The American Red Cross recently opened an office inside Lyster Army Health Clinic for community members interested in volunteering at the clinic.

In the past, volunteers would have to drive to Dothan to complete paperwork and training. The new office makes it easier for prospective volunteers to complete their volunteer application and easily get in touch with the Red Cross volunteer coordinator.

Paperwork and training can be completed at the clinic in a matter of two to three days and includes the application, background check, orientation, CPR certification if needed, and HIPAA training.
Volunteers with a license or certification can also bring in copies during the application process to keep on file.

"Prospective volunteers are able to serve in various capacities throughout the clinic and we encourage them to ask questions and get to know the staff and patients," said Jean Marie Harry, Red Cross volunteer coordinator.

About 15 volunteers are currently working in various departments throughout the clinic including nutrition care, preventive medicine, primary care and the pharmacy. Each volunteer sets their own schedule.

"We are fortunate to have a lot of volunteers who have a background in medicine and are so happy to have them in the clinic," Harry said.

College students studying or interested in medicine are also encouraged to speak with the Red Cross to determine if a summer volunteer program would be right for them.

"The American Red Cross has been a great partner with the Department of Defense and particularly our medical teams throughout the world," said Col. James Laterza, commander of LAHC. "We are very happy that we are able to reestablish an office within Lyster to aid us in our volunteer program and assist us in delivering care."

A Red Cross booth will be set up at the next Newcomer's Orientation as well as the Freedom Fest on July 3.

The Red Cross office is open Mon-Fri from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For questions, please call 334-255-7379 or e-mail Ms. Harry at