BIDMC Honored With Volunteer Award
BIDMC was honored with the President's Award for Outstanding Program Development by the New England Association Directors Healthcare Volunteer Services. The award, accepted by Stephanie Harriston-Diggs, Director of Volunteer Services, recognized the BIDMC Volunteer Program, The Parent Connection in the category of High Impact Volunteer Service.
"It is an honor to be recognized by your peers for what our hospital strives to do," said Harriston-Diggs. "Our hospital volunteers provide excellent customer service helping the hospital meet its mission of providing extraordinary care, where the patient comes first."
The Parent Connection is a free service for first-time parents who deliver at BIDMC. Since the program began in 1999, over 300 volunteers have been trained as mentoring moms. Volunteer mentors are experienced moms who provide weekly phone call support to new parents through the first twelve weeks after leaving the hospital with their newborn. Several mentors have been with the program over 10 years and even more have returned to mentoring after taking their own maternity leave.
Also present to accept this recognition were Terry Morgan, Program Coordinator, Volunteer Services, Christine Sweeney, Manager, The Parent Connection and Riki Mackillop, Administrative Manager, OB/GYN.