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The volunteer program at UCLA began in 1955, just a few months after the Medical Center officially opened. The program was designed to assist the Medical Center in its threefold mission of patient care, education, and research — and that remains the goal of the program today. The role of the volunteer is not to replace, but to supplement the regular professional staff, freeing them to provide the best medical, nursing and support services to patients.

Volunteers add the extra dimensions of empathy, sensitivity, warmth, and friendliness that ease and brighten a patient’s hospital stay and clinic visit.

UCLA’s volunteers are very special people who choose to share their time and talents helping others. Each volunteer in his or her own way helps enhance the Center’s quality patient care.

Carey McCarthy, Special Services Coordinator, UCLA Health Volunteer Services   Volunteer Services Director- Carey McCarthy
Carey has been with the Volunteer Services Department since 1988 in a variety of roles including Special Services Coordinator and Manager of the outpatient gift shops.  She formerly worked as Volunteer Coordinator at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital where she ran a successful Medical Explorer program.  Along with having a broad knowledge of volunteer programs, Carey holds a BA degree in Public Relations and a Masters in Health Education. 
Lisa Harden, Coordinator, UCLA Health Volunteer Services   Coordinator - Lisa Harden
Lisa formerly worked at Little Company of Mary - San Pedro Hospital where she coordinated the adult as well as the student volunteer program. She has an extensive background in volunteer work. Lisa spent time in Washington D.C. working in the non-profit and public sector. She graduated from the University of the Pacific with a degree in Political Science.  

Coordinator - Irma Lopez
Irma Lopez has been with the Volunteer Services department since 2006.  She  provides much of our technical support in addition to interviewing and placing both students and non-students. She is currently working on her degree in Business Management



Office Manager - Sandra Molina                                                                                                                                                  Sandra Molina joined Volunteer Services in 2011. She previously worked at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center for 5 years in the Medical Records Department. Sandra comes with an extensive background in customer service and patient handling. She is very excited to be a part of the volunteer services team.