PARMA, Ohio - University Hospitals Parma Medical Center is currently recruiting for the fall class of volunteer spiritual care aides.
In addition to providing comfort to patients and families in the Emergency Department and Surgery Waiting Room, aides also visit patients in their rooms to pray or provide a listening ear.
They also help provide directions and information to visitors and stand in for clergy when the family's priest or minister is unavailable.
Volunteers must attend special training sessions which cover techniques of communication, professionalism, confidentiality and medical ethics.
Volunteers generally work two four-hour shifts per month, including time for a hospital-provided meal.
Contact Jim Mayer at 440-845-1856 to register by August 1. The 12-week training session begins September 4 for those accepted to the program.