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Junior Volunteers Recognized for Service at Good Samaritan Hospital

June 17th, 2014
The Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center recently presented $1,500 scholarships to three exemplary junior volunteers. The 2014 honorees—Alyssa Lim, Claudia Leonard and Maria Tobin —plan to pursue careers that will benefit health care. Their goals are to use their experience as volunteers in continuing their educations in fields that will benefit the safety and well-being of others.

Good Samaritan Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Nancy Simmons commended this year’s recipients for their exemplary academic achievements and work ethic. “You have accomplished so much in a short time and embrace the best notion of volunteerism which is fundamental to us at Good Samaritan. The ability to be charitable is a gift that I know each of you will carry on throughout your health care careers, hopefully back at Good Samaritan,” said Ms. Simmons.

Claudia Leonard, a senior at Brentwood High School, has contributed more than 200 hours to the hospital’s C Unit and Transport Service and plans to pursue a career in medicine as a college student at Boston University. “Volunteering at the hospital has given me an incredible opportunity to get a glimpse into the environment that I hope to become a part of in the future,” said Ms. Leonard. In addition to volunteering at Good Samaritan, she continued to challenge herself academically by taking Honors and AP classes while maintaining an A average.

Alyssa Lim, a graduate of Central Islip High School, volunteered in the hospital’s Cardiology waiting area, contributing nearly 250 hours of service. She will be attending Adelphi University to study nursing and hopes to return to Good Samaritan. “I am honored to have volunteered at Good Sam having had the opportunity to make a patient’s day better with a smile and encouraging words,” said Ms. Lim.

A St. Anthony’s High School graduate, Maria Tobin has contributed more than 150 hours of service in the hospital’s Coffee Shop. “Community service has contributed to my career goals, character, faith and leadership skills,” said Ms. Tobin. “I am looking forward to using these skills while pursuing a career in speech pathology at Providence College.”

Junior volunteers at Good Samaritan have the opportunity to enhance their personal development and learn skills while assisting the hospital in providing its important services to the community. Scholarship funds are provided by the Central Council of the Guilds of Good Samaritan and through donations received at Good Samaritan’s Guild Thrift Shop, Gift Shop and Captree Café. The medical center has more than 450 active junior volunteers, who collectively contributed more than 5,000 hours in 2013. Between the ages of 15 and 18, they come from 17 different school districts in the vicinity of Good Samaritan Hospital. The program enables high school students to meet their community service requirements, as they participate in hospital events and assist various departments throughout the facility.

Pictured (L-R): Junior Volunteer/ Scholarship Committee Co-chairs Ingrid DiGiovanna and Laurie Feldscher, Scholarship winners Alyssa Lim, Claudia Leonard and Maria Tobin, Central Council of the Guilds President Marie Nicharico and Good Samaritan Hospital Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Nancy Simmons.


Colleen Valdini
Manager, Public and External Affairs
(631) 376-4483