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Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are integral and valuable members of the hospital’s team, and they often serve as a source of comfort and cheer to those who are hospitalized.

No matter your age, you can make a difference in the lives of our patients by becoming a volunteer. Through volunteering at Lenox Hill Hospital, you will have the opportunity to learn more about our world-class services, gain valuable experience and make long-lasting friendships.

Adult volunteers

We offer more than 150 volunteer placement opportunities in medical and support areas that can be customized to meet your needs and fit your schedule. Even if you are not sure about how you may fit in, we can help you choose an opportunity based on your background and experience. Listed below are just some of the volunteer opportunities we offer:

  • Surgical waiting room: Communicate with families during their loved one’s surgery
  • Feeding Program: Provide support to patients during their meals
  • Departmental liaisons: Assist staff within departments (e.g., emergency, ambulatory, cardiology) to meet patient needs
  • Reception ambassadors: Welcome patients and families as they enter the hospital
  • Art and jewelry therapy: Create art and jewelry at the bedside of patients
  • Concierge Ambassador Program.: Socialize with patients as they recover in the hospital

You may download the application here. Please complete the application and email it to [email protected].

Junior volunteers (15-17 years old): Summer High School Program

The four week summer student volunteer program at Lenox Hill Hospital places individuals throughout the hospital in hands-on, non-clinical roles. The junior volunteers have the opportunity to rotate into different areas of the hospital each week depending on their interests. The program accepts approximately 15 high school students each summer, providing extensive exposure to hospital operations and care delivery. Ideal candidates for the program have an interest in health care, willingness and desire to make an impact, previous volunteer experience, high maturity level and related career interests.

If you are interested in applying for the program, click here to fill out an application. The completed application can be emailed to [email protected]. The application deadline is usually in early March for the upcoming summer. After the application is reviewed, potential candidates will be called in for an interview during the end of March. Acceptance to the program will be sent via email thereafter.

Volunteering requirements

We look for volunteers who are committed to making a difference in our patients' lives. If you are caring and compassionate, this is an opportunity for you to use your unique talents and skills to provide a meaningful and satisfying experience. This opportunity offers valuable exposure to the healthcare industry.

Requirements include the following:

  • For adult volunteers, there is a 100 hour time commitment per year, with the expectation of completing one four-hour shift per week. Some of the programs require additional training.
  • Volunteers must meet the standards of patient and family-centered care: professional, courteous, compassionate and respectful.
  • Applicants must be interviewed. If accepted, there is a six-month probationary period.
  • All adult applicants must attend a mandatory volunteer orientation, receive medical clearance and complete and clear a background screening before they can begin their assignment.
  • Junior volunteers are expected to volunteer a minimum of 100 hours during the course of the program, volunteering a minimum of four days per week (Monday through Thursday) from 9am to 3pm. Students must be available during the entire time frame of the program.
  • Junior volunteers will be asked to attend a mandatory orientation and provide:

We cannot guarantee employment. Please consult Northwell Health Careers for more information about job opportunities.

Auxiliary

The Auxiliary of Lenox Hill Hospital consists of volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds who believe in and are committed to the work of the hospital. The mission of the Auxiliary is to render service to Lenox Hill Hospital and its patients and to assist the hospital in promoting the health and welfare of the community.

The Auxiliary of Lenox Hill Hospital has a long and distinguished history of service. Since its beginnings in 1949, the Auxiliary has raised millions of dollars which have been invested in departments throughout the hospital for the benefit of patients, staff and the community. In addition, Auxiliary members support Lenox Hill Hospital with numerous volunteer hours in virtually all areas of the hospital.

Role of an Auxiliary member

  • Attends monthly meetings featuring presentations from hospital leadership and speakers from virtually all departments of the hospital, with updates on medical advances and accomplishments as well as new and ongoing hospital and community outreach programs.
  • Sponsors health education programs
  • Supports nursing and social work activities, including funding summer interns
  • Decorates the hospital’s walls and patient rooms with colorful framed artwork
  • Honors exceptional hospital employees
  • Attends a spring outing and luncheon
  • Appropriates funds for important hospital projects

Committees administered by the Auxiliary

  • Art Committee: Provides and hangs framed artwork in patient and public areas
  • Employee Recognition Program
  • Healthy Give & Take Benefit Luncheon: Highlighting current social topics, includes an expert panel and Q&A
  • Nursing and social work activities
  • Outing: Organizing several social and cultural outings annually
  • Patient library
  • Patient rounding: Trained auxilians participate in specialized patient care
  • Pediatrics Read-To-Me Program
  • Summer High School Internship Program

Requirements for active Auxiliary members

  • Attend 70 percent of monthly meetings, normally held the second Tuesday of each month
  • Pay dues of $100 annually
  • Participate in at least one auxiliary program or committee
  • Support Auxiliary fundraising projects

Becoming a member

The Auxiliary welcomes interest from the community. The nominating committee meets with prospective members to learn about their interests and to provide further information about the Auxiliary.

To learn more about the Auxiliary and its work, call (212) 434-2238.

Organ donation

Organ donation isn’t an easy thing to think about, but it’s really important. Thousands of Americans die each year because there are not enough suitable donors. Being an organ or tissue donor is a generous, rewarding decision that can save so many lives.

When you become an organ donor, you donate life. Consider these facts from the New York Organ Donor Network (NYODN):

  • More than 120,000 people nationwide are on the national waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant, including approximately 10,000 New Yorkers.
  • Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the list.
  • A single donor can save the lives of eight people through organ donation and improve the lives of up to 50 others with tissue donation.

Types of tissue and organ donation include:

  • Organ donation—The donation of an organ from an individual who has been declared brain dead. The organs are transplanted into individuals based on need through a national waiting list.
  • Tissue donation—The donation of tissue (bone, eyes, fascia, heart valves and vessels) from an individual who has suffered cardiac or brain death.
  • Living donation—The donation of organs from a living donor to an individual with a matching blood and/or tissue type.
  • Consent for donation—An approval from the family of an organ or tissue donor to donate tissue and/or organs. Even if a patient has signed a donor card, the family still needs to consent.

Lenox Hill Hospital works with NYODN to facilitate tissue and organ transplants. Here are some ways that we’re helping improve donation rates in our region:

  • We are a member of the Health Resource and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative.
  • Through our Service Improvement Coordinating Group for Donation, representatives from all Northwell Health hospitals meet bimonthly to share best practices in organ and tissue donation.
  • Lenox Hill Hospital healthcare professionals have formed a Donor Council, a hospital-based group that is committed to donation initiatives.
  • We provide ongoing education for physicians, nurses, ancillary hospital staff and the community about tissue and organ donation.