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Needham High senior is March RAY of Hope

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Amanda Lombard is a senior at Needham High and was nominated by Tracy Murphy, the Director of Volunteer Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

“At BID- Needham our mission requires a positive patient experience to remain the primary objective. Amanda’s volunteer work at the hospital has proven to be a wonderful example of this mission,” said Murphy.

Lombard started working at BID to fulfill her community service requirement at Needham High, but has worked there for a little more two years and loves it. She is a senior student volunteer, which entails training new volunteers, sharing her expertise and knowledge on all aspects of volunteer duties and hospital policies and procedures.

Lombard spends afternoons each week discharging patients, transporting specimens to the laboratory from various medical departments, and completing non-clinical tasks throughout the hospital.

“Amanda is a bright young woman with a passion for helping others. She is full of ambition and she places hospital patients and families, her duties, and fellow volunteers ahead of herself,” Murphy added.

“We are grateful to have Amanda volunteer for BID-Needham and we feel she exemplifies an outstanding RAY of Hope candidate.”

On top of the work at the hospital, she was, until this year, a competitive skater where she spent six days per week practicing with her coaches and on a team.

“It taught me how to be an individual while being a part of a larger community at the same time,” said Lombard. “I feel as though my work at the hospital has done the same.

For more information about the award, visit www.needhamma.gov/youth/ray.

Watch the ceremony, courtesy of The Needham Channel, below:

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