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Regional West Medical Center launches new volunteer program

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One KOTA territory hospital is offering an opportunity for locals to help them better serve the community.

Regional West Medical Center has announced a new volunteer program called the "Emergency Department Patient Ambassadors." These ambassadors will serve as the link between patients, their families, and the clinical staff.

Emergency department physician David Cornutt says that the tasks may seem small, but can make a world of difference.

"Mostly they're simple things, but they're very important," says Cornutt. "They include things like getting people a blanket when they're cold; communicating with the family when sometimes the staff is busy doing something else. It includes bringing the patient food if it's appropriate, sometimes even just sitting with patients that are sometimes confused or those kinds of things."

Emergency department clinical director Alice Fillingham says it is also a great opportunity for anyone seeking a career in the health care area.

"I think especially for our high school group, it gives them an exposure to the medical field. It lets them kind of see what they're going in to before they spend 8 years in medical school or 5 years in nursing school, whatever it may be," says Fillingham.

For more information on how to volunteer, contact Janelle Debes at 308-630-1271
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