Volunteer Program

Valley View Hospital is community owned and operated, and exists to serve the health needs of the citizens of Glenwood Springs and the surrounding areas. It is our ultimate objective to promote wellness through the teamwork of qualified physicians and other health professionals. As a Volunteer,you are an important part of this team. Your contribution is appreciated and you are helping to provide a high standard of service to our patients.

Click here to view and/or print a Volunteer Application

Program Objectives:

  • To provide an opportunity for gaining the satisfaction of constructive civic service to the community.
  • To promote comfort and a sense of well being of the patient which is one of the volunteer's first considerations.

Qualifications & Requirements:

The following must be completed prior to volunteering:

1. Completed Volunteer Application
2. Background Check
3. Drug Screening
4. A series of TB testing
5. All applicants must complete an orientation which includes a tour of the hospital, reviewing the Volunteer Handbook, A General Safety Orientation, Overview of Volunteer Policy/Procedures and Responsibilities.
6. All applicants must be oriented to the hospital’s confidentiality policies & procedures, including signing a confidentiality statement and completing a competency review.

**Valley View Hospital Volunteers must be dependable,  willing to accept supervision, and able to respect confidentiality of patients**


All Volunteers must receive an orientation before working independently.
We do not want you to work if you are ill or if you have a cold, sore throat or any transmissible illness. Please notify us by phone if this is the case.

Dress Code:

All Volunteers wear hospital identification badges while on duty. Long hair should be tied or braided. Please do not wear dangling earrings or long necklaces, as such items can catch on things.

Work Schedule:

You may work any shift during the week. A 15-minute break is permissible in the middle of each shift. Report to your contact person when you take the break.

Patient Care Areas:

  1. When a patient room door is closed,check with nursing personnel before entering that room.
  2. Introduce yourself to patient and staff..
  3. Please leave the room when a doctor or nurse enters..
  4. Patient charts are confidential and essential to the care given by doctors and nurses.
  5. Do not handle the patient chart at any time.
  6. Do not witness any papers,permits, etc..
  7. Do not make purchases for patients (food,candy) unless approved by nursing personnel..
  8. Do not distribute food or water until you have checked that patient is allowed to have either.


The Volunteer program is under the direct supervision of the coordinators of volunteers and her staff. Policies, program and services must be approved by the hospital administrator, and the Director of Nursing. Each applicant will be interviewed by the coordinator of volunteers before acceptance.
  1. Those accepted must be oriented to:
    1. hospital ethics
    2. philosophy of volunteering
    3. uniform and dress code
    4. fire, safety, disaster procedures
    5. hospital tour
  2. After orientation, the volunteer is assigned to a specific service and must complete further training in certain procedures and be approved by the supervisor or clinical coordinator before practicing the procedures.
  3. Volunteers are evaluated regularly by the area supervisor and the coordinator of volunteers. They are evaluated on personality, dependability, performance, and cooperation with rules and policies.
  4. Any suggestions or problems relating to Volunteers should be discussed with the coordinator of volunteers.

For more information or to volunteer at Valley View Hospital, please call (970) 384-6656
Or...send an email to: Michele Orton, Volunteer Coordinator, at Michele.Orton@vvh.org.


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