At Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH), our 350 volunteers are vital to the hospital's caring work. They are the additional hands and hearts that give extra attention to patients and families making their way through the health care system. Our volunteers enjoy the satisfaction of knowing they make a profound difference to our patients, hospital staff, and community.
While sharing their time and special talents, volunteers often say they receive as much as they give. They energize themselves with the spirit of generosity and enrich their own lives with the sincere gratitude of patients, families, doctors, nurses, and staff. As one volunteer says, “I’ve never been paid so much in my life—and this job has no salary.” GSH volunteers benefit from a sense of participation, the joy of giving, and the feeling of family within the Volunteer Services Department.
Making a Difference
We provide a diverse range of hospital volunteer opportunities for anyone 14 years of age or older. Volunteers not only deliver flowers, sort mail, and answer phones; they also transport patients and help care for patients and their families in the hospital’s critical care, surgery, and rehabilitation units. There are also volunteer opportunities in the gift shop, hospital registration, the Samaritan Homeless Clinic, and the hospital’s medical clinics.
A Strong Tradition of Volunteering
GSH opened in 1932 as a collaborative effort between the citizens of Dayton and the Sisters of Charity to build a future around growing technology and innovative health care.
In the mid-1950s, GSH was the first hospital in Dayton to organize a volunteer auxiliary, which ultimately grew into a multifaceted Volunteer Services department.
Today, leading hospital accreditation firms place GSH in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country for clinical quality and patient care. A large part of this recognition is due to the giving of our volunteers. Our warm, wonderful culture, grounded in the Catholic faith, brings humility to our mission of providing quality care. We invest heavily in our neighborhoods and campus environment to preserve our long history of building a healthier community.
To become a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital, call the Volunteer Services Department at (937) 734-2150, for an appointment. It is recommended that you are live in the Dayton, Ohio area.
Volunteers Are Vital
The time GSH volunteers give to our hospital is valued at more than $1 million annually. In a typical year, GSH’s family of volunteers:
- Works 60,000 hours
- Delivers 2,500 floral arrangements to patients
- Completes more than 350 projects for hospital departments
- Prepares and mails more than 100,000 reports and materials for various departments and for hospital administrators
- Walks more than 14,000 miles escorting patients and delivering mail and flowers
Content Updated: November 18, 2014