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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Scott Booth Named Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of Year photo

Scott Booth Named Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of Year

(Golden) Ticket To Paradise

Scott Booth Named Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of Year

Scott Booth couldn't imagine why Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey was paging him at 9:30 in the evening on Dec. 4. Turns out that Storey came back after that evening's Employees Holiday Party to present Booth with a very special surprise: the Golden Ticket, symbolic of Scott becoming The Village at Marymount's 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year.

Booth also won the $1,000 cash prize that comes with the Golden Ticket.

Booth, who was given the option to attend the party but declined, has his Environmental Services teammate, Chris Weber, stand in for him to make the envelope selection.

Weber's luck prevailed over the other monthly honorees.

"I think Chris was more excited than Scott was when he saw that he had the Golden Ticket that signifies our yearly winner," Storey said.

Booth, who was the May 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award winner, has worked at The Village at Marymount since December 2012.

"I couldn't believe it when Dan told me that he was here to give me this award," Booth said. "I really want to thank Chris for standing in for me and selecting the envelope with the Golden Ticket. I guess I owe him for that."

Storey added that like the other nine finalists, Booth is very deserving of the honor. "Scott is a really good guy and he's really helpful to everyone," Storey said. "We're really happy for him."


Joyce-Jeans award photo

Joyce Jeans, Marymount Place care attendant, is the winner of the December 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award.

Joyce Jeans Earns December Honor

After serving in various management roles for General Electric and the Cuyahoga County Welfare Department, Joyce Jeans wanted a change of pace. She learned of an opening for a care attendant at Marymount Place and quickly called Administrator Peggy Mathews to inquire about the position.

"I told her I didn't have any experience as a care attendant," Joyce recalled, "but Peggy told me that might not be a bad thing and I was hired. That was 10 years ago."

Joyce's attention to detail, love of her job, and love of the residents helped her to win the December 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award.

Joyce found out about the award after receiving a call from Peggy. "I wasn't sure what she wanted," Joyce said, "but now I'm glad she called."

Joyce, who works at Marymount Place three days a week, said her job as a care attendant has been her most rewarding of all.

"I love our residents," she said. "I miss them when I'm not here. The residents are definitely the reason why I enjoy my job so much."


Beata Chwirut award photo

Beata Chwirut, winner of the November Franciscan Spirit Award.

A Positive Beata-tude

Marymount Place Housekeeper Wins November Spirit Award

For nearly 15 years, Beata Chwirut has meticulously approached her job as a housekeeper with a positive attitude and a willingness to help wherever she is needed.

These qualities were not overlooked by her peers as she was voted as the November Franciscan Spirit Award winner.

Prior to joining The Village at Marymount in 2007, Beata was a housekeeper for the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis in the Marymount Convent.

"I like to work here," Beata said after receiving the award. "I like the residents very much, too."

Beata, a resident of Broadview Heights, is a very deserving winner of the award, said Bill Lemanowicz, Director of Plant Operations and Beata's supervisor.

"Beata is a great recipient of the Franciscan Spirit Award," said Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey. "She does a very good job here and she is well liked by her co-workers and the residents."

Linda Blackwell, a Villa St. Joseph housekeeper, also was nominated for the award.


Lori Moskalski receiving her award photo

Lori Moskalski, center, receives the October Franciscan Spirit Award from Jamie Killian-Centa, left, Director of Nursing, and Administrator Dan Storey.

Just Smile!

Lori Moskalski, RN, Wins October Franciscan Spirit Award

Lori Moskalski's mantra is simple: treat people the way you want to be treated and always have a smile.

"What else is there?" said Lori, a registered nurse in the Admissions office and winner of The Village at Marymount's October Franciscan Spirit Award. "It's so important to treat others in a way that they deserve to be treated - and that you would like them to treat you."

Lori has worked at The Village at Marymount since Villa St. Joseph opened in February 2007. She continues to be awestruck by all of the change that she has seen in her nearly eight years on the job.

"It's amazing to see how much we've changed with the new therapy center and the new palliative care wing at Clare Hall," Lori said. "We have so many people here deserving of this award, so couldn't you tell I was really surprised to win this award?"

Lori and her husband, Rick, live in North Royalton with their two children - Jake, 13, and Olivia, 9. The family also includes a Great Dane, a wiener dog, and several parrots.

Lori and Rick previously served as foster parents for parrots and were members of the Parrot Hope Sanctuary, based in Mantua and Medina, a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and adopts unwanted or abused parrots.


Karen Eady receiving her award photo

Karen Eady, center, receives the August Franciscan Spirit Award from Sue Michalski, left, CCU/Clare Hall Unit Manager, and Jamie Killian-Centa, Director of Nursing.

Eady Does It

STNA's Ability To Adapt Earns Her August Spirit Award

Karen Eady, STNA, may do her job with little fanfare, but she has many fans - residents and staff alike - on Clare Hall.

Karen's ability to offer her help to others, and her love for the residents helped her to win The Village at Marymount's August Franciscan Spirit Award.

Erica Dominik, Brooke Stroud, Sherrie Shores, Sherron Brown, Terri Petkac, Tonia Turner, Mary Martin Zanders, and Laquita Beasley also received consideration for the award.

