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2007 Pat Appleton

Pat Appleton, the recipient of the Edith Amsden award for 2007, can rightfully be called an "old timer" with over 30 years of volunteer services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She came here with her doctor husband and four children in 1970 and a few years later took the first step as a volunteer in the Friendly Visitor program. Reflecting her own love of reading, she added the Book Cart program, taking books to patient's rooms. Her warmth and empathy led her to deeper involvement with patients and she became a Eucharistic Minister for the Chaplaincy Department.

Somewhere along the way, she got hooked on the Gift Shop, joining the team as a cashier and gift buyer while the shop was still in the old hospital on Maynard St. and being part of the massive effort of moving to the Lebanon campus. She teamed up with Shirley Lord to oversee the shop whenever the part-time manager was away and had been a primary mover and shaker at the shop ever since. She has had a hand in bringing the Gift Shop from those early days when annual sales of several thousand dollars represented a very good year to current expectations, following the recent expansion, of annual sales approaching a million dollars. As you know, all net receipts are turned over to the D-H Auxiliary to fund its own expenses and distribute as grants to departments and programs for the benefit of patients.

In addition to serving as Chair of the Gift Shop Committee, as an Escort, and member of the D-H Auxiliary Board, this multi-talented lady volunteers at St. Denis Church and on the Magic Carpet Committee of the Montshire Museum – and – somehow finds time to indulge her love of golf and to travel with her husband, Fred, especially to visit their kids and 10 (soon to be 11) grandchildren. I'm sure you all recognize by now that the very worthy recipient of the 2007 Edith Amsden award is Pat Appleton.

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