Franciscan Spirit Award 2017

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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Joanna Kazadi-Abe, center, receives the February 2017 Franciscan Spirit Award from Jamie Vandergriff, left, Director of Nursing, and Heena Patel, SCU Manager. — Photo by Dan Storey

Village(’s) People

Caring For Residents Inspires Nurse, Helps Her Win Spirit Award

Joanna Kazadi-Abe didn't hesitate to answer when asked what inspires her to do her job as an LPN on the Skilled Care Unit: "The residents," she said.

Kazadi-Abe, who has been nominated for the Franciscan Spirit Award on several occasions, finally won the honors for February. She is now eligible to become our Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year when the selection is made in December.

"I like the people I work with, and I love working with the residents," Kazadi-Abe said. "I could never have won this award without the people I work with."

Kazadi-Abe said she was "very surprised" to win the award, as she was dealing with a challenging situation just moments before she saw members of the management team heading in her direction.

"I thought, great now everyone is going to be involved in this," she said. "I didn't believe they were all there to give me the Spirit Award."


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Parkisha Fayne, center, receives the January Franciscan Spirit Award from Vito Simonetta, left, and Andrea Ward

A Drive For Success

Parkisha Fayne Wins January Franciscan Spirit Award

This past December, Parkisha Fayne took it upon herself to organize a clothing and toy drive for underprivileged children in the Garfield Heights-Maple Heights area. She had large clothing donation boxes placed at Marymount Place and Villa St. Joseph for the collection of these items. The items were then collected by the Garfield Heights Salvation Army for distribution to families in need.

The outpouring of staff participation in Parkisha's clothing and toy drive made the event an overwhelming success. Parkisha's initiative with the project is one that best exemplifies of The Village at Marymount's Franciscan Spirit Award -- and the spirit of the facility's Mission. Because of her efforts, Parkisha, a Garfield Heights resident and a baker in the Nutrition Services Department, was named the January 2017 Franciscan Spirit Award winner.

Scott Booth and Mary Liotta (Environmental Services); Celestine Holt (Medical Records); Paige Larney (Administration); and Kathy Schlekie Speth (Social Services) also received nominations for the award.

"I am here for the residents and staff," said Parkisha, who has worked in various roles at The Village at Marymount for the past 13 years. "I want new staff members to come here and be happy and take pride in their work. I want them to stay at least 13 years - and enjoy it -- like I have."

Parkisha received a framed award and a $100 Giant Eagle gift card for winning the award. She becomes eligible to be The Village at Marymount's 2017 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year, which will be presented in December.

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