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In 1977—a year before the lake area's only hospital opened its doors—an extraordinary group of men and women recognized the community's need to support quality health care and formed the Lake of the Ozarks General Hospital Auxiliary.

Today, Lake Regional Hospital Auxiliary boasts more than 170 enthusiastic, good-hearted members of all ages with more than 50 active volunteers. Volunteers play an integral part in the life of our hospital, complementing the work of our professional staff and physicians, and making a difference in the experience of our patients. These volunteers earned recognition as a 2018 Auxiliary of the Year from the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries.

Auxilians and volunteers are a diverse group comprised of retirees, active business people and others. They volunteer in a variety of activities that fit their special talents and interests, including staffing a gift shop at Lake Regional Health System. They also raise funds to give back to Lake regional and staff, including the Ethal Rayburn Scholarship fund.

To learn more about volunteering, contact Karen Phillips, Volunteer & Auxiliary coordinator, at 573.348.8153. Complete the volunteer application and email to or mail to Volunteer Services. Junior and adult volunteers must complete orientation before beginning work at Lake Regional Health System.

Junior Volunteers

Civic-minded high school students ages 14 to 18 who are interested in making a difference in their community are encouraged to participate in Lake Regional Health System's Junior Volunteer Program. Junior volunteers must be fully vaccinated and follow all COVID-19 guidelines for health care facilities, including wearing a mask at all times.

Junior volunteers assist staff with basic manual tasks on patient floors and in other hospital departments as assigned.

Junior volunteers receive service pins and certificates upon completion of 50 hours of service. Also, deserving volunteers may receive letters of recommendation to accompany their college applications.

The following items must be turned in to apply to be a junior volunteer.

  • Completed Junior Volunteer Application and include a paragraph about why you would like to volunteer
  • Copy of school vaccinations
  • Copy of COVID-19 vaccination card
  • Medical release signed by a parent or legal guardian

For information, call Betty Coleman at 573.552.2376 or email Betty.

Hospice Volunteers

The goal of hospice is to provide the highest quality of life possible while managing symptoms. Volunteers help patients by assisting with a variety of tasks, such as providing companionship, running errands, assisting with light housework and meals, and providing respite for caregivers.

Hospice volunteers receive the same orientation as other hospital volunteers, plus a separate hospice volunteer orientation. This second orientation provides training in understanding grief and bereavement, the dying process, communication techniques, hospice regulations and other hospice-specific topics.

Once actively serving, hospice volunteers report to Mariah Swinker, director of Lake Regional Home Health and Hospice, and are a part of the care team, consulting with the nurses, social worker, chaplain and therapists. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage.

To learn more about volunteering for Hospice, contact Volunteer & Auxiliary coordinator, at 573.348.8153.