Thank you for your interest in Swedish Medical Center’s adult and junior volunteer program.

Our dedicated volunteers are valued members of our Swedish Medical Center team and an integral part of providing exemplary service to our patients and their families.

Our mission is first and foremost—Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. It is a privilege to care for patients in their most vulnerable state, during difficult times in their lives. Our HealthONE vision is to provide exceptional health to every human being and our shared values is I.C.A.R.E – Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

It is our goal at Swedish Medical Center to provide clinical excellence and exceptional service to our patients, physicians and employees and to preserve and strengthen the Swedish tradition of community service.

Unique opportunities throughout the hospital

At Swedish we offer a variety of unique opportunities for our volunteers that allow them to create extraordinary patient experiences within our facilities. Examples include:

  • Staffing our information desk and waiting rooms
  • Adding support and comfort on our patient floors and in our emergency department
  • Delivering flowers, packages and mail to patients
  • Visiting patients and escorting visitors throughout the hospital
  • Helping patients access their electronic health records portal
  • Staffing our cancer resource center
  • Volunteering with our animal assisted therapy program
  • Becoming a part of our No One Dies Alone Program
  • Joining our junior volunteer program for ages 14-17

All volunteer positions are non-clinical and placement is contingent on the applicants’ interests and the needs of Swedish Medical Center. Learn more about our opportunities.

Volunteering is beneficial for everyone

Whether you are volunteering to fulfill a service requirement, to make new friends or to make an impact at Swedish Medical Center, it's been proven that volunteering is beneficial to the volunteer as well as the organization and people he/she works with.

In addition to working at a fun, close-knit organization that is forwarding a positive mission, our volunteers enjoy a few perks as a token of our thanks:

  • An orientation to the hospital and its operations
  • uniform to denote your special status
  • Free parking in a reserved area
  • free meal each day you serve
  • Service awards
  • Above all, the chance to make a difference!

How to become a volunteer

ALL volunteers are required to make a minimum six-month commitment for four hours per week. Only three absences are permissible during the initial six-month period. We strongly encourage you to assess your schedule to determine if you are able to fulfill this requirement prior to applying.

Ideal applicants for our junior volunteer program must be self-directed, motivated and demonstrate exceptional customer service and communication skills and have a strong interest in pursuing a career in healthcare. They must be between 14 and 17 years old.

Please note all new volunteers are required to commit to a consistent weekly basis, 4 hours per week, for a minimum of 6 months, 100 hours of service. Only three absences are permissible during the initial six-month period. Please note an application does not guarantee placement in the program.

We strongly recommend that you assess your schedule (academic, employment and extracurricular activities) and availability to determine if you are able to fulfill this requirement prior to applying. If your background check is approved by our human resources department, we will then be happy to extend an invitation for you to interview and if selected, attend a new volunteer orientation and discuss individual placement opportunities. 

Follow the steps below to get you on your way to becoming a Swedish volunteer.

  1. Complete the adult volunteer application or the junior volunteer application
  2. Complete the health screening form
  3. Complete the background check form
  4. Submit completed form via e-mail, or and send via mail to:

Volunteer Services at Swedish Medical Center
501 East Hampden Ave.
Englewood, CO 80113

Contact us

Should you have any additional questions, please contact our volunteer service office Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:00pm by calling (303) 788-6558.

Volunteer opportunities at Swedish Medical Center

Thank you for your interest in Swedish Medical Center's volunteer program. All volunteer positions are non-clinical and placement is contingent on applicant interests and the needs of Swedish Medical Center.

Animal assisted therapy

Animals enrich our lives. Denver Pet Partners enhances lives and promotes the human-animal bond through animal assisted patient visitation therapy at Swedish through trained Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) handler teams. Are you and your pet interested in becoming animal assisted therapy volunteers at Swedish? Visit Denver Pet Partners online or email Susan Horecki, executive director, or Linda Forsyth, Swedish team lead, for more information.

Cancer resource center

Swedish’s cancer resource center in Denver offers a one-stop comprehensive resource for cancer patients and their families to receive information and assistance. Our center is associated with the American Cancer Society, and is operated by staff and volunteers trained to assist individuals in finding and obtaining cancer resources, including appointment management, chaplaincy services, educational and emotional support services, integrated health services (acupuncture, massage), nutritional and palliative care services, wigs, and social work services and support groups. Volunteer positions are available Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm. Contact us now to be a part of this exciting program and help make a difference in a cancer patient's life!

