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Volunteer FAQs

Volunteer Activity Suspended

Volunteer Activity and Job Shadows have been suspended for the next 30 days. You are welcome to complete an application and our online orientation but we will not schedule you for your health screening or interview until this restriction has been lifted. Please feel free to contact our department if you have any further questions.


  • Minimuum of 6 months or 100 hour commitment
  • Age 16 and above

What is the application process?

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Please carefully review the Requirements Section and FAQ of this page before completing an application. Remember that volunteers must commit to six months of consecutive service, and placement in a certain department is not guaranteed. In order for your application to be accepted and reviewed, the following must be submitted.

  • After reviewing the requirements and FAQ, please complete our online volunteer application.  Make sure to fill out all necessary fields. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • References must be someone who is familiar with your professional skills, such as a teacher, supervisor, co-worker, or anyone who knows you on a professional basis.   If professional references are not available, personal references may be used.
    • Family members cannot be used as references.
  • After you complete your application form and submit it, you will receive an email with information on how to schedule your appointment with Employee Health to provide your health clearance. 
    • Your appointment with Employee Health must be scheduled within 1 month of submitting your application.
  • After we have received Health Clearance, an interview will be held.  
  • After a successful interview, references will be contacted, and a background check will be run.
  • Orientation will be scheduled, along with training for your position.

What are the requirements for becoming a volunteer?

As a volunter you will hold as absolutely confidential all information, which you may obtain directly or indirectly concerning patients, doctors, or personnel and you will not seek confidential information in regard to a patient.

You understand youry services are donated to Virginia Mason Memorial without contemplation of compensation or future employment and are given with humanitarian or charitable reasons.

You are informed of the required minimum time commitment of 6 months or 100 hours. You understand what is expected and you are committed to fulfilling this requirement.

Minimum age requirement - 16 years old. If 16 years old, student must have parent permission slip signed and returned to Volunteer Services. A students age can limit them on where they can volunteer (CCU or Hospice for example)

Health Screening-

Proof of vaccinations or immunity by lab (titers) for:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Varicella (Chicken pox)

Two Step Tuberculosis Skin Test

  • Please bring previous TB Skin Tests or TB lab tests

Influenza Vaccine

  • All volunteers must be vaccinated annually with the current seasonal vaccine if volunteering during November 1st through May 1st.

Hint:  To locate records, check with previous employers, parents, baby book, high school/college, physician, military, local/state health department.  If you are unable to obtain these health records, Inspire Health orders blood tests and provides vaccinations and/or tuberculosis testing at no cost to you.

Security Screening-A background check is run prior to any volunteer being placed

Commitment-We require a minimum of a 6 month/100 hour commitment

Age-Minimum of 16 years old.  Some specific programs may have other age requirements

If I volunteer, will I get a job at VMM?

Volunteering does not guarantee any type of employment

Can I continue volunteering after my initial 6 month commitment is fulfilled?

Absolutely!  We will keep you on the schedule until you notify us that you will be resigning

How long do you keep applications?

The application is marked as rejected if we do not receive health clearance from Employee Health within 30 days of application.  However, we can always reactive your application…just contact our office!!

Can I volunteer for community service hours?

Yes, if it is for school, we are able to find a volunteer site, and you are able to meet the hours commitment. If it is court appointed, we are, unfortunately, unable to place you.  Please be aware that you must complete at least 100 hours of service per our volunteer requirement prior to having any school required paperwork signed off confirming your hours.  This applies even if your requirement is less than 100 hours.

Do you offer letters of reference to volunteers?

Definitely!  Once you complete your 6 month/100 hour commitment, we will be happy to issue a letter of reference

I need to obtain a certain number of volunteer hours for school requirements.  Will this be possible at VMM?

We are unable to guarantee that you will be able to obtain a specific number of hours, nor can we guarantee the type of contact (working with RN, MD, etc)  during your volunteerism.

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COVID-19 News & Announcements

Mask Requirements

To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) would like to remind all patients and visitors that masks are REQUIRED at all VMM facilities, including our clinics.

To conserve supplies, we request that all patients and visitors bring masks to their appointments. A limited number of reusable cloth masks, made by community members, will be available if you need one.

We also strongly encourage all community members to wear masks when in public this is one of our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATED! May 26: New Visitation Policy

As a response to the current community situation with COVID-19, we are suspending most in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. The decision to suspend hospital visits was difficult and made only after careful consideration.
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Prescription Home Delivery

We now offer home delivery for your prescription medications.

Learn more »

Visitors to Generations OB/GYN

As part of our continuing efforts to focus on patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Generations has changed its visitor policy.

No visitors will be allowed for clinic visits, with the only exceptions being:

1 Visitor will be allowed for the first OB appointment
1 visitor will be allowed at the 20 week anatomy ultrasound

Visitors to the Family Birthplace

Women in the Family Birthplace may have one visitor.

Telehealth: Your questions answered

Learn more about joining one of our providers for a Telehealth visit »

COVID-19 Evaluation Clinic

Our Creekside HealthyNow location is now a COVID-19 evaluation clinic. If you have cough and fever, please schedule your visit at our Creekside Location. Please list your symptoms in the reason for visit so our team is better prepared to assist you.

This location completes an evaluation to determine if you're a candidate for COVID testing. Learn more »

Physician Recruitment:

Our Physician and Provider recruiting efforts have been modified in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, we are scheduling phone calls with interested candidates, but site visits are not allowed. Also, we will not be extending contracts during the acute phase of the COVID-19 response. Please know how much we appreciate your interest in us and how much we hope to have the opportunity to consider you further for a role with VMM.

Please contact us at physicianrecruitment@yvmh.org to schedule a phone call with one of our recruiters.

Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19

For prayers and spiritual care requests please email spiritualcare@yvmh.org

Tele-Chaplaincy

There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal or hospital room phone to connect confidentially with a hospital chaplain. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, if you are part of a faith community the chaplain can help you connect with them, and, if desired, the chaplain can provide prayer.

Virtual Chaplaincy

There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal or hospital room phone to connect confidentially with a hospital chaplain. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, if you are part of a faith community the chaplain can help you connect with them, and, if desired, the chaplain can provide prayer.

Elective Surgeries

Based on directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Virginia Mason Memorial is postponing elective surgeries and procedures.

Hospital Lab Services

All out-patient lab services - including newborn screens and bilirubin collections - will now be provided at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday.

Hospital Pharmacy

Beginning Thursday, March 19, the hospital pharmacy is closed to the public for the duration of the pandemic. The public may choose to have those prescriptions transferred to VMM's Pharmacy at Creekside or the pharmacy of their choice.

The Pharmacy at Creekside, 4003 Creekside Loop, is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers walk-in or drive-through options for pickup.

Farmacia Del Hospital

A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, la farmacia del hospital estará cerrada al público mientras dure la pandemia. El público puede escoger si quiere que sus recetas sean transferidas a la otra farmacia de Virginia Mason Memorial, localizada en la clínica Cornerstone o también puede elegir cualquier otra farmacia de su preferencia. La clínica de Cornerstone, está localizada en el 4003 Creekside Loop. En esta farmacia se puede recoger la medicina por la ventana y/o adentro de la clínica.

Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. y sábado y domingo de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:30 pm