MEDworld Volunteer Sign-Up
Volunteer opportunities include the following: collection of donated supplies at UNC Hospitals, sorting donated medical equipment and supplies, inventory, and packing supplies for shipments in the warehouse, as well as helping in the areas of administration and fundraising.
Volunteers are given a 2-hour training session in MEDworld collection and warehouse operations. To ensure hospital safety procedures are followed, volunteers complete a 2-hour Universal Precautions Training session through the UNC Hospitals Volunteer Services. Both training sessions are required for volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer, contact Ella Akin: email@example.com
For more information on the UNC Hospitals training requirements and an application for volunteering at UNC Hospitals, go to the following site:
We ask that volunteers commit to working with MEDworld for a minimum of one year. Volunteers are offered opportunities to shadow hospital physicians in clinical care.
Supplies commonly donated are gloves, gauze, wound supplies, syringes, Foleys, sutures, and hygienic supplies. Please refer to our flier for a list of appropriate supplies.
How To Drop Off Supplies
MEDworld has the following drop-off sites on the UNC medical campus for convenient drop-off of appropriate supplies.
Download and print our PDF flier with important supply requirements.
LABOR AND DELIVERY
Location: On the 4th floor of the Women’s Hospital. This bin is located in the storage room just in front of the secretary’s desk. Go to the 4th floor of the women’s hospital, then pick up the phone and ask the secretary to let you into the labor and delivery room area. Walk around the nurses station and the storage room is just to your left.
MAIN HOSPITAL OPERATING ROOMS and OPERATING ROOM ANNEX
Location: On the 2nd floor in the main hospital. In between patient waiting areas suite B and suite A there is a door labeled "Surgical Services," (Surgical Services is right in front of Vascular Interventional Radiology). Go through the Surgical Services door, the bin is on the left of the hallway.
Location: After exiting 2nd floor main elevators pass through both sets of double doors on opposite side of hallway (from elevators). The bin is located at end of hallway on the right.
PEDIATRICS INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
Location: 2nd floor of the Women’s hospital. Go the 2nd floor of the main hospital and cross over into the women’s hospital. Follow the signs to the “Pediatrics intensive care unit”. Our bin is in the soiled utility room next to the bathroom.
CENTRAL STERILE PROCESSING
Location: Ground floor of main hospital, down the main hallway past the central distribution entrance on the right.
FOURTH FLOOR OPERATING ROOMS
Location: Go to the fourth floor of memorial hospital, take the silver or blue elevators so that you end up near the Anderson wing, where the 4700 patient rooms are. When you come out of the elevators, look for the Trauma department sign, right in front are double wooden doors that lead to the operating rooms. Go to the pre-operative area, walk straight past the patient beds and our bin is around the corner on the wall.
FOURTH FLOOR OLD CLINIC BUILDING
This collection bin has been eliminated because of the large amount of unusable and research related laboratory supplies placed in the bin.
NOTE: ALL BINS MUST BE RETURNED TO THEIR ORIGINAL LOCATION.
For more information about MEDWorld Collections, contact:
MEDworld is supported by the UNC Health Care system and operates out of UNC Hospitals. Our institutional supporters include UNC Central Distribution, UNC Sterile Processing, the UNC Staff Council and the UNC Department of Surgery. For more information about MEDWorld, contact:
Carol Shores, MD - Carol_Shores@med.unc.edu
Pictured on left: Dr. William Roper, CEO of UNC Health Care, presents a $250 check to MEDworld to Jennifer Satinsky, a UNC Health Care Ambassador and MEDworld volunteer, on October 21, 2010. Pictured on top right: Lauren Hurley of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity at UNC presented a $1,000 check to MEDworld's volunteer for development, Ella Akin, for 2009. Pictured on bottom right: Jennifer Satinsky, a UNC Health Care Ambassador, presents Ella Akin of MEDworld a check for $250 on October 21, 2010.
You can mail a check to MEDworld too! Please make your check payable to MEDworld and send it to:
c/o Medical Foundation of NC
880 MLK Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2600
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For more information about MEDworld, contact:
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