Volunteers play a very important role in the Trident Health by helping us to provide high quality, cost effective healthcare to the Charleston community. They do this a number of ways:

  • Augmenting and expanding the services provided by our staff.
  • Providing supplemental services which contribute to patient care and satisfaction.
  • Assisting non-patient care departments with clerical support.
  • Helping to spread the word about the good things happening at Trident Health facilities within the community.

In addition to the Adult Volunteer Program, there is a Junior Volunteer Program for teenagers and both Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center.

What some of our volunteers say about being a Volunteer...

Ida Thompson | 25 years as a volunteer

“I have received a lot of experience over the years through my volunteer experience. It’s wonderful to wake up in the morning and look forward to being helpful to others. I have made a lot of wonderful friends over the years. I would not trade these years of working with Trident for anything and I plan to continue for years to come.”

Mary Ward | 13 years

“When my husband was a patient I met two wonderful volunteers that impressed me very much and that is when I decided to volunteer my services. I wanted to help others like we had been helped. I love feeling that I have made a difference in some small way.”

Sherman Chappel | 16 years

“I hope in some small way through my volunteering that I have helped someone else. It has helped me to value and appreciate others. I can’t tell you how much the staff and volunteers meant to me the times I was a patient myself. I love being part of the volunteer services.”

Mervelle Williams | 7 years

“The volunteers, the staff and the patients are the greatest to work with. I enjoy dealing with people because I am a people person and volunteering at the hospital has been very rewarding. I feel that I have received more than I have given.”

Dick Shackelford | 7 years

“When I leave the hospital after a day of volunteering, I feel I can put my feet up without feeling guilty. I like to feel I am doing something worthwhile for my community and fellow man.”

Volunteer Opportunities Contacts

Michael McMinn, M. Div.
Summerville Medical Center
Mgr., Volunteers/Associate Chaplain
Phone: (843) 970-5276
Email Michael McMinn

Tracie Knies, MSN, RN
Trident Medical Center
Dir. Volunteers & Support Services
Phone: (843) 847-4848
Email Tracie Knies

Jay Johnson
Trident Medical Center
Supervisor, Volunteer Services
Phone: (843) 847-5012
Email Jay Johnson

Edmund Elder, 2019 Trident Medical Center Volunteer Frist Humanitarian Award Winner

Congratulations to Edmund Elder, recipient of the Trident Medical Center 2019 Frist Humanitarian Volunteer Award.