Dr David Bechtel grace johnson award winner

2017 Grace Johnson Volunteer Award Recipient

Shown in the photo from left to right are: Stuart Hamilton, Gail-Ann Simon, The Parmenter Foundation Trustees; Dr. David Bechtel, Medical Director of the MetroWest Free Medical Program; Nancy Carapezza, The Parmenter Foundation Trustee; Michael Halloran, Executive Director, The Parmenter Foundation.

The Parmenter Foundation Presents Dr. David Bechtel, Medical Director of the MetroWest Free Medical Program, with The Grace Johnson Volunteer Appreciation Award

Approved unanimously by the Parmenter Board of Trustees, The Parmenter Foundation was pleased to present Dr. David Bechtel, Medical Director of the MetroWest Free Medical Program (MWFMP) with the Grace Johnson Volunteer Award in September. Established in 2005, the award is given annually to an outstanding volunteer from a Parmenter Foundation grantee organization.

Dr. David Bechtel embodies Grace’s compassion and devotion in his role as volunteer Medical Director for the MetroWest Free Medical Program As described in his nomination, “David is kind, gentle, and compassionate with patients, taking time to listen to their concerns and make them feel understood. He explains health conditions with great care, assuring that patients are aware of what they need to do to take care of their health, how to take medication, and when to come back to the clinic. In addition to providing high quality, compassionate care to patients, Dr. Bechtel works diligently to connect with other physicians and volunteers, making everyone feel valued, important and part of the team. He is always willing to teach others, answer questions, and explain situations.”

The Grace Johnson Volunteer Appreciation Award

The award is named in honor of Grace Johnson (1925-2001), a longtime Wayland resident, who contributed hands-on work to numerous charitable organizations. Her quiet strength, her generous spirit and her seeming endless reserve of commitment to making her community a better, more compassionate place to live earned her the respect and admiration of all who knew her.

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