Teen Volunteers at Dignity Health Get to the Heart of the Matter

Unique Nationally Recognized Program Educates High School Students


What: Approximately 24 high school students from across the Valley, who volunteer for the summer at Dignity Health’s Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers, will have the rare opportunity to learn how to perform electrocardiograms (EKGs) and practice performing them on one another during a unique educational session. Part of Dignity Health’s nationally acclaimed Volunteen Program, the event will provide the teens with insight from medical professionals and an exclusive tour of the East Valley’s newest freestanding emergency room.

When: Tuesday, July 14 - 11 a.m. to noon

Where:   Dignity Health AZ General Hospital Emergency Room - Chandler

                 2977 E. Germann Rd.

                 Chandler, AZ 85286

Who: Approximately 24 of Dignity Health’s “volunteens” will be split into three groups of eight for hour-long demonstrations.

Media is invited to cover the last tour of eight students from 11 a.m. to noon.

Why: Each year, Dignity Health Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers offer a highly competitive summer volunteer program for students ages 14 to 18. Dignity Health’s Volunteen Program looks to develop leaders by teaching critical thinking skills in a real workplace environment and offering education from experts in the health care industry. The “volunteens” must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5, and are selected through a rigorous screening process which includes a detailed application, two letters of recommendation, and two essay questions.

“Gaining exclusive insight prepares students for a future in the health care field,” said Barb Farmer, Manager of Volunteer Services at Dignity Health Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. “If we lay that foundation when they’re young, they will be more prepared when they graduate college. The program provides invaluable insight into the world of medicine, molding students into compassionate leaders.”

Media wishing to cover this story on the day of the event can call 619.490.6691.


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