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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Delderick Osby receiving her award photo

Delderick Osby, Recipient of the 2015 Franciscan Spirit Award.

Delderick Osby Named 2015 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year

This holiday season will be a little brighter for Delderick Osby (pictured below) and his family, and he has his supervisor Andrea Ward to thank for his good fortune.

Ward, Director of Nutrition Services at The Village at Marymount, stood in for Osby on Dec. 4 when 2015 monthly Franciscan Spirit Award winners each selected a gift box, one of which contained the coveted Golden Ticket. The Golden Ticket is symbolic of the recipient being the 2015 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year.

Osby, the January Franciscan Spirit Award winner, was unable to attend the event so Ward took his place. She selected the lucky gift box that made Osby the winner of the award and a $1,000 in prize money.

Osby also knows there's no "I" in the word "team." That being said, it's no surprise that his approach to his role as a dietary aide/utility worker in Nutrition Services Department is simple: be a team player.

"I just come in to work every day and be a team player," said Osby, a Cleveland resident. "I want to be the guy everyone depends on."

Osby knows he can depend on his supervisor to make a good selection for him, too.


Sherron Brown receiving her award photo

Donna-Palmeri, Recipient of the December Spirit Award.

Donna Palmeri receiving her award photo

Donna-Palmeri, Recipient of the November Spirit Award.

Palmeri and Brown Win Spirit Awards for November and December

Donna Palmeri (Environmental Services) and Sherron Brown (Nursing Services) captured the final two Franciscan Spirit Awards of 2015 - Palmeri winning the award in November and Brown taking home December honors.

"Donna is a great employee," said Bill Lemanowicz, Director of Environmental Services. "She is super friendly and really pleasant."

Palmeri said she knew the moment she walked into Marymount Place 15 years ago that she wanted to work at the facility.

Brown is here for one reason, according to nominator Donna Nagel: to provide for the needs of the residents. "Sherron always checks on her residents when she arrives and she always offers assistance as needed," Nagel added.

Brown is an STNA on the Continuing Care Unit. "The staff really seems to respect Sherron," said Administrator Dan Storey. "She does a great job."


Natalie Thornton receiving her award photo

Natalie Thornton, Recipient of the October Spirit Award.

A Helpful Hand

Natalie Thornton’s Desire to Assist Others Earns Her October Spirit Award

Natalie Thornton is the consummate team player. It is not uncommon for Thornton, an LPN on the Skilled Care Unit, to pick up an extra shift when staff is challenged or lend a helping hand when needed.

Living The Village at Marymount's mission is near and dear to Thornton's heart - and helped her to win the October Franciscan Spirit Award. Kelly Bolois, Stacy Boyd, Jessica DeJesus, Donna Nagel, Lynn Skeen, and Joanna Kazadi-Abe also received nominations for the award.

"Natalie is a thorough nurse and does more than just pass meds," said Director of Nursing Jamie Vandergriff, who nominated Thornton for the award. "She is kind and considerate to the residents under her care and treats peers with respect."

Vandergriff said Thornton always helps out other team members regardless of what shift she has. Thornton usually steps up to pick up an extra shift when staffing levels are low.

Thornton is now eligible to become The Village at Marymount's 2015 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year. The honor will be presented in December during the Employees Holiday Party.


Donna Noble receiving her award photo

Donna Noble, center, receives the September Franciscan Spirit Award from HR Director Brenda Milanczuk, left, and Administrator Dan Storey.

A Noble Winner

Administrative Assistant Wins September Spirit Award

As The Village at Marymount's "gatekeeper," Donna Noble knows how to carefully screen telephone calls and respectfully turn away unwanted visitors - or vendors who arrive without an appointment.

These skills, as well as the countless others she possesses, enabled Noble to win the September Franciscan Spirit Award.

"I'm humbled," she said upon receiving the award from the administrative team. "Thank you all very much."

In addition to Noble, dietetic technician Nada Citovic, receptionist Marie

Deptowicz, Carolyn Walla (HR) and Celestine Holt (Medical Records) also received nominations for the award.

"I think we all agree that Donna does so much for all of us," Administrator Dan Storey said. "She is definitely deserving of this award."

Noble is eligible to be the 2015 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year, which will be named in December during the annual Employee Holiday Party. The top winner will receive $1,000 in cash, Storey said.


Jeff Chapek receiving his award photo

Jeff Chapek, center, receives the August Franciscan Spirit Award from Dan Storey, Administrator, and Jamie Vandergriff, Director of Nursing.

