Medical Center Hospital in Need of Volunteers

by Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Medical Center Hospital is on the hunt for volunteers.  They have a dire shortage and especially need a helping hand in the Womens Imaging Center.

"There is a nationwide shortage of volunteers. With an employment shortage you can only imagine what the shortage is for volunteers," Pat Garcia, Director of Volunteer Services, said.

Fewer people volunteering their time in a bad economy has Medical Center Hospital asking for your help.    Also for the first time the Women's Imaging Center is also recruiting volunteers.

"Volunteers hold such a special place at Medical Center Hospital, and we really want to get a volunteer program started at the Women's Imaging Center," Carol Evans, Director of Imaging Services, said.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the imaging center is expecting a huge increase in patients

From helping patients navigate the hospital to just being a friendly face, volunteers provide a vital service for patients.

"There are here for the first time, never had a screening before. They are nervous, but just to have that friendly face it just makes all the difference," Garcia said.

MCH Volunteers donate 8 hours a month, and you must be 18 years or older to become a volunteer.  For more information, please call (432)-640-2243.