Patient Care Volunteers
At Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, volunteers are a vital element of the care that the patient will receive, providing information, hospitality and support through a variety of programs. Volunteers need not have personal experience with cancer but more importantly a desire to help individuals who do. For more information about the following opportunities please contact the Yale-New Haven Hospital Volunteer Services office at (203) 688-2297.
- Navigator volunteers help “navigate” the new patient and their family on their first appointment day. Greeting, providing information, answering questions and serving as a liaison between the patient and the physician team.
- Patient Aide volunteers provide support to patients receiving treatment and their families. They assist the treatment center staff in providing hospitality, conversation, and a warm, caring environment.
- Ambassadors assist individuals as they arrive and depart, providing directions and escorting patients and visitors as needed throughout the facility.
- Reiki volunteers are certified Reiki practitioners who provide a gentle, hands-on energy healing technique to patients.