Low Moor, VA, August, 2013 – Seven area teens volunteered more than 295 hours at LewisGale Hospital Alleghany this summer. Their service was part of a six-week teen volunteer program offered through a partnership between the Southwest Virginia Area Health Education Centers and LewisGale Hospital Alleghany.  The program was funded in part by a grant from the Alleghany Foundation.

To qualify for the summer program, the teens had to be at least fourteen years old with a “C” average or above and have an interest in the medical field.  During the program, they had an opportunity to shadow employees in various hospital departments to explore various medical careers.

 “The teen volunteers did a great job this summer,” said Jared Wallace, Teen Volunteer Coordinator. “They were ready to work and eager to please all throughout the hospital.”

To fulfill the requirements of the program, the teens had to volunteer a minimum of eighteen hours.

The teen volunteers completing the 2013 summer program included Madison Crosier, Casey Lofton, Mekiela Scott, Lacey Shifflett, Trey Via, Samantha Wolfe, and Nicole Zierler.

Lacey Shifflett was awarded teen volunteer of the summer. She volunteered more than 80 hours during the program. Lacey spent the majority of her time in the Physical Therapy department under the direction of Physical Therapists Amy Bartley and Jonathan Eaton.

To learn more about the teen volunteer program, contact the volunteer office at 540.862.6212.