Positive Attitude Pays Off

STNA Chapek Wins August Franciscan Spirit Award

Coworkers and residents agree: state-tested nursing assistant Jeff Chapek exudes the Franciscan spirit symbolic of The Village at Marymount's monthly Franciscan Spirit Award. He regularly demonstrates compassion, competence, and speaks to residents with dignity and respect.

So it comes as no surprise (except to Chapek) that Chapek, a second shift STNA on the Continuing Care Unit, was named Franciscan Spirit Award winner for August.

"Jeff has a positive attitude from the moment that he enters the building until he leaves at the end of his shift," said Jamie Vandergriff, Director of Nursing at The Village at Marymount. "Jeff is always willing to help on the floors when we are staffed challenged. Families have verbalized or written to recognize him, specifically in the care that he provides."

Chapek, a Garfield Heights resident, recently embarked on a degree to become a Registered Nurse by enrolling in the nursing program at Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus in Parma. Chapek also takes a simple approach to his job each day: expect the unexpected.

"I can't come here with an attitude and work with our residents," Chapek said. "They are here to get better. They don't want to see me in a grumpy mood."

Chapek is now eligible to become The Village at Marymount's Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year, which includes $1,000 cash and is presented each December during the employee holiday party.


Emily Tirpak receiving her award photo

CCU second shift charge nurse Emily Tirpak, left, receives the June Franciscan Spirit Award from Director of Nursing Jamie Vandergriff.

Special Blend

June Spirit Award Winner Focuses on Residents’ Health, Happiness

Emily Tirpak, RN, is approaching her second full year at The Village at Marymount, having accepted a position on the Continuing Care Unit in September 2013. Tirpak's ability to blend each resident's health with their happiness helped her to attain the June Franciscan Spirit Award.

"I like being able to help people in general," said Tirpak, who was promoted to CCU second shift charge nurse this past April. "I'm able to focus on the little things to make (residents) happy and healthy. As a nurse, I can certainly do what I can to maintain their health. If they are healthy, then they are usually happy."

Tirpak is a graduate of Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. She said she loves her job at The Village at Marymount and hopes she conveys to every resident just how passionate she is about her career.

Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey praised Tirpak's efforts, citing the many positive comments and nominations she received for the award from her colleagues. "You do a great job every day," Storey said. "The residents love you, and you are really good at what you do."

Kelly Bolois, LPN, also received consideration for the award. Tirpak is now eligible to receive The Village at Marymount's Franciscan Spirit Award of the Year, which will be presented in December.


Halina Kramarczyk receiving her award photo

Halina Kramarczyk, left, receives the May Franciscan Spirit Award from Director of Plant Operations Bill Lemanowicz.

Well Deserived

Clare Hall Housekeeper Wins May Franciscan Spirit Award

For nearly a quarter of a century, Halina Kramarczyk has been a fixture on The Village at Marymount's Clare Hall as a housekeeper. The Garfield Heights resident has a lengthy history of being a diligent employee who is very popular with members of The Village at Marymount's sponsoring order, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, as well as the other residents.

Kramarczyk's work ethic and unassuming nature were key factors in her selection as The Village at Marymount's May Franciscan Spirit Award winner. Her efforts are large, but her mantra is simple.

"I love the Sisters and the residents. I like coming to work every day," said Kramarczyk, a native of Poland. "I have worked here for 25 years and I like it here. This (award) was a big surprise to me."

Bill Lemanowicz, Director of Plant Operations, was highly complementary of Kramarczyk's efforts. "Halina is very deserving of this award. She is an outstanding employee."

Kramarczyk is now eligible to receive The Village at Marymount's Franciscan Spirit Award of the Year, which will be presented in December.


Sheri Shores receiving his award photo

Sheri Shores, center, receives the April 2015 Franciscan Spirit Award from Director of Nursing Jamie Vandergriff, left, and former Skilled Care Unit Manager Janet Lincoln.

April Spirit Award Washes Upon Shores

Sheri Shores, a state-tested nursing assistant (STNA) on The Village at Marymount's Skilled Care Unit, received the April 2015 Franciscan Spirit Award.

The Parma resident has worked at The Village at Marymount for one year and has spent four years as an STNA.

"What I like most about my job is being able to take care of the residents," she said.

Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey praised Shores' work and said she received many complimentary nominations for the honor.

In addition to Shores, Ebony Askew, Angel Griffin, Bev Kovach, Diane Lee, Akila Lake, Quinetta Phillips, and Gwen Thomas also received nominations for the award.

