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2012 Donna Cornelius

Each year, the D-H Auxiliary Board presents an award to an outstanding volunteer. This award for excellence in volunteering is given in honor of Edith Amsden. Edith was a dedicated and devoted volunteer at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital for nearly 50 years. While this award recognizes a commitment of time, it is primarily in recognition of the extraordinary desire and ability to improve the quality of life for those at DHMC. Volunteers are nominated for this award who set a high standard of volunteerism with their loyalty and dedication, and are inspirations for other volunteers to follow.

This year's nominee first signed up as a DHMC Volunteer in 1989 and for the past 22 years she has volunteered in multiple areas and given nearly 8,000 volunteer hours. She has given time to over difference eight service areas within DHMC and many more in the community. This year's Edith Amsden Award goes to: Donna Cornelius.

You will see Donna in the Volunteer Office, greeting patients at Radiation Oncology Reception, around the hospital doing flower and magazine delivery, and assisting with Daffodil Days and other special projects. She is most visible to our patients when she is on TV leading Bingo. This volunteer also shares her time throughout the community at Alice Peck Day Hospital, at Red Cross Blood Drives, at The Upper Valley Senior Center, at her church, at the Lebanon Opera House, and the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Information Booth.

Donna is truly an example of a volunteer who shares her time and talent in multiple ways with multiple agencies. She has given an extraordinary commitment of time. Her desire and ability to improve the quality of life for those at DHMC and in the community is inspiration for all volunteers to follow.