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Good Samaritan of the Year-Call for Nominations


Every year, Frederick Memorial Hospital honors a local individual as its Good Samaritan of the Year. Now in its 27th year, this prestigious award recognizes deserving individuals not only for their generosity to FMH, but also for their selfless commitment to improving the quality of life in the entire Frederick community.

Later this month, the Good Samaritan of the Year Award selection committee will issue a Call for Nominations. The committee will evaluate applications submitted from the community based on the degree to which nominees have demonstrated:

  • Actions or achievements that substantially advance FMH toward the fulfillment of its goals;
  • Long term involvement in community service activities;
  • Actions or achievements that substantially advance patient care, the economic health of FMH or the physical safety of its personnel or patients;
  • Performance of a distinguished act in the interest of humanity that epitomizes excellence and leadership.

To nominate a deserving individual online, click here. You can also print out the form and mail it to FMH Development Office, 400 West Seventh Street, Frederick, MD 21702, or call 240-566-3478 to request that a form be sent to you with instructions for submission. All nominations must be received by March 31, 2017.

FMH Special Gifts Committee Chair Daniel J. Schiffman has served as chairman of the selection committee for the past eight years. According to Schiffman, recipients of the Good Samaritan of the Year Award represent the highest aspects of human nature—generosity, excellence, selfless leadership and commitment.

“Over the years, the FMH Good Samaritan of the Year award has been presented to 45 individuals,” said Schiffman. “Honorees have included nurses, bankers, writers, poets, firefighters, physicians, entrepreneurs, policemen, politicians, educators, volunteers, business people, artists and many others. They are a large and varied group, but they are all united in their profound commitment to FMH and its tradition of quality in healthcare services, and their dedication to making the Frederick community a better place.”

In 1991, three individuals shared the first Good Samaritan of the Year Award: Lifelong Frederick resident Alden Fisher, Frederick businessman and community volunteer Charlie Snyder and retired FMH nurse Nancy Szymanski. Most recently, local business owners and avid volunteers Bob and Betty Waltz were named the FMH 2016 Good Samaritans of the Year. The photo above was taken at the 2015 event, and features many past recipients of this award.

The 2017 Good Samaritan of the Year Award will be presented on May 3rd at a reception for members of the FMH Order of the Good Samaritan.