Volunteer at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Volunteer at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Volunteer at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital.

Volunteer services are vital to our mission of optimizing the quality of healthcare for our patients. Our volunteers provide hospital departments and staff with capable, dependable and trained volunteers who contribute thousands of hours of service annually. Our goal is to offer a compassionate presence to our patients, their families and visitors.

Apply to volunteer

All applicants, including returning volunteers, should complete and submit an electronic application. An automatic email will be sent confirming receipt of the application. This confirmation does not guarantee placement as a volunteer. A second email will be sent shortly after to guide you to the next steps.


Qualifications include:

  • Be at least 16 years old (with parental consent),
  • Pass criminal background check
  • Complete electronic volunteer application
  • Participate in personal interview
  • Attend hospital orientation for new volunteers
  • Discuss TB testing, flu shots and other relevant inoculations with manager during interview
  • Provide immunization records for:
    • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
    • Chickenpox (Varicella)
    • Tetanus (Tdap)
  • Read and comply with Lake Forest Hospital policies, such as code of conduct, privacy laws and dress code
  • Obtain hospital identification badge and uniform
  • Complete on-the-job training for assigned volunteer service

We ask that volunteers not be seeking employment at Northwestern Medicine.


  • Personal growth
  • Free flu shots
  • Increased knowledge of healthcare, hospital programs and services
  • Awareness of hospital community education and wellness presentations
  • Interaction with community-minded, service-oriented people
  • Annual volunteer recognition
  • Discounts at Hospital Gift Shop, Patio Grille, Au Bon Pain and Atrium Café 

For more information, or if you would like to become a volunteer at Lake Forest Hospital, Glenview Immediate Care Center or Grayslake Outpatient Center call 847.535.6851 or complete our online application form.