BAMC wants you to join their team
Story by Maria Gallegos, BAMC Public Affairs
Published January 10, 2012
Photo by Maria Gallegos
Ursula Hoglund, BAMC Retiree Activity Group volunteer assists a customer at SAMMC’s Main Outpatient Pharmacy. Hoglund has been a pharmacy greeter since 2003 and performs various duties which includes; pharmacy patients check-in, prescription verifications, and issue formulary items before they are serviced by the Pharmacy staff.
Are you ready to make a difference in your community? Do you wake up in the morning wondering what you can do to keep yourself busy and be productive at the same time?
Brooke Army Medical Center has the solution for you! We are looking for dedicated volunteers who enjoy talking and interacting with people and willing to share their compassion and care for our patients and staff.
"I remember when I was a patient in the hospital and I saw and appreciated what the volunteers did for me; other patients, family members and for the hospital staff. That stayed with me and when I retired from the Civil Service, I wanted to give back the same way they had given to me and so I became a volunteer," said Fumiko Castillo, a eight month volunteer in the Department of Ministry. "Having worked and retired from Inpatient Records at BAMC it only seemed right for me to volunteer here."
BAMC's numbers one priority is to provide the best care and services for our patients. It also recognizes the importance of volunteers and how they play an important role to patients and their family’s well-being.
"BAMC's Volunteer program is successful because of the caliber of people that step up to the plate and give of themselves so freely to meet our healthcare mission. They ask nothing in return but to serve and I find that truly amazing," said Mike Dulevitz, BAMC’s volunteer services coordinator.
There are many administrative positions within the departments of the hospital to fit your interests to include; Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology Special Procedures, Urology, Pulmonary, Pediatric Neurology and Pediatric Gastroenterology, Burn Unit Waiting Room (Bilingual a plus), Akeroyd Blood Donor Center, Information Desk and Logistics-Material Branch.
If administrative positions do not interest you, BAMC also has many other opportunities to get involved, such as the Ward Listeners, Care-mobile drivers, patient transport personnel and dining facility greeters.
"I am trying to pay-back the Army for what they have given me. They saved my life and I can't give back or thank them enough for that. Volunteering my time is my way of saying thank you," said Ursula Hoglund, Main Pharmacy greeter since 2003.
"While it is true that most of our volunteers are former military members or military family members, San Antonio is also known as Military City USA," added Dulevitz. "Because of this, there is a strong sense of recognition and gratitude engendered in its citizenry. Even people that were never directly connected to the military are drawn to serve and we welcome them with open arms.
"BAMC has a long and special relationship with its volunteers. We need them; they are a part of our fiber and contribute to healthcare overall success."
"Volunteering at BAMC has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life," said Curtis Jungman, a Ministry and Pastoral Care volunteer for ten years.
Are you ready to join the BAMC team and support your community? We are ready for you!
For more information, contact the Volunteer Services at 210.916.5388.