"Karen goes above and beyond and never complains," said Latoya Paul, RN, one of Karen's Clare Hall supervisors and a nominator. "She is always smiling and able to adapt when things change quickly."

Co-worker Sylvia Underwood also nominated Karen for the award, stating: "Karen always asks the aides if they need help."

Once Karen was presented with the award by The Village at Marymount's administrative team, she couldn't help but to feel overwhelmed.

"I didn't expect to win this - I'm very surprised," Karen said. "I just try to do my job and help the residents every day."

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."

Karen is now is eligible to become the 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year, which will be awarded in December.


Denise Josie receiving her award photo

Denise Josie, center, receives the July 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award from Dietary Supervisor Michael Rose, left, and Andrea Ward, Director of Nutrition Services.

Nutrition Services’ Denise Josie Captures July Spirit Award

Denise Josie's versatility has made her quite an asset to The Village at Marymount's Nutrition Services Department. So much so that five months ago she was named to the newly-created position of Customer Service Liaison.

Denise's ability to tackle any job effectively and efficiently led to her winning The Village at Marymount's July 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award.

"I'm totally surprised by this award," said Denise, whose daughters Janiece and Josie work alongside of her in the Nutrition Services Department. "I didn't expect to win this."

Denise, a Garfield Heights resident who started at The Village at Marymount in June 2013, said the first thing she does each day is to make sure the residents are well and have what they want when it comes to their food. "I enjoy the residents and I enjoy getting their feedback as to what they want each day. I like to make them happy."

Denise's work ethic captured the attention of Madeleine Morris, an STNA on the Memory Care Unit and herself a Franciscan Spirit Award winner in August 2013. Madeleine was one of many nominations Denise received for the award.

"When serving MCU residents, Denise made many trips back and forth to the kitchen to make sure everyone had what they needed," Madeleine said.

"Denise gets a lot more exposure with our residents because of her role, and she can fill in wherever we need her," said Andrea Ward, Director of Nutrition Services. "She truly does a great job for us."

Other nominees for the award include Delderick Osby, Michael Rose, Agnes Szymanski, and Ed Upesleja.


Scott Booth receiving her award photo

Scott Booth (center) receives the May 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award from Administrator Dan Storey, left, and Bill Lemanowicz, Director of Plant Operations. Photo by Kathy Schlekie.

Great Scott!

Environmental Services’ Booth Wins May Spirit Award

Scott Booth said he was floored when he was greeted by the Administrative Team May 30 and presented with the May 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award.

He shouldn't have been. After all, his diligence to keeping the floors throughout The Village at Marymount clean and polished was just one of many reasons he was selected to win the coveted award.

"I'm very surprised to have won this award," said Booth, who has worked at The Village at Marymount since December 2012. "I thought (the Administrative Team) was having a meeting in the lobby. I didn't expect it was for me."

Booth is now eligible to become the 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award winner of the year, which will be bestowed in December.


Elizabeth Verovich receiving her award photo

Elizabeth Verovich, center, receives the April 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award from interim Memory Care Unit Manager Janet Lincoln, RN, left, and Memory Care Unit Charge Nurse Mary Collins, LPN. Photo by Kathy Schlekie.

Elizabeth Verovich Takes Home April Franciscan Spirit Award

After spending years on the night shift at The Village at Marymount, state-tested nursing assistant Elizabeth "Bessie" Verovich, finally decided to see the light.

The light of day, that is.

Verovich transferred to a day shift position in the Memory Care Unit last November and continues to provide residents with compassionate, competent nursing care.

These are just a few of the reasons why Verovich was honored with The Village at Marymount's April Franciscan Spirit Award.

"(Bessie) truly works and lives the mission of The Village at Marymount each and every day," said Mary Collins, LPN, one of Verovich's nominators. "She is one of the most patient people and the residents just love her."

Verovich said she just tries to treat each resident the way she would want to be treated. Verovich has worked at The Village at Marymount for seven years. The Sagamore Hills resident has three children and also enjoys riding and showing her horses.

"I've been riding horses for 30 years," she said proudly.

In addition to Verovich, Tonia Turner, Mary Martin, Karen Eady, and Laquita Beasley received nominations for the award.

Verovich received a $100 Giant Eagle gift card and will have lunch in her honor with the Sisters of St. Joseph TOSF.

Verovich is now eligible to become The Village at Marymount's 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year.


Toni Congeni receiving her award photo

Toni Congeni, center, receives the March 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award from Megan Percaciante, left, Director of Rehabilitation Services, Executive Director Sue Nall. Photo by Bill Lemanowicz.

Leading By Example

Speech Language Pathologist Toni Congeni Wins March Spirit Award

Dedication … patients … understanding. These are just a few of the words used to describe speech language pathologist Toni Congeni, winner of The Village at Marymount's March Franciscan Spirit Award.

"Toni is dedicated to provide exemplary care to patients," said Megan Percaciante, Director of Rehabilitation Services. "She is kind, patient, and understanding of both the patient and family needs."

