Staff at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital cared for 37,525 patients in the pediatric emergency department, plus 6,429 in the pediatric “after hours” urgent care center during 2015. Also that year, surgeons operated on 5,373 pediatric patients.
In addition to 90 attending physicians, 40 residents and fellows, and 165 nurses, the children’s hospital depends on assistance from volunteers, including:
2 volunteers who help to keep the washer/dryer, family waiting room and family sleeping rooms clean;
3 pet therapy volunteers (with their four-legged friends) who help to reduce stress and anxiety by visiting with patients;
11 Family Resource Center volunteers who provide resources and media rentals – and sometimes just a friendly ear – to patients’ family and friends;
18 tutors who assist 2 teachers who help pediatric patients keep up with their schoolwork while they are hospitalized; and
35 child life volunteers in eight specialty areas of pediatrics who help provide a comforting environment for patients and visitors.
Children’s hospital volunteers make a weekly commitment for extended periods of time. If you’re interested, call Volunteer Services at 315-464-5180.
This article appears in the summer 2016 issue of Upstate Health magazine.