Shores is now eligible to become The Village at Marymount's 2015 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year, which will be presented in December.


Adam Antolik receiving his award photo

Adam Antolik, left, receives the March Franciscan Spirit Award from Megan Percaciante, Director of Rehabilitation Services.

Up and Adamn

March Franciscan Spirit Award Winner Makes OT Fun For Residents

Take a stroll through The Village at Marymount's Rehabilitation Services Department and you will undoubtedly be drawn to the various cartoons that often appear on a dry erase board in the occupational therapy kitchen area.

The artist behind these sketches is occupational therapy assistant Adam Antolik, winner of the March Franciscan Spirit Award. The award honored staff in the Rehabilitation Services Department.

"Adam always goes above and beyond to seek learning opportunities to better himself," said Megan Percaciante, Director of Rehabilitation Services. "He is not afraid to be silly but he also works hard to make sure his patients are motivated. He readily volunteers when I need something and he will do educational speaking engagements."

An example of Antolik's desire to seek learning opportunities came in October 2013 when he and physical therapy assistant Al Zdesar received certification to become strength trainers for the geriatric population. The two attended the International Weightlifting Association's Strength Training for Seniors course so they can work with residents as they lift weights. They are also trained to assist residents with tai chi and yoga.

Antolik has worked at The Village at Marymount for four years and has a simple philosophy: treat other people they way he would like to be treated. "I believe the residents have a lot to deal with while they are at The Village at Marymount," Antolik said, "so why not make it enjoyable while they are recovering?"

Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey said Antolik is well liked by residents and his co-workers. "Adam has made a lot of gains during his four years with us."

When he is not working, Antolik enjoys volunteering to teach the Bible in Chinese to residents of Cleveland's Chinatown neighborhood. He will be heading to Taiwan in late April to learn more about the Chinese culture so that he can more effectively teach the Bible in the Chinese native tongue.

"I've been studying Chinese for two years now," Antolik said. "I enjoy volunteering and traveling to Taiwan will help me to learn and understand the culture better."

In addition to Antolik, speech therapists Maria Housel and Jessica Cortez, Jodi Frank, PTA, Zdesar, and occupational therapist Yvonne Lawson received nominations for the award.


Theresa Ribich receiving her award photo

Theresa Ribich, center, receives the February Franciscan Spirit Award from Janet Lincoln, SCU Manager, left, and Director of Nursing Jamie Vandergriff.

That's the Spirit

Theresa Ribich Wins February Franciscan Spirit Award

Theresa Ribich, LPN, a nurse on the Skilled Care Unit, was honored as The Village at Marymount's February 2015 Franciscan Spirit Award winner.

Michelle Dial-Know, LPN, (SCU); CCU Charge Nurse Jessica DeJesus, RN; Donna Nagel, LPN, (MDS); and Jamie Vandergriff, Director of Nursing, also received nominations for the award.

"I was really surprised to win the award," said Ribich. "It's a real honor."


Delderick Osby receiving his award photo

Delderick Osby (center) receives the January 2015 Franciscan Spirit Award from Administrative Assistant Vito Simonetta, left, and Dietary Supervisor Michael Rose.

A Team Player

Nutrition Services’ Delderick Osby Wins January Spirit Award

Delderick Osby knows there is no "I" in the word "team." That being said, it's no surprise that his approach to his role as a dietary aide/utility worker in The Village at Marymount's Nutrition Services Department is simple: be a team player.

Osby, who was presented with The Village at Marymount's Franciscan Spirit Award for January 2015 in front of administrators and several co-workers, strives on being dependable and ready to go when called upon.

"I just come in to work every day and be a team player," said Osby, a Cleveland resident. "I want to be the guy everyone depends on."

In his role with the Nutrition Services Department, Osby washes dishes, helps with the residents' food line tray preparation; delivers and removes food carts from the various floors; and handles trash removal. "I'm an all-around guy," he added.

"Delderick is a very quiet, very reserved person," said Andrea Ward, Director of Nutrition Services. "He really understands the meaning of being responsible and there is nothing he can't do."

Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey said, "Delderick is a good employee who was nominated by two supervisors. That says something about his work ethic."

Denise Josie, Customer Service Liaison, was one of Osby's nominators. She praised his work ethic and self pride, and noted that he is wonderful man, father, and friend.

Osby is now eligible to win The Village at Marymount's 2015 Spirit Award of the Year, which will be presented in December.

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