Chaplain

Do you have a heart to serve others during a crisis situation? If so, consider becoming a Chaplain Volunteer. At Swedish, our Chaplaincy team works directly with patients and their families dealing with life altering situations and diagnoses. They are here to provide support, comfort and faith during these difficult and stressful times. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to do routine visits and respond to emergencies when a Chaplain is needed. This position is primarily for weekday evenings beginning at 4:00pm and volunteers must be on-call overnight during the week for emergencies. Candidates must be able to volunteer at least once a month and there is no limit to how many times a month you can sign up. To apply, please contact our director of chaplaincy, Gina Graves.

GI lab

Looking for dynamic volunteers to assist in our GI lab! Primary responsibilities include assessing unit nutrition needs, complete the order form and fax or take down to food and nutrition services, stock patient refreshment area and linen in rooms, maintain inventory of patient discharge folders, stuff folder, assemble scope ID tags, and store folders and report need to order folders and contents as necessary. Assist with wipe down and make carts after out-patient leaves. Escort patients and family members to and from waiting room and transport discharged patients down to valet by wheelchair or escort the ambulatory patient. Answer phones and miscellaneous office and filing duties. Positions available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings.

Emergency room

Swedish Medical Center has the expertise and experience to treat emergency patients with the most complicated illnesses and injuries at our Englewood location as well as our Swedish Southwest Emergency Room. Our experts treat nearly 70,000 patients annually, and our volunteers are an integral part of the process. Working with our ER personnel in non-clinical capacities, our volunteers enhance patients' visits. Volunteer positions are available seven days a week 8:00am - 10:00pm.

Multi-trauma unit meal pals

Looking for a very rewarding and personal patient-volunteer experience? Consider volunteering on our multi-trauma unit in our "Meal Pals" patient program by providing feeding assistance and companionship for patients recovering from a spinal cord or brain injury. For many of these patients, meal time is one of the most important and rewarding aspect of their days. Patients view this as a special time to visit, relax and enjoy their meals; additionally, receiving adequate nutrition and finishing a meal is essential. Working concurrently with our multi-trauma nursing staff, volunteers receive contact precaution and feeding assistance training to make the most out of this unique and fulfilling patient experience.

No One Dies Alone program

No one is born alone, and in the best circumstances, no one dies alone. Yet from time to time terminally ill patients come to Swedish Medical Center who have neither family or close friends to be with them as they near the end of life.

No One Dies Alone is a volunteer program that provides the reassuring presence of a companion to dying patients who would otherwise be alone. With the support of the nursing staff, companions are able to help provide patients with a priceless human gift: a dignified death.

No nursing skills are required. Companions should be willing to hold the hand of the patient, read to the patient, play music, fluff pillows, and assist in comfort care measures as requested by the patient or directed by the nurse.

To provide 24-hour coverage, a team of volunteers will be on call each week, ready to serve at the bedside. When a patient is identified, all volunteers available to help during that time will be notified and asked to respond quickly about their availability for two to four-hour shifts.

Patient ambassadors/escorts and patient visitation

At Swedish, our patients come first! Our dedicated volunteers are valued members of the Swedish healthcare team and are integral in delivering clinical excellence and exceptional service. These essential volunteers are committed to ensuring all patients and guests are welcomed at Swedish! As some of our most valued volunteer positions, ambassadors escort patients and visitors to their destinations. Patient visitation volunteers spend time conversing with patients who could benefit most from a visit. A commitment to service excellence and a desire to be of exceptional assistance to our patients and visitors is a must for these positions. Physical requirements: the ability to walk, stand and sit for extended periods of time.

Swedish Family Medicine Clinic patient portal education volunteer

Swedish Family Medicine is a primary care clinic and physician residency training program. Here volunteers work with our patients in the reception area assisting patients with accessing the eClinicalWorks patient portal or the Healow app. This technology-focused opportunity helps patients access their electronic health records, allowing them to see lab results, message their provider, request appointments and more. The position is available weekdays between the hours of 8:00am-Noon and 1:00pm-5:00pm. The volunteer must be comfortable with technology and be willing to teach patients that are 18 years of age and older how to access their own information.

Volunteer placement is determined by the interest, skills and availability of prospective candidates and the needs of Swedish Medical Center.