path Medical Center’s Summer Junior Volunteer Program. The program is designed to give our future health care workers insight into the many departments making up the hospital.

Participation this summer saw a 63-percent increase, and the students combined to volunteer for more than 900 hours. Some of them plan to continue volunteering throughout the school year in our Year-Round Junior Program.

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Applications for the summer program are taken from March through April each year. This allows plenty of time for the students to complete online orientation as well as obtain necessary paperwork required for the program before the school year ends. In-house orientation (including wheelchair training) is given prior to the beginning of the program.

Because students are busy during the summer, Indian Path strives to offer a flexible schedule that allows them to volunteer in several areas.  Some of these areas include: gift shop, information desks, patient transport, food and nutrition, business development, Kingsport Day Surgery, Family Birth Center, radiology, admitting, auxiliary fundraising sales and administration. Volunteers also completed several special projects assisting human resources, VOS and administration. Many participated in Fun Fest (the IPMC Extreme Challenge Event) and assisted with preparing a new fall prevention packet for the nursing floors.

Courtney Spear, a home-schooled volunteer from Johnson City, was able to dress out and observe in surgery. Courtney wants to be a surgeon and said, “I really enjoyed working in the surgery center … If there is another opportunity in the next few weeks, I would love to go back.”


 In addition to the high school volunteers, five college-age volunteers also volunteered in physical therapy, pharmacy, cardiology, emergency and on the med/surg floors.


 “The current adult volunteers were very helpful in training and assisting the juniors this summer,” said Lucy Phillips, manager for volunteer services at Indian Path. “I would especially like to thank Lois Sill and Johnny Clark for taking the time to get to know and help direct the juniors.


 If you know of someone who might be interested in volunteering during the 2017/2018 school year or during the 2018 summer program, have them visit and place the word “Volunteer” in the search box.