Walk into any Alta Bates Summit campus, and one of the very first people you’ll see is a Volunteer. Volunteers serve as assistants in the Registration Department, helping in the processing of hundreds of patients each month; Volunteers greet everyone approaching the Lobby Information Desk, answering questions, locating patients, and serving as escorts to treatment areas; Volunteers push the wheelchairs of new mothers and babies as they leave the hospital to go home; Volunteers help patients with their menus, explain television choices and sooth relatives waiting in the Emergency Rooms.
Volunteers staff the Family Resource Center, providing calm and quiet oases of comfort for families of surgical patients. Volunteers also help visitors select perfect gifts from our beautiful Gift Shops; cuddle newborns in the NICU; run errands for nursing units to the lab and medical records and render other needed assistance for both patients and staff. Behind the scenes, a Special Projects Volunteer group enjoy each other’s company while taking care of departmental requests for assistance with one-time or continuing events and ad hoc requests. There are more than forty services to choose from.
Physician Shadowing Program for This program is a reward program, only offered to our top notch collegiate volunteers who have completed 200+ hours. The program may consist of 3 shadowing experiences, 3-4 hours each, depending on the physician’s schedule. Shadowing experiences may include accompanying physicians on patient visits in the units, observing surgeries taking place in the operating room, or observing procedures conducted by the physician on his/her patients. Physicians from various disciplines have offered to participate in this program, so each experience will be varied and unique.
Please note: Volunteers who hold or have held a certification or license for which he or she is normally paid may not volunteer in the clinical departments.
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
2450 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Collegiate Volunteer Program
Phone: (510) 204-2032
Adult Volunteer Program
Phone: (510) 204-1695