While WellStar doctors and nurses care for a patient’s body, it’s often a volunteer that can help bring a smile to that patient’s face. Volunteers are an integral part of the WellStar family, and are needed at all of their hospitals and health parks. A WellStar volunteer can contribute in many different capacities. No matter where your strengths lie, there is sure to be a volunteer opportunity that’s perfect for you.

If you are looking for a way to be active in the East Cobb community, the WellStar East Cobb Health Park is looking for some additional volunteers! Volunteers are a very important part of the guest experience at the health park and these dedicated folks commit to at least one 4-hour shift per week (9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm). Health park volunteers go through volunteer training at WellStar Kennestone Hospital and request placement at the East Cobb Health Park. Volunteers work alongside the Guest Relations team greeting patients and guests, helping them navigate the building and other duties as needed to insure guests have the best experience possible. Health Park volunteers must be at least 18 years old and provide a medical release form signed by their physician.

Bob Andretta, a volunteer since the health park opened says “Among the many blessings I get from volunteering is seeing friends and acquaintances, who in some cases, I haven’t seen in 20-25 years. Also, putting a smile on the face of someone who walks in looking bewildered or frightened makes my day.”

Another dedicated volunteer, Mary Hagan, commented, “I like to think that my 4 years of volunteering has helped patients have the best possible experience while they are at WellStar East Cobb Health Park.”

If you want to make a difference and better the lives of patients at the WellStar East Cobb Health Park, be sure to visit www.wellstar.org and apply online. On WellStar’s homepage in the “What Would You Like To Do?” section, click on “volunteers/ patrons” and then select “volunteer my time”. Click on East Cobb Health Park in the right-hand column to locate the application.

This article originally appeared in our April issue of EAST COBBER, on page 45. Click here to view the digital edition.