“Today we’re training all the new department coordinators, or the new volunteers coming in who are hoping to have a bigger position in the Care Extender Program,” says Cheryl Huynh, a volunteer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I have an appreciation for all the new staff, our supervisors, our [...]

By uclahealth • August 19, 2019

Close to 50 high school students from the greater Los Angeles area took part in two weeklong summer programs designed to introduce them to various careers in healthcare. “We created the Pre-Med Summer Scholar Program in response to numerous requests from our teen volunteers who wanted more exposure to health [...]

By uclahealth • August 6, 2019

“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 [...]

By uclahealth • May 13, 2019

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 [...]

By UCLA50Plus • May 8, 2019

“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 [...]

By uclahealth • April 30, 2019

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 [...]

By uclahealth • April 15, 2019

“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 [...]

By uclahealth • April 12, 2019

“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 [...]

By Jane Murcia with Photos from Nick Carranza • April 11, 2019

“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 [...]

By uclahealth • April 11, 2019

“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, [...]

By uclahealth • April 10, 2019