Congeni sharpened her skills as a clinician by becoming trained and certified in the administering of VitalStim therapy. She also has appeared on WKYC-TV3's "Live on Lakeside" discussing this form of therapy.

"Toni is always happy and very positive," said Executive Director Sue Nall. "Residents pick up on this fact and it is a good thing for them to see."

Several of Congeni's cohorts in the Rehab Department nominated her for the award. "Toni is always patient and kind," said Carole Halberg, an occupational therapy assistant and herself a past Franciscan Spirit Award winner in March 2012.

In addition to Congeni, Al Zdesar, PTA; Stephanie Buckwell, OT; Jodi Frank, PTA; Sarah Mathis, Director of Outpatient Therapy; and Yvonne Lawson received consideration for the award.


Maryann Hibjan receiving her award photo

Maryann Hibjan, RN, center, receives the February 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award from Janet Lincoln, SCU Manager, left, and Director of Nursing Jamie Killian-Centa. Photo by Bill Lemanowicz.

Exceptional Knowledge

Maryann Hibjan, RN, Receives February Franciscan Spirit Award

When four co-workers combine to nominate someone for The Village at Marymount's Franciscan Spirit Award, that is high praise indeed.

Such was the case for Maryann Hibjan, RN, SCU Nurse Supervisor, who received the award for February 2014. Hibjan was nominated by Lisa Kotora, RN; Donna Nagel, LPN; Delonia Rencher, RN; and Janet Lincoln, RN.

"Maryann keeps calm and makes sure the building needs are met," they wrote on Hibjan's nomination form. "She has exceptional nursing knowledge and her follow through is excellent."

Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey concurred: "Maryann is a terrific nurse and seems to stay on top of details. Everyone is happy when she's here and she gives us a little extra safety net."

In addition to Hibjan, Joanna Penn, LPN; and Michaelle Dial-Knox, LPN, also received consideration for the award.

"I'm not good at this (accepting praise)," a tearful Hibjan said upon receiving the award. "I'm very surprised."

Hibjan received a $100 Giant Eagle gift card and is now eligible to be named the 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award winner of the year. That honor includes $1,000.


Ronnie Brown receiving his award photo

Ronnie Brown, center, of the Nutrition Services, receives the January 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award from Dietary Supervisor Michael Rose, left, and Andrea Ward, Director of Nutrition Services.

Nutrition Services’ Ronnie Brown Captures First Franciscan Spirit Award of New Year

There's a story that Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey likes to tell about Ronnie Brown of the Nutrition Services Department.

When heavy snow and cold on Jan. 6 caused several call offs in Brown's department, Storey happened to see him and David Meredith, also of Nutrition Services, in the hallway that morning. "How we doing today Ronnie?" Dan asked. "Fantastic," Brown replied. Storey then looked at Meredith and asked the same question. "We're down four (staff members)," Meredith replied. Storey laughed, "How is that 'fantastic' Ronnie?" he asked.

Brown's reply speaks volumes of his Franciscan spirit and his and philosophy on life. Brown's positive attitude and ability to live the Mission earned him the January 2014 Franciscan Spirit Award. Brown, a cook and dietary utility person, edged out four others, including Meredith, in his department to win the honors. Parkisha Fayne, Necole Freeman, and Ed Upeslej also received nominations for the award.

"Ronnie works very hard and really exemplifies our Franciscan spirit," said Andrea Ward, Director of Nutrition Services.

Brown, whose fiancee Vanessa Grady, works in the Marymount Convent, recently moved to Garfield Heights. He and Vanessa have yet to set a wedding date.

"My 22 grandchildren motivate me every day," Brown said. "I want them to see how hard grandpa works so that they will work hard, too. I keep a positive attitude; even when things get rough they will always work out in the end."


Peter Valencic receives his award as 2013 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year photo

Peter Valencic Unwraps Golden Ticket; Becomes 2013 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year

Dietitian Peter Valencic will be the first to admit it: he was just as surprised as anyone when he unwrapped the coveted golden ticket, symbolic of becoming The Village at Marymount's 2013 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year, during the Dec. 5 Employee Holiday Party.

Valencic, the September 2013 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner, went home with the $1,000 top prize. "I couldn't believe it," he said after opening the winning gift box. "There it was and I knew I had won."

More than 20 years as a restaurateur taught Valencic a lot about customer service and instilled a work ethic centered on always giving a 100% effort. Valencic's attempts to provide the best care possible to all residents earned him the Franciscan Spirit Award for September.

Valencic, who has worked at The Village at Marymount since February 2011, spent more than 20 years as a deli and fast food restaurant owner in South Carolina. His career change led him to The Village at Marymount where he works directly with residents to accommodate their dietary needs.

"Peter is very thorough and he's always worried about making sure that the residents get everything they need," said Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey, one of Valencic's nominators. "He is very attentive to their needs and concerns."

Andrea Ward, The Village at Marymount's Director of Nutrition Services, and another of Valencic's nominators, said he is a perfectionist who consistently strives to make improvements in all aspects of a resident's stay.

"Peter spends each day visiting residents, bridging the gap with nursing and other staff on the floor," Ward said.

"He is always showing compassion in care plans, following up details and owning the problem."


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