Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) offers many opportunities for volunteer work that help promote the well-being of our patients and their families. These volunteer opportunities also support the work of our physicians and staff.
Special Volunteer Programs
Anam Cara Program
Volunteers in GSH’s Anam Cara program are specially trained to bring an additional source of support and encouragement to patients and their family members. Anam Cara is the Gaelic phrase for "soul friend.” Anam Cara visit and provide support to patients who are grappling with acute, chronic, and sometimes life-threatening illnesses.
Anam Cara volunteers provide support by offering caring friendship and a warm heart. They strive to be good listeners and come with no agenda other than to spend time with patients or family members as a way of lending support and offering encouragement and hope. They approach patients and their loved ones with the awareness that each person is a unique human being who deserves dignity and respect.
For more information about the Anam Cara program, contact Craig Schneider, GSH Spiritual Cara Coordinator, at (937) 734-2163.
GSH Pastoral Care Department volunteers make initial pastoral care visits, distribute the Eucharist to Catholic patients daily, and provide worship opportunities for patients and their families. For more information on how to become a Pastoral Care volunteer at GSH, please call (937) 734-2150.
GSH’s PAWS (“Pets Are Wonderful Support”) program is well-known throughout the hospital. The program uses certified pet therapy animals and their handlers to cheer up our pet-loving patients and their family members. Research shows that focusing on a pet can help relieve pain and depression. Even staff members enjoy visits from a PAWS “therapist.”
For additional information about certifying a pet for the GSH PAWS program or to receive a visit from a pet when in the hospital, contact Volunteer Services at (937) 278-6251, ext. 2150. You can also find more information here.
GSH’s Senior Sams are a group of former hospital employees who perform special tasks for the hospital, especially during community events. For example, during GSH’s recent 75th anniversary celebrations, Senior Sams acted as on-site hosts and guides, helping community members tour the facility. For additional information, please contact the Human Resources Department (937) 734-2522.
Volunteer Opportunities for Students
GSH also has many opportunities for students to get involved by volunteering at the hospital. Volunteens, aged 14 to 19, volunteer after school, on weekends, and during summer breaks.
The MKats Program (named as a word play on the MCAT exam required for admission to medical school) gives pre-medical students the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work in a hospital. GSH partners with the University of Dayton and Wright State University pre-med departments as well as with the Wright State Minority Pre-Med Collaboration to offer this volunteer opportunity to students.
The T.N.T. (Teens in Training) Program is designed for teens exploring possible careers in the medical field. These young people are paired with a medical professional—for example, a nurse, physical therapist, medical technician, or nutrition services worker—and shadow that person on the job. The hospital works with local high school counselors and teachers and with the Miami Valley Career Technology Center to identify students for this learning opportunity.
T.N.T. began as a summer and school holiday program, but it became so popular that the hospital now operates it year-round.
Both MKats and T.N.T. are model programs in health care volunteerism, demonstrating best practices in collaboration and the education of future medical professionals.