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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Beverly Kovach (no photo)

Tables Turn on Marymount Place Care Attendant

For the past 13 years, Beverly Kovach has been focused on serving residents as a Marymount Place care attendant. This time the tables turned on Kovach. The focus was placed squarely on her as she received the December 2016 Franciscan Spirit Award from The Village at Marymount's management team.

A surprised Kovach said she follows a simple mantra when she comes to work: "I do my best to treat all residents the same way I would like to be treated," the Garfield Heights resident said.

Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey said Kovach is a most deserving recipient of the award. Marymount Place Administrator Peggy Mathews also praised Kovach's years of service and commitment to caring for residents.

State-tested nursing assistants Daniel Boyd, Mary Martin, Aretha Johnson, Sherrice Warner, Pat Roberts, and Gail Campbell also received nominations for the award.

Kovach is now eligible to be named The Village at Marymount's 2016 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year when the selection is made during the facility's upcoming staff holiday party.


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Alisa Rouse, center, receives the Franciscan Spirit Award from Alison Ottman, Director of Rehabilitation, left, and Sarah Mathis, Director of Outpatient Services — Photo by Kathy Speth

A Rouse-ing Victory

Therapy’s Administrative Assistant Wins November Spirit Award

Alisa Rouse has never seen a "need" that she didn't like.

The Therapy Department's administrative assistant always is willing to jump when needed to help with a resident or help to resolve a department issue.

This trait, in addition to demonstrating the core areas of our mission, led Rouse to win the November Franciscan Spirit Award.

Gary Frounfelker and Al Zdesar (Rehabilitation Services); Paige Larney (Medical Records); Pat Roberts (Nursing); and Kathy Schlekie Speth (Social Services) also received nominations for the award.

"I was shocked to receive this award," said Rouse, who has worked at The Village at Marymount since October 2015. "Surprised isn't the word for it."

Alison Ottman, Director of Rehabilitation Services, and Rouse's nominator, said Rouse "completes all tasks in a timely manner, and demonstrates a positive attitude at all times."

Although she works primarily in the Rehabilitation Services office, Rouse said she enjoys interacting with residents when she is able to do so.

"I love that part of the job," she said. "And the staff here is great. They all do a wonderful job."


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Maurice Townsend

Utilityman Townsend Wins October Honor

Maurice Townsend is known for his work ethic and his willingness to strike up a conversation with residents and staff alike. The hard-working Townsend, a Maple Heights native, was named the October Franciscan Spirit Award winner.

"I love the residents," Maurice said. "And I like working here very much. I was surprised to win this award, I really was."

Townsend serves as a utility man/dishwasher in the Nutrition Services Department. No September award was presented this year.


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Marina Dotson

This Marina Harbors TLC For SCU Residents

When it comes to her patients, Marina Dotson, RN, tries to put herself in their shoes. She wants to know how they feel and what they are feeling in order to provide the quality of care she offers as the Skilled Care Unit's daytime charge nurse.

"At any given point I can be in their position," Marina said. "I try to feel what they are feeling so I know how I would be feeling if I were them."

The compassion, competence, and celebration of life that Marina exudes every day led her to be named The Village at Marymount's August 2016 Franciscan Spirit Award winner. Emily Tirpak, Channille Grice, Vivian Okoye, Lisa Stuver, and Cherry McCoy also received nominations for the award.

"Marina is efficient and she's very professional," said Sue Nall, Executive Director of The Village at Marymount. "She's matter-of-fact and is well respected by residents and staff alike as a result."

A resident of Cleveland, Marina came to The Village at Marymount in September 2015 as a floor nurse. She was quickly promoted to charge nurse four months ago.

"The residents truly are my family," Marina said. "I love all of them, which makes it so easy to care for them."


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Tyla Bland, left, receives the July Franciscan Spirit Award from Director of Nursing Jamie Vandergriff.

Scheduler Tyla Bland Wins July Franciscan Spirit Award

When it comes to scheduling staff in the Nursing Department, scheduler Tyla Bland can get quite creative. Her job is not an easy one, yet she does it with enthusiasm and passion - two traits that enabled her to win the July 2016 Franciscan Spirit Award.

"Tyla really goes above and beyond in her job," said Administrator Dan Storey. "She comes in on weekends - even when I tell her not to - to help out if we're short staffed. She makes things run smoothly and she does it with enthusiasm."

Bland started her career at The Village at Marymount in 2013 as a state-tested nursing assistant on the Continuing Care Unit. She was named scheduler in February 2015.

"First and foremost, I care about our residents," the Bedford resident said. "I also love working with our staff."

Tyla is now eligible to be selected as The Village at Marymount's 2016 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year.


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Lucia Visker

Clare Hall LPN Wins June Spirit Award

No matter what the task at hand, Lucia Visker, LPN, is always willing to step in and lend a hand.

This fact, plus Visker's friendly disposition, led her to win the June Franciscan Spirit Award.

"When I first came to The Village at Marymount, she made me feel very welcome," said Olivia Campbell, one of Visker's nominators. Others said Visker is easy to work with and shows appreciation to everyone.

"She is a very good nurse," said Dan Storey, Villa St. Joseph administrator.

Visker is now eligible to become The Village at Marymount's 2016 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year when the presentation is made in December.

For her win this month Visker earned a $100 Giant Eagle gift card.


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Morgan Thompson

Morgan Thompson Wins May Spirit Award

When it comes to getting residents organized for an activity, Morgan Thompson is on top of her game.

As Assistant Activities Team Leader, Thompson loves it when residents are out and about and having a good time enjoying one of the many events available to them at The Village at Marymount. Thompson's boundless energy is one of her many traits that led her to win the May Franciscan Spirit Award.

Becky Manelski, Tyla Bland, Liz Lesko, Beth Sommers, Al Zdesar, Carrie Moore, Kathy Schlekie, and Erica Dominik also were nominated for the May honors. "Morgan is a ray of sunshine," said Stephanie Benson, Director of Social Services and one of Thompson's nominators.

Administrator Dan Storey praised Thompson for always encouraging residents to attend events and engaging them in activities.


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Georgia Cousin

Marymount Place Care Attendant Wins April Franciscan Spirit Award

You could call Georgia Cousin "The All-nighter," as in working evening hour shifts by herself as a care attendant at Marymount Place.

Georgia, one of Marymount Place's most reliable staff members, definitely makes an impact when it comes to caring for the residents. Her work ethic and her love for her job earned Georgia the April 2016 Franciscan Spirit Award,

"Georgia sometimes pulls all-nighters by herself," said Jamie Vandergriff, Director of Nursing at The Village at Marymount. "She is always willing to go above and beyond to help with staffing and to take care of the residents."

Carrie Moore (Rehabilitation); Gwen Thomas, Samaria Etchison, Erica Dominik, and Mary Martin (Nursing) also received nominations for the award.


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Nateisha Hanzy

Marymount Place Server Wins March Franciscan Spirit Award

Nateisha Hanzy's nurturing spirit stems from her days as the owner of a home-based child care business.

Nateisha, who has worked as a server at Marymount Place for nine years, is the winner of the March Franciscan Spirit Award.

"Nateisha is always willing to work with new employees, stay late or come in on her days off if needed," said Vito Simonetta, dietary supervisor and her nominator.

Others who received nominations in March were Liz Lesko, Beth Sommers, and Al Zdesar (Rehab); Maurice Townsend (Nutrition Services); Donna Galbraith (Life Enrichment); Celestine Holt (Medical Records); Kathy Schlekie and Stephanie Benson (Social Service); and Maria Pedrak (Environmental Services).


Cindy Jones receiving her award photo

Marymount Place Server Wins March Franciscan Spirit Award.

Cindy Jones Wins January Franciscan Spirit Award

Upon being named the winner of the January Franciscan Spirit Award, Cindy Jones set a record of sorts: she became the first Franciscan Spirit Award winner whose office is in the Loretto Building.

Jones, who handles accounts payable in the Finance Department, was elated to receive the award from a group of directors and staff on hand to make the presentation.

"I can't believe I won this," Jones said after the presentation. "Thank you all very much."

Jones, who was nominated for the award by Finance Director Kim Pytlak, has worked at The Village at Marymount for 2 1/2 years. Jones and her husband, Tom, are avid fans of the Cleveland Indians and can't wait for the 2016 baseball season to start.

Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey said Jones is a deserving award winner, citing the fact that she also helps out with the Villa St. Joseph reception desk.

Jones is now eligible to become The Village at Marymount's Franciscan Spirit Award 2016 Winner of the Year, and receive the $1,000 cash prize that accompanies the honor.

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