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Banner Del E. Webb extends teen volunteer program


SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (Aug. 31, 2012) – Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center’s summer teen volunteer program has been so successful; the hospital’s staff decided to extend the program to provide year-round volunteer opportunities for local youth.

“During the summer, we had many teens filling various day time shifts throughout Banner Del E. Webb.  As the summer came to a close, teens were excited to find that they would have an opportunity to continue volunteering into the school year.” said Charlotte Confer, Volunteer Coordinator at the hospital.
Banner Del E. Webb hosted 57 teen volunteers, who gave more than 3,300 volunteer hours at the nonprofit hospital this summer. Teens volunteered in 35 different assignments through Banner Del E. Webb. When teen volunteers Julie Mattes and Brianna Johnson thought about what they wanted to do over the summer, they did not have the typical teenage recreational activities in mind. The two driven teens wanted a chance to get up close and personal with what could be their future careers.

“I want to go into the medical field so I wanted to get the experience,” Mattes said.

She and Johnson served in a plethora of positions in the hospital, from coffee shop runner to operating room and ICU assistants.

“I began volunteering in the OR, and when I could not find a summer job I decided to also pick up volunteer hours delivering coffee,” Mattes said.

She noted delivering coffee throughout the hospital gave her the unique opportunity to meet people in all types of medical professions. Johnson, who also might enter the medical field, said the experience of volunteering helped her to know where she would and would not want to work in the future.

“I loved working in surgery, but I do not think I would pursue work in the ICU,” Johnson said.
Both girls on separate occasions were also presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – because of their hard work on the surgical unit they were invited to observe below-the-knee amputations.

“The doctor was great,” Mattes said. “He explained everything he was doing and let me ask questions.”

Neither said they were squeamish during the surgeries, and the experience solidified their interest in the medical field. 
“We are excited to already have more than 30 teens who have joined the year round teen volunteer program at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and who are already serving in various weekly assignments on evenings and weekends during the school year.” said Charlotte Confer. 

Teens interested in obtaining more information or applying for this dynamic year round teen volunteer opportunity can email Charlotte Confer.

Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center is a 404-bed, acute-care hospital offering orthopedic surgery, heart care, emergency care, general surgery, cancer care, obstetrics and gynecology, medical imaging, women’s diagnostic services, outpatient services, rehabilitation and behavioral care. Banner Del E. Webb is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 23 hospitals throughout the West. Supporting Banner Del E. Webb’s mission of excellent patient care is Sun Health Foundation, which encourages charitable giving to enhance health care delivery. In 2012, Thomson Reuters named Banner Health one of the Top 10 Hospital Systems in the U.S.

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