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Morris Hospital seeks transportation volunteers

Additional drivers sought to take patients to appointments Monday through Friday

The Morris Hospital transportation service provides more than 15,000 rides annually.
The Morris Hospital transportation service provides more than 15,000 rides annually.

Morris Hospital is actively recruiting volunteers for its patient transportation service.

Currently, the patient transportation service provides community members more than 15,000 rides to medical appointments annually, with six vehicles on the road Monday through Friday.

Both drivers and drivers’ assistants are needed. Working in pairs, drivers operate the vehicle, while drivers’ assistants help navigate the route. Both drivers and drivers’ assistants work together to safely assist patients on and off the handicap accessible buses.

Patient Transportation volunteers must be age 21 or older, and drivers must have a valid Illinois driver’s license. A CDL driver’s license is not required.

Patient Transportation volunteer shifts typically last 4 to 6 hours.

Although it is preferred that volunteers work one shift a week, the
frequency of volunteering can be adjusted according to the volunteer’s schedule.

“The volunteers with our Patient Transportation service get so much from volunteering,” said Tina Carter, manager of Patient Transportation at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers. “In addition to making new friends and meeting great people, volunteering helps them stay active and gives meaning and purpose to their lives. Many of them tell me that their day is better when they help somebody.”

All Morris Hospital volunteers receive orientation and training in order to carry out their specific responsibilities.

Uniforms and a picture identification badge are provided. In appreciation of their service, Morris Hospital provides volunteers complimentary flu shots, meals in the hospital on the day of service, and recognition for service hours.

For information about volunteering for the Patient Transportation Service or to learn about other volunteer opportunities at Morris Hospital, call 815-705-7022.

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers serves patients at 25 locations, including Morris, Braidwood, Channahon, Coal City, Dwight, Gardner, Marseilles, Mazon, Minooka, Newark, Ottawa and Yorkville.

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