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Volunteer Services

As a Saint Mary’s volunteer, you will enjoy the opportunities and personal satisfaction of serving as an important member of our team. Volunteers provide a valuable service to our community and we are proud of our volunteer program’s history. Our volunteers serve our patient’s and staff in a range of ways, including:

  • Patient Deliveries
  • Patient Discharge and Family Support
  • Information Desks
  • Patient Rounding
  • Spiritual Care
  • Hospice Companionship, and more!

For further information, contact us at 775-525-6700

Becoming A Volunteer In The Hospital

If you are interested in taking an active role in helping people, have a passion for health care, and you are over the age of 18, we encourage you to apply to become a Saint Mary’s volunteer.

After reading Becoming A Volunteer and you feel you meet the qualifications, please complete and send the following Volunteer Application to the Volunteer Department at

Please Note: Submission of a volunteer application does not guarantee your approval as a Saint Mary’s Volunteer. Volunteer opportunities may vary based on the needs of our organization. Approved volunteers will be required to attend a full day general/volunteer orientation.

Hospice Volunteer Program

For individuals who want to help families of patients who are facing the end of their lives, Saint Mary’s Hospice of Northern Nevada welcomes volunteers. Hospice volunteers are required to complete a specialized training program and, after training, typically give four hours of their time each week. Volunteer opportunities within the Hospice Volunteer Program include:

  • Providing companionship for Hospice patients and families
  • Providing bereavement support
  • Doing simple tasks for Hospice patients and families
  • Assisting in the Hospice office

Please be aware that prior to serving as a hospice volunteer you will be required to complete an extensive orientation and training program. For more information, contact our Hospice Volunteer Program at 775-525-6700.

Volunteer On Our Patient Advisory Council

What is an Advisor?

Patient and Family Advisors serve in a variety of healthcare settings sharing their personal stories to represent all patient and families in providing an educated perspective of care by bringing authenticity, empowerment, respect and inspiration to the design and delivery of healthcare systems. Patient and Family Advisor roles include partner, educator, speaker, listener, advocate, collaborator and leader, ensuring the focus of healthcare is centered on the patient and the family.

About the Advisory Council:

Saint Mary’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) is dedicated to working for and with the community, as a Center of Excellence by delivering compassionate, quality care. The PFAC strives to maximize outcomes for patients, families and employees by discovering hospital strengths and potential shortcomings and identifying opportunities to positively influence patient encounters. The PFAC council provides patients, families and employees with a voice; a safe, confidential forum in which to be heard, working together toward a common goal of assuring the best possible experience during a patient’s stay.

Common Questions

Who can join?

Any previous patient or family member of a patient of Saint Mary’s.

Are there age requirements?

Yes – all advisors must be over 18.

Are all who apply accepted?

No – Saint Mary’s PFAC is made up of a small group of 10-12 members. Due to our limited number of members, we must carefully select individuals who are willing and available to help discover ways to better our patient experience.

What would be my commitment level?

Saint Mary’s PFAC meets the 4th Thursday of each month. Each meeting lasts approximately an hour and a half. There is a one-time mandatory 2 hour long orientation.

Where would we meet?

Meetings are held at the Saint Mary’s campus.

Why should I join?

We learn best from you! You are the voice of our hospital. Your experiences and feedback are vital to discovering were we excel and where we have room to grow. Our patients and their families are the heart of organization.