Inpatient Care

Music for Healing

Volunteers may perform either at the patient's bedside or in an open area where patients and their families may come to listen. Musicians must demonstrate sensitivity to the special needs of patients and should have knowledge of soothing music. Volunteers may use voice, an instrument, or both.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Minimum hours: variable
  • Times to volunteer: Monday through Friday

Preventable Admissions Care Team (P.A.C.T.)

Volunteers research and refer community resources to patients, schedule medical appointments and transportation to the hospital, call insurance companies and pharmacies to verify benefits, and assist with clerical tasks.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Minimum hours: 4 hours per week for 4 consecutive months
  • Times to volunteer: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Patient Support and Liaison

Volunteers assist and comfort patients in waiting areas, answer non-medical questions, monitor and inform patients of their wait-time, and assist the reception desks with patient flow from waiting rooms to exam rooms. Volunteers may also assist with data collection for quality improvement studies.

  • Minimum age: 17
  • Minimum hours: 4 hours per week for 4 consecutive months
  • Times to volunteer: Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm; limited Saturday morning placements

Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT)

Individual volunteers and their dogs must be certified as a Pet Assisted Therapy team by a recognized organization [e.g. Good Dog Foundation, Therapy Dogs International, or Pet Partners] which recommends the team for hospital service. Each PAT team is screened by the Volunteer Department for suitability in our hospital environment.

  • Minimum age of volunteer: 16
  • Times to volunteer: 7 days a week

The Recananti/Miller Transplantation Institute

The RMTI is a multi-organ transplantation program. Volunteers assist with administrative tasks, serve as patient escorts and greeters, and assist with awareness walks and donor campaigns.

  • Minimum age: Varies with assignment
  • Minimum hours: 80-10 hours per week for 2 academic semesters
  • Summer commitment: 20 hours per week for 12 weeks
  • Times to volunteer: Varies with assignment

Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI)

Volunteer advocates with the SAVI program provide free and confidential advocacy, support and referral services to past and present survivors of rape, sexual assault, incest, and domestic violence. Volunteers also offer support to survivors' families and friends in the Department of Emergency Medicine. For further information, contact SAVI at 212-423-2140.

  • Minimum hours: one 12-hour on-call shift
  • Times to volunteer: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. once a month after successful completion of a 40-hour training course

Spiritual Care and Education

Volunteers of all religions and faith backgrounds are invited to visit patients who request a visit. Mount Sinai’s Pastoral Care volunteers help patients feel less lonely, experience a sense of community and can cheer patients through difficult times. Volunteers make a huge difference in the way people feel when they are in the hospital and can provide support and encouragement for family members. Learn more

Varsity Volunteer Corps

High school students learn what to expect when visiting patients in the hospital, how to feel comfortable meeting patients and families, and understand hospital staff roles and interactions with staff.

  • Minimum age: 15
  • Minimum hours: 2 consecutive hours/wk for 6 months or 4 hours/week for 8 weeks in summer
  • Times to volunteer: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Contact Us

Department of Volunteer Services
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1274
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-241-0478

For Registered Volunteers
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