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The Volunteer Department awards pins and awards in recognition of the hours and commitment people have given to Massachusetts General Hospital.
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.
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.
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.”
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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