Frequently Asked Questions
The following are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about volunteering at St. Anthony Hospital:
Q: Are there age requirements to volunteer at St. Anthony Hospital?
A: Yes. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Some volunteer opportunities may be limited due to additional age requirements.
Q: I don't have a Social Security Number. Can I still apply to volunteer?
A: No. A valid Social Security Number is required because no other form of identification can be substituted for our verification process.
Q: I have court-ordered community service. Can I volunteer at St. Anthony Hospital?
A: No. We cannot accept court-ordered service volunteers.
Q: Where do I send my completed application?
A: You may complete and submit your application online here. All applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the Authorization to Volunteer.
Q: What will happen if I don't agree to complete the screening process?
A: According to laws and health care regulations, all prospective volunteers are required to complete our screening process, which includes a thorough background check and health screening. Those who do not complete the screenings will not be able to volunteer at St. Anthony Hospital. This process, though rigorous, helps to ensure the health and well-being of our volunteers, staff and the patients and families we serve. As a result, it is a benefit to you as well as to St. Anthony Hospital.
Q: What should my immunization record show?
A: We require proof of immunization against MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and Chickenpox (Varicella). If you do not have records of these immunizations, you may ask your physician to draw a blood titer to determine which vaccinations you have received. If you have not had the above immunizations, you will need to receive before volunteering; the costs of obtaining those immunizations will be your responsibility to incur, so you may want to check with your insurance provider or physician's office.
Q: Where can I get a physical or have blood titers drawn to prove immunity?
A: Your family physician should be able to assist; however, if you don't have a physician or don't live close to your physician's office, you may call the volunteer office to arrange a blood draw at St. Anthony Central Hospital. All costs of obtaining a physical or immunizations are your responsibility, so you may want to check with your insurance provider or physician's office.
Q: Why do I need a Tuberculosis (TB) test and what does it involve?
A: Volunteers are required to have a QuantiFERON-TB Gold blood test. This is a new FDA approved blood test for the detection of tuberculosis (TB) infection. As a modern alternative to the traditional tuberculin skin test (TST), the QuantiFERON Gold TB test offers a simpler and more accurate, reliable, and convenient TB diagnostic tool. This test is highly specific and can strongly predict true positive TB infection. The test results are obtained by a one-time blood draw. Once you complete the blood test you will only be required to complete a written TB survey form every year thereafter.
Q: I had a TB test within the past year. Do I just need to complete the rest of the health assessment?
A: If you have had a TB skin test this year, you are still required to do a QuantiFERON-TB Gold blood test. If you have already had a QuantiFERON Gold blood test, please contact the volunteer office to determine if another is required.
Q: Who should I contact if I still have questions?
A: If you have questions or would like additional information, please call the Volunteer Services Department at 720-321-4070 or email@example.com