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Awards and Recognition

Volunteer Service Hours Pin

Each year, Service Hour Pins are awarded to volunteers in acknowledgement of their incredible contributions and service. Pins are awarded after a volunteer has completed 100, 250, 500, 1000, 1500, and 2000 hours. After 2000 hours have been completed, pins are awarded every additional 500 hours served.

The Gold Star Pin

Gold Stars are awarded to volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Volunteers may be nominated by staff, patients, families, or other volunteers.

The Edith Amsden Award

Edith Amsden volunteering at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital

Edith Amsden volunteering at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital.

Named for Edith Amsden who volunteered at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital for over 45 years, the Edith Amdsen Award recognizes a commitment of time, and is given in recognition of extraordinary desire and ability to improve the quality of life for those in need.

Edith Amsden Award criteria

Volunteers nominated for this award set a high standard of volunteerism with their loyalty and dedication, which provides inspiration for other volunteers to follow.

  • The nominee must have completed three or more years of volunteer service for Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
  • The nominee must possess an outstanding commitment to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock community. This commitment may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including an excellent attendance record, a willingness to give extra effort to duties and responsibilities, and exhibiting compassion and caring when working with patients, staff and visitors.
  • The nominee must represent Dartmouth-Hitchcock's commitment to enhancing services to patients and their families.

In 2013, John Harrison received the Edith Amsden Award.

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