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Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer at Staten Island

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 Staten Island University Hospital, you will have the opportunity to learn more about our world-class services, gain valuable experience and make long-lasting friendships.

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities 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 available volunteer opportunities based on our current needs, but additional volunteer opportunities may exist:

  • Playing with pediatric patients
  • Assisting elderly patients
  • Showing visitors how to get around the campus
  • Assisting in one of our offices
  • Working at the gift shop

Patient & Family Partnership Council

Our team at Staten Island University Hospital invites you to join our Patient and Family Partnership Council. This is a dedicated group of patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals who partner together to create meaningful changes within our hospital. We value your experiences, insights and ideas to help develop our hospital’s services. Download the Patient and Family Partnership Council application.

The Auxiliary at Staten Island University Hospital

Staten Island University Hospital’s Service Auxiliary enhances the healthcare status of our community by supporting and promoting the hospital’s initiatives and the work of some of the nation’s leading healthcare professionals who lead acclaimed clinical programs and set new standards in health care.

Today, the Auxiliary continues the tradition and over the last 10 years donated over $1.5 million to support medical and health services and equipment including supporting the construction of the new Elizabeth A. Connelly Emergency and Trauma Center, Regina M. McGinn, MD Education Center, Florina Rusi-Marke Comprehensive Breast Center, and the soon to open Kids Against Cancer Pediatric Oncology Center.

If you would like to become a member of our Auxiliary, please call (718) 226-8708.

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:

  • The minimum age to volunteer at Staten Island University Hospital is 16.
  • There is a 100-hour commitment per calendar year.
  • 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 applicants must attend a mandatory volunteer orientation, receive medical clearance and volunteers 18 years of age and older must complete and clear a background screening before they can begin their assignment.

To learn more about volunteering, call (718) 226-9132.

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.

Staten Island University 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 System hospitals meet bimonthly to share best practices in organ and tissue donation.
  • We provide ongoing education for physicians, nurses, ancillary hospital staff and the community about tissue and organ donation.