Stanford University Medical Center Auxiliary, a non-profit organization, supports and complements patient care and community service at Stanford University Medical Center by assisting patients, relatives and visitors in a responsible manner with compassion, devotion and courtesy. Men and women of all ages, including high school students (Junior Volunteers, age 16 to 18 years old) participate in the program and donate at least 3.5 hours of service each week.
Intensive Care Reception: Staff desks outside intensive care units to assist families and visitors of patients in the respective units.
Surgery Reception: Assist physicians in locating waiting family members following surgeries. Relay communications to waiting families of surgical patients.
Auxiliary Office: Perform general office work including typing, filing, answering the telephone and providing support to volunteer staff.
Gift Shop: Assist customers in gift selection, take telephone orders, deliver flowers and work at the cash register.
Shopping Cart: Provide in-patients with a room-to-room purchase opportunity of varied items. Lots of walking involved!
Information/Escort: Provide information and directions to patients, family members and visitors. Accompany guests to their destination within the Medical Center. Run errands as requested by hospital staff. Lots of walking involved!
Patient Services (involves direct patient contact): Assist patients with a variety of personal services such as running errands, circulating reading material, writing letters and caring for flowers. Lots of walking involved!
Individualized Placement: Assist various clinics and departments.
In addition to the satisfaction of service to others, volunteers enjoy participating in the hospitals special events and seminars, attending luncheons and forming friendships. The Auxiliary gives scholarships to its Adult and Junior volunteers, as well as employees planning to study in a health-related field. We have provided more than 230 Adult Scholarships to those pursuing careers in medicine, and over 175 Juniors have received college scholarships for volunteering.
Auxiliary volunteers have donated over 3 million hours to the hospital. The Auxiliary has also provided gifts of medical equipment to the Medical Center in excess of $2.8 million dollars.