Franciscan Spirit Award

The Franciscan Spirit Award is a part of The Village at Marymount’s Mission In Action program. The winner receives a $100 Giant Eagle gift card, a luncheon in their honor with The Village at Marymount’s sponsoring order the Sister of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, a premiere campus parking space, and recognition on a new Franciscan Spirit Award plaque in the Villa St. Joseph lobby.


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Simonetta Honored As 2012 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner

Congratulations to Vito Simonetta of our Department of Nutrition Services. Vito recently was named The Village at Marymount's 2012 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year. Vito received a plaque and a $1,000 prize for receiving the award.  The honor capped off a big 2012 for Vito, who got married and was promoted to an administrative assistant in the Department of Nutrition Services. Vito also was the January 2012 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Month.

"Vito thinks like a resident and tries to give them a product that they would want," said Andrea Ward, Director of Nutrition Services and Vito's nominator.


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Tiffany Advani receiving his award photo

Tiffany Advani, LPN, center, receives the Franciscan Spirit Award from Lisa Kotora, RN, left, and Administrator Dan Storey. Photo by Kathy Schlekie.


Katie Walsh receiving his award photo

Dottie Borer, a resident at The Village at Marymount (left) presents Katie Walsh, STNA (center) with the August Franciscan Spirit Award. Assisting with the presentation is restorative/MDS nurse Donna Nagel, LPN.

Working Her Magic

Katie Walsh Selected as August Franciscan Spirit Award Winner

As a restorative State-Tested Nursing Assistant at The Village at Marymount, Katie Walsh faces many challenges meeting the needs of residents. But as one of her co-workers succinctly said, Katie possesses a magic inside of her that allows her to transform a resident's routine day into an extraordinary one.

This unique gift helped Katie to win The Village at Marymount's August Franciscan Spirit Award. Katie, who has worked at Villa St. Joseph since it opened in 2007, also displays a positive attitude and always manages to bring a smile to a resident's face.

"When no one else can get through to a resident, Katie can," said Pat Roberts, herself a restorative aide and one of Katie's nominators. "She has what I call that magic inside of her. If one of our residents is having a bad day, Katie can make them feel better 99 percent of the time."

"Katie truly is a special person and an outstanding restorative aide," said Dan Storey, Villa St. Joseph administrator. "She also does many wonderful things for our residents that sometimes go unnoticed, or that she doesn't want credit for."

The Village at Marymount's administrative team surprised Katie with the presentation.

"I wasn't expecting this," said Katie, a resident of Old Brooklyn, when she was presented with the award. "A rehab facility or long-term care is the last place that most people want to be, so I try to treat our residents like they are my own family - with dignity and respect. I try to make them happy and comfortable, and target where they are and the problems they have or face."

Katie also praised her co-workers. "I love all of the aides and nurses that I work with," Katie said. "I think we all work really well together, and I have a lot of respect for them. Everybody has an important role here. They are all wonderful and equally deserving of this award."

In addition to Katie, other nominees for the award include Sheron Robinson, STNA; Tinhuni Watters, STNA; Laquita Beasley, STNA; and Stephanie Christy, STNA.


Chris Webber receiving his award photo

Chris Weber, center, receives the May Franciscan Spirit Award from Bill Lemanowicz, Director of Plant Operations, left, and Administrator Dan Storey. Photo by Kathy Schlekie.


Terri Petkac receiving her award photo

Terri Petkac, center, receives the April Franciscan Spirit Award from CCU Manager Stacie Boyd, left, and Liz Cristell, Director of Nursing. Photo by Kathy Schlekie.


carole halberg  receiving her award photo

Carole Halberg, center, receives the March Franciscan Spirit Award from Laura Shopp, Director of Rehabilitation Services, left, and Adminstrator Dan Storey. Photo by Kathy Schlekie.


Bessie Escondo, RN, receiving her award photo

Janet Lincoln, LPN, SCU unit manager, (left)and Executive Director Sue Nall, RN, LNHA (right) present Bessie Escondo, RN, with the February Franciscan Spirit Award. Photo by Kathy Schlekie.

