The Value of Volunteers

Volunteers make the world brighter for everyone at St. Luke’s!


Our volunteers are special people who act as ambassadors for our hospital as they give their time to make a difference for the patients at St. Luke’s Wood River. They do this by:

  • Showing the way
  • Being good listeners
  • Respecting confidentiality
  • Being responsive to needs
  • Being friendly and helpful
  • Being a team player

Volunteer Benefits: Besides the personal fulfillment one receives by providing care to those in need, volunteers also receive other benefits. These include:

  • Free flu shots
  • Free blood pressure checks
  • Free blood cholesterol, triglyceride, blood sugar and PSA screenings
  • Free CPR certification
  • Free Mountain Rides bus pass
  • Reduced monthly membership fee at St. Luke's Elks Rehab
  • Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
  • Volunteer Winter Social

Volunteer Opportunities: From providing wheelchair assistance to serving as the liason between Surgery Services clinical staff and the waiting family and/or friend of our patients, over 100 of St. Luke’s volunteers play a vital role in the daily operations of the medical center. The four main opportunities for volunteering at St. Luke’s Wood River include:

  • Guest Services – Volunteers greet, direct and escort patients and visitors; receive and deliver flowers; and provide discharge transport of all patients via wheelchair.
  • Surgery Services – Volunteers greet and assist patients and visitors to the surgical suite; assist family members waiting for patients in the surgery waiting area; and provide clerical assistance to surgery staff as needed.
  • Inpatient Services – Volunteers distribute magazines, newspapers and videos to patients; assist nursing staff with clerical tasks as needed.
  • Special Projects – Volunteers participate in print ads and television ads; participate in training drills for clinical staff; and provide support at community events.

To volunteer, email or
call (208) 727-8406

St. Luke's Wood River Foundation accepting a generous gift from the St. Luke's Wood River Volunteer Core.

Volunteers also help out in departments such as Medical Imaging, Health Information Services, Rehabilitation and Lab. Most volunteer services are performed in three-hour shifts. A general orientation and on-the-job training are provided to every volunteer.

How Do I Become a Volunteer?  If you are interested in becoming a St. Luke’s volunteer, or for information on any of the services listed above, call St. Luke’s Volunteer Services at (208) 727-8406.

If you are interesed in volunteering for St. Luke's Pet Therapy program, please click here.

The St. Luke's Wood River Volunteer Core Board is organized to assist the Board of Directors in advancing the interests of the hospital and its patients and to promote good public relations within the community. For more information call (208) 727-8406 or email

Retail Therapy, the gift shop at St. Luke's Wood River, is completely volunteer run and managed by the Gift Shop Committee of the Volunteer Core Board. All proceeds benefit hospital services and programs.

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