Van Diest Medical Center volunteers – both men and women – assist with patient care and amenities, or volunteer in a specific department of the hospital to help with a variety of tasks.  The Volunteer Greeter program was established in the new VDMC facility in September 2010.  Volunteers staff the information desks at each entrance and welcome patients, families and visitors upon their arrival, and help direct or escort them to their destination.  They strive to offer a warm, welcoming and helpful environment.

Our Bedside Volunteers are equipped with a Comfort Cart specifically designed with items including crossword puzzles, games, books, music, movies, and many other comfort geared items. This comfort tool kit gives volunteers the opportunity to meet the emotional and social needs of our patients. Quite often it is not the game the volunteer may be playing with the patient that has the most impact, but the caring one-on-one interaction that makes the difference. Volunteers have time to provide this extra level of care. Our volunteers are simply guided by the idea, “If you look for opportunities to make a difference, you will find them!”

Volunteers also help in various departments with special tasks such as filing, preparing mailings, making copies, computer data entry, or other projects as requested.  Our volunteers are an essential part of our service at Van Diest Medical Center.

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

We are always looking for new members to join the team! If you are interested in volunteering and joining a wonderful program, please contact Anne Blankenship by phone at 515.832.7810 or by email at