Volunteer at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital 

Join our Exceptional Team of Volunteers

Who we are

SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system - one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation. At SSM Health St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, we have a flexible and diverse team of over 175 volunteers who gave 25,000 hours of their time last year.

What volunteers do

Volunteers work alongside our physicians, nurses and other employees to provide exceptional service to patients and visitors.

Where volunteer opportunities are

Opportunities are available on our Nursing Units and in our Emergency Department, Procedure Center, Imaging Center, Cardiac Rehabilitation Gym, Pastoral Care Department and more. View additional opportunities. New opportunities become available every month.

Why you should volunteer 

Our mission is Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God. We fulfill our mission by making our values central to everything we do: Compassion, Respect, Stewardship, Community and Excellence.

Requirements to volunteer

New volunteers must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be at least 16 years of age
  • You must have been tobacco-free for the past six months
  • You must commit to at least 100 hours of volunteer service over the next 12 months

Required Health Screening Documents – Need to Be Returned At Least Two Weeks Prior to Attending New Volunteer Orientation:

  • You must provide documentation of immunity for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (two doses of the MMR vaccine or a blood test showing immunity). Those born BEFORE 1957 are exempt from this requirement.
  • You must provide documentation of two separate tuberculosis tests (PPD), each with a negative result. The first one can be from anytime in the past 12 months. The second one can be from anytime up to 30 days prior to your attendance at new volunteer orientation.
  • For volunteers starting to serve in October through April: You must provide a record of the current year’s flu vaccination.
  • Please note: Before starting to volunteer in any area with pediatric and/or maternity patients (e.g. Family Birthplace, Emergency Department, etc.) you must provide documentation of immunity for Varicella (two doses of the Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, a blood test showing immunity, or documented history of the disease by a healthcare provider).

How to apply to be a volunteer

These are the steps to take to become a new volunteer:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. You will receive an email within 7 days inviting you to come for a 45-minute group interview.
  3. Come to the interview. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you better and for you to learn more about volunteer service here.
  4. If we mutually decide volunteering here is right for you, you will be given a volunteer candidate packet, including a self-study guide and required forms to be completed.
  5. Return the following to the volunteer office (physically or electronically) at least two weeks prior to attending new volunteer orientation:
    • New Volunteer Self-Study Verification and Quiz
    • Volunteer Information Form
    • Volunteer Commitment Statement
    • Confidentiality and Security Agreement
    • Corporate Responsibility Process Acknowledgment
    • Hepatitis B Declination Form
    • All Required Health Screening Documents (see page 1 for the definition)
  6. After we receive all the documents listed above, we will invite you to attend a new volunteer orientation. We will also assign you to your volunteer position(s) and plan your volunteer schedule which will begin after you attend new volunteer orientation.  Orientations are held at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, 6420 Clayton Road in Richmond Heights:
    • The second Friday of every month from 1 – 3 pm
    • The fourth Tuesday of every month from 1 – 3 pm

      Orientations are held in the Sr. Betty Brucker Room on the Ground Floor of SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, behind Outpatient Registration, next to the West Entrance.

      Between the time you return your required documents and the time you come to orientation, we will run the required background checks.
  7. Attend new volunteer orientation. We will review important information regarding safety and compliance.
  8. On the day of your first scheduled shift, report to the volunteer office at your scheduled start time. We will issue your ID badge and volunteer uniform and introduce you to your service area where you will receive on-the-job training. Please note: High school and college students need to bring $12 cash on their first day to pay for their SSM Health polo shirt uniform.