Medical Center Director of Volunteer Services at Floyd Medica Center, Amy Astin says volunteers are more frequently honing specific skills while helping the hospital. Astin spoke Monday to the Rome Kiwanis Club and says volunteer opportunities are available for virtually everyone over the age of 18 and there are some roles that can be filled by volunteers as young as fourteen. A good way to learn more about operations in a hospital setting and gain some initial experience is through volunteering according to Astin.

She says patients benefit when hospital staff and volunteers work together to provide service. Astin says many volunteer groups are greatly appreciated as they provide valuable services that help ease the financial challenges and free up time for medical professionals to do their jobs. There are 28-hundred professionals caring for patients according to Astin who says the current 271 volunteers are valuable contributors, directly or indirectly, to patient aid. Astin says more volunteers are always being sought and she encourages everyone to inquire about the opportunities.