Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen Thanks High School Volunteers for Summer Service
09/12/2011

ALLEN, Texas — Gary Ge has spent 124 hours at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen this summer. Ge isn’t a patient though. He’s been volunteering his time in the Junior Volunteer program.

Texas Health Allen volunteers
Taking a break from rounds on the medical/surgical floor, junior volunteer Gary Ge (left), posed with fellow volunteer Nancy Lynch (center) and Andrea Babin, director of volunteer services.

Ge, an Allen resident, is about to start his senior year at the Texas Academy of Math and Science. “I really like helping people,” Ge said. “It’s really rewarding to know patients appreciate the volunteers that help them out. I’ve had a blast.”

Ge worked in numerous areas during the summer, but primarily helped in outpatient surgery, the pharmacy and with visiting patients on the medical and surgical floors. Each day volunteers visit patients in the hospital and ask if they can help make their stay more comfortable.

This summer, 23 students volunteered through Texas Health Allen’s Junior Volunteer program. They contributed more than 1,000 hours of service to the hospital from June through early August, said Andrea Babin, director of volunteer services.

High school students age 16 and older can apply to be Junior Volunteers in February. Junior volunteers complete an application and interview process and are matched with their interests. Junior volunteers typically are interested in medical careers so the experience helps them prepare for later life.

“They are investing in the community,” Babin said. “I encourage all our high school volunteers to continue giving their time when they go off to college.”

The volunteers are placed in a variety of areas in the hospital, including the gift shop, outpatient surgery, and the Breast Center.

“The junior volunteers make a vital contribution to the hospital,” said Sheila McKinney, hospital president. “We are so pleased to have these students helping our patients and their families have the best experience possible as they face health challenges. We appreciate the hard work our junior volunteers did over the summer.”

For more information on the hospital’s services or volunteer opportunites, visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 62-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 425 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.