The Ambassador Program complements and enhances the ideal patient care experience by providing guest services support to patients, their families and visitors to the U-M medical complex. Ambassadors greet visitors and assist them to designated areas within the hospital complex. Upon discharge, Ambassadors are available to assist families with exiting the hospital.Discharge from the hospital is often a stressful time; patients are nervous and frequently need assistance leaving the hospital. We want to provide a good “last impression” and ensure our patients do not feel “abandoned” when they are discharged.
Before coming to Unit find out:
After arrival at room:
Qualifications: Must be physically able to walk long distances and lift more than 20 pounds. Excellent communication skills. Friendly and outgoing with a commitment to service.
Training: In addition to the General New Volunteer Orientation, volunteers will complete specialized training that includes: way-finding and orientation to the hospital complex, body mechanics (assisting patients into and out of wheelchairs), and an overview of Service Excellence and Patient & Family Centered Care philosophes.
2 - 4 Hour Shifts:
Monday - Friday from 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
(same shift each week)
Comments from patients and families regarding the Ambassador Volunteer Program:
“We were so grateful that we didn’t have to be uncertain of how to leave the hospital when our child was just out of recovery.”
“It was so comforting to have support and assistance as we leave after a long day at the hospital.”