The Volunteer Service Pin

The Volunteer Service Pins are awarded annually to volunteers by Massachusetts General Hospital in honor of the hard work and many hours of service donated to the hospital. Service pins are presented for 100, 500 and 1,000 service hours, as well as every subsequent 1,000 hours over the lifetime of the volunteer’s role at MGH.

In addition to these pins, special pins are awarded to volunteers who reach extraordinary levels of over 10,000 hours.

The Jessie Harding Award

Award description: One award is presented each year to the most outstanding Mass General volunteer. It’s the highest honor a volunteer can receive. Because of its significance and the history behind it, this is the most coveted award. The award is named for an original member of the ‘Red Basket Messenger Service,’ which was launched at MGH in 1941 during World War II when the hospital experienced a reduction in its staff. Each year the Jessie Harding Award is presented to the most outstanding MGH volunteer who has demonstrated unselfish and generous service to our patients and their families.

Award Criteria:

  • The nominee must have completed three or more years of volunteer service at Mass General
  • The nominee must possess an outstanding commitment to the Mass General community and must demonstrate this commitment through 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 to Mass General
  • For the nominee to be eligible there must be evidence that he or she assisted in the enhancement of services to patients and their families

The Maeve Blackman Award

Award description: One award is presented each year to a College student who is volunteering at Mass General. The nominee must be someone who will continue his/her education in the health care field. This award honors the philosophy of Maeve Blackman, former Director of the Mass General Volunteer Department, who helped students interested in medicine better understand patient-focused care.

Award Criteria:

  • The nominee must be a college student with one or more years of volunteer service at Mass General.
  • The nominee should be someone who serves as a trainer for other volunteers in his or her service area.
  • Particular attention is paid to volunteers who had patients distinguish him or her from other volunteers.

The Pat Rowell Award

Award description: One award is presented each year to a volunteer who demonstrates an understanding of the helping culture of the Volunteer Department and who exhibits dedication and perseverance through longevity of service (a minimum of 300 hours). This award honors the philosophy of Pat Rowell, former Director of the Mass General Volunteer Department, with a gentle nature and steadfast guidance, she cultivated one of the most dedicated and caring volunteer workforces in the country. The volunteer should demonstrate service experience that “goes beyond expectations.”

Award Criteria:

  • The nominee must be a volunteer with 10 years or more of volunteer service at MGH.
  • The nominee should be a volunteer who has submitted a story or narrative describing a volunteer service experience that, “goes beyond expectations.”

The Trustee' Award

Award description: The Trustees Award is presented each year to a Mass General department or staff member in celebration of their extraordinary efforts to involve and recognize Mass General volunteers.

 

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