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HCA Florida Ocala Hospital offers a variety of volunteer positions for those who want to help the hospital and improve the comfort of our patients.

Volunteering at our hospitals

Volunteering at HCA Florida Ocala and HCA Florida West Marion Community Hospital

Our volunteers are a vital part of our healthcare team who make a lasting impression on not only our patients’ lives, but on our colleagues and visitors as well. If you are motivated to donate your time and talents, we invite you to join the dedicated volunteers at HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and West Marion Community Hospital.

Benefits of becoming a volunteer

Through volunteering, you may use your skills and abilities to help improve the lives of others and serve our community. Volunteering provides a sense of purpose, helps you stay physically and mentally fit, allows you to develop new skills, make new friends and create lasting impressions along the way.

For each volunteer shift served, you will receive one meal credit to be used during your shift. All volunteers will also receive an HCA polo uniform shirt, complimentary coffee from the lobby, and invitations to participate in our annual Volunteer Celebration, hospital-wide events and community sponsored events.

Expectations and scheduling requirements

Shifts are scheduled Monday through Friday in four-hour blocks, with a minimum of one shift per week. Consistent and timely attendance is required.

Volunteer application process

Please scroll down to fill out our online volunteer application. To request a printed copy, you may contact our volunteer manager via email or by calling (361) 549-9070.

Upon review of your application, our volunteer manager will call you to conduct a phone screen and talk more about next steps.

If approved to move forward, you will need to complete and pass the following steps:

  • Consent to and pass background check
  • Provide proof of vaccination records including COVID-19 and influenza records
  • Conduct a scheduled health screen onsite
  • Complete an in-person orientation

Service areas currently available:

  • Patient advocates
  • Emergency department greeters
  • Inpatient rehab (WMCH only*)
  • Cath lab department (Ocala only*)
  • Marketing and events
  • Golf cart riders
  • Administrative assistance
  • HAM radio operations

*We strive to match our volunteers in their preferred area of choice, however, it is dependent on availability. During the application process, please make your preferences known so we can re-assign you should your preferred area become available.

Paws for Patients Program

At HCA Florida Ocala, we believe in the incredible therapeutic benefits that our furry companions can offer. That's why we're excited to introduce our "Paws for Patients" program, a heartwarming initiative designed to bring comfort, joy, and companionship to our patients.

We are currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers and their certified therapy animals to join our "Paws for Patients" program. If you have a friendly, well-behaved pet and a desire to make a difference in the lives of those going through challenging times, we'd love to have you on board.

Ready to be a part of this extraordinary program? Your pet's unconditional love can brighten someone's day. Join us in spreading comfort and smiles throughout our hospital.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please call (361) 549-9070 or email Mehul Patel.

Chaplain Volunteer Program

We also offer a chaplain volunteer program. If you have a calling to provide spiritual support, empathy and comfort to those facing health challenges, we invite you to join our Chaplain Volunteer Program. By sharing your time and compassion, you can make a significant difference in the lives of our patients. When filling out the application, please indicate you are applying for the Chaplain Volunteer Program.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please call (361) 549-9070 or email Mehul Patel.

VolunTeens / Junior Volunteer Program

We offer a summer program designed for students between 16 and 18 years old. Applications for this program will be accepted through April 30 for the upcoming summer.

When filling out the online application, please indicate you are applying for the Junior Volunteer Program. You will be contacted following the April 30 application deadline.

For more information, please call (361) 549-9070 or email Mehul Patel.