Lewiston teen receives Teens Who Care Award

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LEWISTON — Christopher Hodgkins of Lewiston was recently selected as an award recipient of the Channel 6 Teens Who Care Award for his volunteer work at Central Maine Medical Center.

The award honors teens who give of their time and talent to volunteer in their communities and is widely recognized to be the only program of its kind in the state.

In addition to being recognized for his service by a panel of community leaders and nominated by CMMC Volunteer Services Director Susan Hedrich, Chris was followed and filmed while volunteering at CMMC. His segment aired recently on channel 6. He also will be awarded a $2,000 college scholarship to the college of his choice when he graduates from high school in 2016.

Christopher has been a junior volunteer at CMMC for three years and has given over 700 hours of service in several departments including the Emergency Department, Health Information Management, Oncology Unit, Family Practice Residency and Administration.

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Chris says volunteering has been a great experience for him, and has really helped him with deciding his future because of the amazing experience and education he gets from it. In the process he is able to put the extra effort into patient care, and make the patient’s stay more pleasant.

He believes his volunteering has positively impacted the organization by providing excellent patient care, alleviating staff of various tasks and allowing their valuable time to be used at bedside. He feels he is being a reliable and trustworthy member of these many departments.

In addition to his volunteer work at CMMC, Chris also volunteers as a disc jockey at Bates College in Lewiston and works part-time at Burger King.

He is a junior at Oak Hill High School in Sabattus and plans to attend college to become a radiologist. His goal is to someday be on the medical staff at CMMC.

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