Patience With Patients

Bessie Escondo, RN, Wins February Franciscan Spirit Award

When it comes to advocating for the health care needs that suit the best interests of her residents, few nurses rival Bessie Escondo, RN. Escondo, charge nurse on the Skilled Care Unit, was honored for her dedication with The Village at Marymount’s Franciscan Spirit Award for February.

Other nominees for the award include Channille Grice, LPN; Tracey Gabor, LPN; Cucelia Rose, RN; and Kelly Spillman, LPN.

“Bessie is a very hard worker and team player,” said Janet Lincoln, LPN, Skilled Care Unit Manager. “She is a very compassionate and caring person and she goes the extra mile daily.”

The Garfield Heights resident was nominated for the prestigious award several times in the past. Several of her co-workers were among her nominators.

“Bessie is always willing to help,” said Mary Collins, LPN. “She is kind and caring to staff and residents. She performs her job in a professional manner with concern for residents and staff.”

The Franciscan Spirit Award is a part of The Village at Marymount’s Mission In Action program, Administrator Dan Storey, LNHA, said. The winner receives a $100 Giant Eagle gift card; a luncheon in their honor with The Village at Marymount’s sponsoring order, the Sister of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis; a premiere campus parking space; and recognition on a new Franciscan Spirit Award plaque in the Villa St. Joseph lobby.

“During the luncheon, the winner’s supervisor explains to the Sisters how the winner lives our mission and demonstrates Compassion, Competence and the Celebration of Life,” Storey said. “The sisters also present the winner with a gift.”

Escondo is now is eligible to become the 2012 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year, which will be awarded in December.


Vito Simonetta receiving his award photo

Vito Simonetta, center, receives a check symbolic of winning the January Franciscan Spirit Award. Making the presentation are Administrator Dan Storey, left, and Andrea Ward, Director of Nutrition Services. Photo by Donna Galbraith.

Putting Residents First

Vito Simonetta Captures January Franciscan Spirit Award of the Year

As a chef in the Nutrition Services Department at The Village at Marymount, Vito Simonetta’s passion is put to the test every day – preparing meals for more than 200 residents at The Village at Marymount.

When he receives compliments about the cuisine he prepares, he will be the first to tell you that he is only doing his job and he prefers to stay away from the glare of the spotlight. Yet he found himself at the center of attention when he was named The Village at Marymount’s Franciscan Spirit Award winner for January.

“(Food preparation) is fun; I really enjoy it,” Simonetta said. “To me, it’s like doing a form of art.”

The Strongsville resident was nominated for the prestigious award several times in the past. One of his nominators this time was his supervisor, Director of Nutrition Services Andrea Ward.

“Vito thinks out of the box when he does his job,” Ward said. “He thinks like a resident and tries to give them a product that they would want. He is consistently thorough, pays attention to details, and will always do anything extra.”

In addition to Simonetta, Reginald Stewart, David Meredith, Agnes Szymanski, Michael Caputo, Carol Allen, Christine Roddy, and Ward received nominations from residents and staff members alike.

“I love to interact with the residents, but I don’t always get the chance to do it,” Simonetta said. “I get satisfaction seeing that they are comfortable and happy with their food.”

The Franciscan Spirit Award is a part of The Village at Marymount’s Mission In Action program, Administrator Dan Storey, LNHA, said. The winner receives a $100 Giant Eagle gift card; a luncheon in their honor with The Village at Marymount’s sponsoring order, the Sister of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis; a premiere campus parking space; and recognition on a new Franciscan Spirit Award plaque in the Villa St. Joseph lobby.

“During the luncheon, the winner’s supervisor explains to the Sisters how the winner lives our mission and demonstrates Compassion, Competence and the Celebration of Life,” Storey said. “The sisters also present the winner with a gift.”

Simonetta is now is eligible to become the 2012 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year, which will be awarded in December.


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