Volunteer

May 13, 2019

Mini Horse Surprise

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I thought we were just going for a walk and he surprised me with this mini horse,” says Teresa Do, a first-time mother at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I’m at UCLA Health because I just gave birth to a baby girl five days ago and she’s in the neonatal intensive care unit. It’s kind […]

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Tags: Blue Moon, featured, neonatal intensive care unit, NICU, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA PAC, UCLA People-Animal Connection


Volunteer, Love People and Share Your Story

May 8, 2019

Volunteer, Love People and Share Your Story

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

Meet John “JJ” Goldrick, who volunteers at the information desk at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. JJ, 72, volunteers three days a week, and has been doing so since 2013. He is also a member of the hospital’s patient-family advisory council, an ambassador for the American Red Cross-Santa Monica Bay chapter and an active member […]

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Tags: 50 plus program, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica


Nursing Knowledge

April 30, 2019

Nursing Knowledge

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Nursing has been my dream job ever since I was a kid,” says Casey Kennedy, a nursing volunteer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “We help out the nurses and assist the care partners with the patientsand stuff around the floor. The care partners and nurses teach me their ways of doing things. They explain […]

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Tags: featured, nursing volunteer, UCLA Nursing, UCLA Volunteer, volunteering services


New Volunteer Services program celebrates patient birthdays

April 15, 2019

New Volunteer Services program celebrates patient birthdays

By uclahealth uclahealth

UCLA Health Volunteer Services has launched a new birthday program to help brighten the day for patients who would probably prefer to be spending their birthdays somewhere else. For adult patients who consent to be recognized on their birthdays, Volunteer Services arranges for a musician or student singers to perform the Happy Birthday song. They also deliver a […]

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Tags: birthday program, People-Animal Connection


Encouraging Normalcy

April 12, 2019

Encouraging Normalcy

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Twenty years ago my wife had cancer and was treated here. I decided at some point I would come back and be of assistance to the patients,” says Peter Berman, a volunteer for the past four years at the UCLA Health Boyer Oncology Center. “I saw a lot of individuals come in alone to get […]

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Tags: National Volunteering Week, oncology, UCLA Boyer Oncology Center, volunteer, volunteering services


Volunteering for U: 40 Years and Counting

April 11, 2019

Volunteering for U: 40 Years and Counting

By nickcarranza nickcarranza

“Volunteering here was life-changing for me,” says Jan Garber, who volunteered at UCLA Health 40 years ago. “I volunteered when I was 17 with a brand new program, Child Activity. It was a new concept in hospitalization for children. I now volunteer in the Child Life Program. I don’t remember as many long-term patients from […]

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Tags: featured, pediatrics, UCLA Health Volunteer


Information Desk

April 11, 2019

Information Desk

By uclahealth uclahealth

“We have a lot of people who don’t speak English and some of the volunteers speak other languages. I can help patients and their families who speak Spanish and French,” says Pilar Mac Daniel, pictured left, a volunteer at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center’s Information Desk. Patty Kadivar, pictured right, says, “Volunteering gives us […]

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Tags: National Volunteering Week, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Volunteer, volunteering services


Confirmation by a Smile

April 10, 2019

Confirmation by a Smile

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I knew I wanted to go into pediatrics when this little boy started to smile,” says Nareg Thomas, a Care Extender at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. “When I first entered the room, I was a little nervous because the nurses had been trying all day to interact with the boy, but he was super introverted. […]

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Tags: featured, National Volunteering Week, UCLA Care Extenders, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, UCLA Volunteer


Data Says a Lot

April 10, 2019

Data Says a Lot

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I’ve seen people who have been volunteering here for 10 and 12 years, and that says a lot about an organization and how it treats its volunteers,” says Sary Nguyen, an administrative intern in the volunteer office at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. “I don’t work with patients directly, but I manage all the volunteer […]

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Tags: hospital volunteer, National Volunteer Week, volunteer services


Birthday Cakes for Everyone

April 9, 2019

Birthday Cakes for Everyone

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I like to see people smile,” says Margarita Espinoza, a volunteer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I started making these tiny cakes for patient’s birthdays. The cakes are a candle with a little light and I think it helps the patients feel good. The first time I made one it took 20 minutes, but […]

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Tags: featured, hospital volunteer, National Volunteer Week, volunteer services