Volunteers are people of all ages and walks of life who, for a myriad of reasons, offer their time and energy in the service of others. Volunteers step forward and carry out their assignments and touch the lives of those they serve in many positive ways. Their personal rewards are intangible, the expectations modest, yet ask a volunteer why he or she serves and you often hear some variation of "I'd like to make a difference."
Whether you are a teen, a homemaker, an employed or retired adult, as a Peconic Bay Medical Center volunteer, you become an integral part of the medical center team. Your efforts will benefit the medical center in continuing its commitment to excellence while providing you with the personal satisfaction of contributing to the welfare of those in need. Every effort is made to schedule hours and days on a flexible basis.
Your service adds a most important ingredient to healthcare— love and concern for people. It improves the service and lightens the burden, allowing the professional staff more time to care for patients. A Peconic Bay Medical Center volunteer, more than any other person on the team, contributes to an atmosphere of friendliness and good will.
Volunteers in our Emergency Department provide an important service by being compassionate liaisons between those receiving care in our E.D. and medical staff, and their family and loved ones who are waiting for them. They may also assist staff with simple clerical tasks and errands.
Peconic Bay Medical Center's Caregivers Program provides support, information and resources for caregivers. The goal of the program is to give caregivers the opportunity to be connected and supported. Caregiver Coaches provide caregivers with ongoing support and resources throughout their caregiver journey. They offer additional support through weekly outreach calls.
Art Therapy Program
Artwork has been found to offer numerous positive effects for patients. Peconic Bay Medical Center has incorporated an Art Therapy Program for our Surgical Pavilion, which allows patients to choose a piece of artwork from our selection of photographs to be displayed in their individual room.
A volunteer will enter the patient rooms and speak with newly admitted patients about their interests, hobbies and pleasures in life. After the patient selects an image the volunteer will remove the current image from the frame and replace it with the one the patient has chosen.
Peconic Bay Medical Center's Pastoral Care Program strives to meet the various spiritual and religious needs of our patients. Administered by our Board-Certified Chaplain, our Pastoral Care Program serves all denominations and faiths, including people who are not affiliated with any faith.
Ordained clergy are on premises most days, and on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our Chaplain or one of our pastoral care volunteers will be happy to visit you and, if you wish, contact your clergy or members of your congregation.
Bibles, prayer cards, inspirational booklets and support services are available on request. Prayer and chapel services are held in our chapel, and accommodations for larger assemblages are provided. A schedule of services is available on request.
If you would like to speak to the Chaplain or a Pastoral Care volunteer, please notify a member of the nursing staff.
Smile! Our front lobby volunteers welcome all those who enter our doors with a warm greeting and assistance.
The Bay Gift Shop - staffing and managing sales
Book Cart - distribute reading materials & crafts to patients
Physical Therapy - assist with general duties in our Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, or our Outpatient Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center
Pastoral Care - visit patients addressing their spiritual needs
Pet Therapy - coordinated patient visits
Fund-raising events - assist with the many facets of large & small fundraising activities
Clerical positions - mailings and other diverse clerical positions throughout the medical center
High school students age 16-17 with working papers who volunteer can obtain valuable experience for future careers. Junior Volunteers who have given 100 hours of service and are pursuing advanced education for a healthcare career may qualify for an Auxiliary Healthcare Award. Junior Volunteers serve as Care Providers on nursing units, in our Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and in offices throughout the hospital.
Requirements for Junior Volunteer Program:
You must be 16-17 years of age.
You should be a high school student in good standing.
You will be expected to complete a minimum of 75 hours.
N.Y.S. requires that you submit a physical history with lab work prior to becoming a volunteer.
Letter of reference from your primary or homeroom teacher, guidance counselor or principal.
Letter of reference from one other person (may be clergy, employer, neighbor).
Complete the Junior Volunteer Application and return the application to the above address with the reference letters. Upon receipt of your application you will be contacted by the Volunteer Services Department. (Applications available upon request or at the Front Desk in the Main Lobby).
Your parent or guardian should accompany you to the interview and will be asked to sign the parental consent and authorization form at that time.
Peconic Bay Medical Center Auxiliary is a non-profit organization, founded in 1951, which supports and complements patient care and community service at Peconic Bay Medical Center by assisting patients, relatives and visitors in a responsible manner with compassion and courtesy.
Making our mission possible:
The Auxiliary Board is committed to serving the entire medical center community fostering quality, compassionate and comprehensive care through hands-on volunteering and innovative fundraising. Board members are selected through an election process, as determined by the Auxiliary By-Law.
How we work with the community:
Auxiliary Board members proudly serve as ambassadors between the hospital and the community. The Board increases community awareness of hospital services through local events, newsletters, announcements and communications with friends, neighbors and colleagues. We aim to be the voice of the communities served by Peconic Bay Medical Center and always welcome new ideas for involvement.
How we make it all happen:
The Auxiliary Board members work hard to promote Peconic Bay Medical Center through increased community awareness and vital fundraising initiatives. We organize large and small events, operate the Gift Shop within the hospital, organize raffles and make crafts, among many other activities throughout the year.
The proceeds from these Auxiliary initiatives are donated to the hospital and have helped fund many important needs over the decades such as:
Purchasing medical equipment, including beds, wheelchairs rehabilitation equipment, etc…
Renovating special care units, among other essential capital needs
In addition to raising approximately $250,000 annually, through all the various activities, the Peconic Bay Medical Center Auxiliary committed to and succeeded in raising an additional $1 million over 10 years (2011 – 2020) to support the Building Upon The Promise Of Excellence Campaign (Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation).