Marymount Place care attendant Tina Harrison, center, receives the Franciscan Spirit Award from Marymount Place Administrator Peggy Mathews, left, and Unit Manager Jamie Vandergriff. Photo by Kathy Schlekie.
Marymount Place Care Attendant Wins April Spirit Award
Care attendant Tina Harrison has the innate ability to make Marymount Place residents feel special —and treated individually.
Tina’s adherence to living The Village at Marymount’s mission during her time spent with residents helped to earn her the April 2013 Franciscan Spirit Award. Tina received nominations for the award from care attendant Marie Stout and Gloria Lowe, LPN.
Tina has worked at Marymount Place for seven years, and is the daughter of Marymount Place care attendant Patricia Laureano.
“I was very surprised to win this award,” Tina said. “I never expected it. To be nominated by my co-workers is also an honor.”
“Tina always goes the extra mile and shows gentleness and kindness (toward residents), Marie said.
In addition to Tina, Marymount Place care attendants Pamela Sweide and Michelle Perry, and Skilled Care Unit STNA Angelique Jackson also received nominations for the award.
Elaine McCann, PTA, center, receives the March Franciscan Spirit Award from Administrator Dan Storey, left, and Director of Rehabilitation Services Megan Percaciante. Photo by Kathy Schlekie.
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PT Assistant’s Efforts Earn Her March Franciscan Spirit Award
Like many of her fellow staff members and residents, Elaine McCann believes in the power of prayer. It’s not uncommon to see her praying with one of her patients before, during, or after a physical therapy session
Her devotion to God and her patients helped to earn Elaine, a physical therapy assistant, The Village at Marymount’s March Franciscan Spirit Award. Elaine has worked at The Village at Marymount for seven years, two of which were on a PRN basis. She was nominated by occupational therapist Stephanie Buckwell.
“I was so shocked when (the administrative team) presented me with the award,” Elaine said. “I thought for sure that someone else in our department was going to win it.”
In addition to Elaine, Mary Stupczy, PT; Yvonne Lawson, OT; Tricia Smith, PTA; Al Zdesar, PTA; Gary Frounfelker, PTA; Carole Halberg, OTA (our March 2012 award winner); Valerie Robinson, rehab technician; and Kathy Kiefer, rehab technician, received nominations for the award.
“Elaine has such a great rapport with our residents and our therapy team,” said Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey. “She received plenty of very nice comments about her work with the residents and her willingness to help others.”
Megan Percaciante, Director of Rehabilitation Services, also praised Elaine’s efforts: “She is well liked by everyone, her co-workers and the residents included. She’s very deserving of this award.”
Kelly Bolois, center, receives the February Franciscan Spirit Award from Administrator Dan Storey, left, and Director of Nursing Jamie Killian-Centa. Photo by Bill Lemanowicz.
Kelly’s Services Earn Her Franciscan Spirit Award
Kelly Bolois has held a variety of positions during her 12 years at The Village at Marymount. She started as a state-tested nursing assistant on Clare Hall in 2000 and six years later moved to the Life Enrichment Department. After three years conducting activities for residents, the Parma resident got the itch to expand her nursing career.
She promptly enrolled in classes at Brown Mackie College in Akron and pointed both her career and personal life paths in a new direction. It was while attending classes at Brown Mackie College that she met her husband, Mark, whom she married last August.
Kelly’s nursing skills, rapport with staff, residents, and family – coupled with her longevity at The Village at Marymount – earned her the February 2013 Franciscan Spirit Award.In addition to Kelly, RNs Delonia Rencher, Lori Moskalski, and Kim Toke also received nominations, as did LPNs Joanna Penn, Natalie Thornton, Jamie Arrington, Lynn Szwejkowski, and Theresa Kucharczyk.
“This was a very difficult decision because we had so many excellent candidates among our RNs and LPNs,” said Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey. “Everyone knows Kelly and she’s done a terrific job here as an LPN.”
After graduating from Brown Mackie College in 2011 with her LPN degree, Kelly was hired as an LPN on the continuing care unit.
“There is something new to experience every day,” Kelly said. “I learn every day and I Iove the people here – the residents and my co-workers.”
Kelly received three nominations from the Rehabilitation Services Department.
“Kelly comes to work every day with a smile on her face,” said nominator Elaine McCann. “She is always willing to help fellow staff members.”
Terrell Meredith, center, receives the January 2013 Franciscan Spirit Award from Andrea Ward, left, Director of Food Service, and Vito Simonetta.
Dietary Aide Wins January Franciscan Spirit Award
You could say that dietary aide Terrell Meredith is on a mission to live the mission of The Village at Marymount. Meredith, who has worked in the Nutrition Services Department for nearly three years, takes great pride in assisting residents with their daily dietary needs.
“If they ask me for something and I get it for them, it makes me feel good,” Meredith said. “It’s a great feeling to be able to help them.”
This attitude, and an exemplary caring nature, enabled Meredith to win The Village at Marymount’s January 2013 Franciscan Spirit Award. The Cleveland resident was nominated by Vito Simonetta, Nutrition Services administrative assistant, and winner of both the January 2012 Franciscan Spirit Award and the 2012 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year.
“Terrell cares a great deal about getting food to our residents promptly and correctly,” Simonetta said. “He has an outstanding work ethic.”
So how will Meredith celebrate his winning?
“I’m leaving for Columbus tomorrow (Jan. 17) to compete in the Ohayocon 2013 Anime video game convention,” he said. “Last year I did pretty well.”
Jacqui Williams and Ed Upesleja also received nominations for the award. Meredith is now eligible to become The Village at Marymount’s 2013 Franciscan Spirit Award Winner of the Year in December.