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St. Joseph's Hospital-North seeks volunteers, schedules open house Jan. 23 and 24

LUTZ — St. Joseph's Hospital-North, expected to open Feb. 1, is looking for volunteers to help at Hillsborough County's first new full-service hospital in 30 years.

Hospital administrators hope to sign up 100 to 125 volunteers who can commit to a four-hour shift once a week for at least six months.

The biggest need is in the gift shop, which will be open seven days a week, but hospital administrators say they also need people to escort visitors and work as hospital ambassadors in the reception and waiting areas.

To volunteer, visit online at stjosephsnorth.com and click on "Volunteers" or call (813) 870-4188.

The three-story, $225 million acute care hospital will have 108 beds, 32 of them for patients who don't need to stay overnight. The 350,000-square-foot facility also will have:

• An emergency department with a fast-track area to allow for expedited treatment of patients with less-acute injuries or complaints.

• Four labor and delivery suites and 12 private suites for moms and babies to recover together.

• Surgical units for general and orthopedic surgery, urology, vascular and thoracic surgery, outpatient pediatric surgery, endoscopy and diagnostic catheterizations.

The hospital, at 4211 Van Dyke Road, is scheduled to register its first patients on Feb. 1, but residents of northern Hillsborough and central Pasco counties will get a chance to look around from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 23 and 24.

The event will feature a mobile game theater, sand bottle art, face painting and interactive tables geared toward injury prevention and health education for kids.

Adult visitors can register for biometric palm scanning, which will allow for quick access to electronic medical records, registration and admission in what is expected to be a virtually all-digital paperless environment.

To register for the open house, visit stjosephsnorth.com and click "Register" under Grand Opening Events.

Richard Danielson, Times Staff Writer

St. Joseph's Hospital-North seeks volunteers, schedules open house Jan. 23 and 24 01/07/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 3:30am]
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