“Volunteer activities help to improve self-confidence, self-esteem, reduce blood pressure, improve immune functions and studies have shown volunteers live longer lives than non-volunteers." American Red Cross, Southern Maryland Chapter, 2/2009 Newsletter.
There's never been a more exciting time to volunteer at Lutheran Medical Center. Volunteers are a part of a team dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our patients, employees and physicians. Lutheran offers widely diverse and rewarding volunteer opportunities.
When you join the Lutheran Volunteer Program, you become a part of one of Colorado's largest and most progressive volunteer networks. Lutheran volunteers are 700 strong and range in age from 14 to 92. And every year, volunteers give over 95,000 hours of service to Lutheran Hospital and other SCL Health sites. Plus through fundraising they donate more than $200,000 annually to support the hospital.
In 1905, the Evangelical Lutheran Sanitarium was founded to help meet the needs of tuberculosis sufferers, who were seeking the healing benefits of a high dry climate. Begun as an outreach program of Saint John's Lutheran Church in Denver, financial support soon spread to the Lutheran Church as a whole, and the scope of the facility grew by leaps and bounds.
In 1921, patients and staff moved into a Pavilion which provided patient rooms opening to a south facing screened porch, an operating room, x-ray laboratory, administration facilities, library, dining room and kitchen. The advent of antibiotics in the 1940's changed tuberculosis treatment. Suddenly, fresh air and sunshine took a minor role, and the need arose to convert the Sanitarium to a general hospital.
Volunteer Program History
The Sanitarium was remodeled and opened as a community-based, not-for-profit, general medical facility in 1961 on a 100 acre campus. Though its name comes from its original ties to the Lutheran Church, the hospital is independent of any church affiliation. When the acute care hospital was formed in 1961, a call went out to interested persons in the community to form a volunteer support group.
In 1962, the Lutheran Medical Center Auxiliary was organized about 100 members participating. The Auxiliary served with distinction for 35 years, accumulating several million hours of total services and contributing $6,000,000 in funding and equipment to the hospital. Within a few years, Lutheran Medical Center was home to the largest hospital volunteer program in Colorado, a position it continues to hold today.