LeadingAge Ohio announces full 2021 awards slate, includes Sister of St. Francis of Tiffin
Posted on August 25, 2021 in Hospice, In The News
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s voice for the continuum of long-term services and supports, LeadingAge Ohio, today announced its full slate of 2021 award winners, including Sister Marguerite Lamberjack, who volunteers with Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice and Ohio Living Swan Creek in Toledo, Ohio. Award winners were honored at LeadingAge Ohio’s Annual Conference and Trade Show August 4-6 in Columbus, Ohio.
LeadingAge Ohio represents over 400 long-term care organizations and hospices, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services, in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities. The continuum of care reflected by the member organizations serve an estimated 400,000 elderly Ohioans daily and employ more than 35,000 persons statewide.
“2021 has been a challenging year as the aging services workforce has bravely continued the fight against coronavirus and its effects, which include mental and emotional toll in addition to physical danger,” stated Kathryn Brod, President/CEO of LeadingAge Ohio. “To have caring volunteers like Sister Marguerite supporting our membership has given strength to care providers as they continue to serve residents and patients, as well as support staff and families, throughout this year of recovery and renewed challenges.”
Excellence in Volunteer Service (Individual)
Sister Marguerite Lamberjack, Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice & Ohio Living Swan Creek (Toledo, Ohio)
The Excellence in Volunteer Service Award is awarded to an individual or group whose exemplary volunteer service plays a critical role enriching the lives of those served by a LeadingAge Ohio member organization. This year’s Excellence in Volunteer Service Award for an individual was presented to Sister Marguerite Lamberjack of Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice.
Sister Marguerite Lamberjack is a Sister of St. Francis of Tiffin and a volunteer with Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice. Through her hospice volunteer work, Sister Marguerite offers unconditional emotional support and companionship to patients and families at Ohio Living Swan Creek, as well as patients within the Toledo community. Despite COVID restrictions, Sister Marguerite still managed to volunteer over 700 hours supporting patients over the past year, including with those who were isolated. When unable to visit in person, she sent letters. One individual, whose husband currently receives hospice services through Ohio Living, stated of Sister Marguerite: “She is the most deserving person in the world. She has been a godsend and a gift from heaven for my husband and me.”
Emerging Leader Award
Debra Durbin, United Church Homes Chapel Hill Community (Canal Fulton, Ohio)
The Emerging Leader Award is bestowed to an individual(s) within a LeadingAge Ohio member organization who demonstrates personal integrity, leadership, and professional dedication in his or her career. This year’s Emerging Leader Award was presented to Debra Durbin of United Church Homes Chapel Hill Community.
Excellence in Caring
Kelly Rose, Shepherd of the Valley (Liberty, Ohio)
The Excellence in Caring Award is awarded to an outstanding direct or indirect care professional(s) within a LeadingAge Ohio member organization who exemplifies quality and care in the field of aging services. This year’s Excellence in Caring Award was presented to Kelly Rose of Shepherd of the Valley.
Excellence in Volunteer Service (Group)
Ohio’s Hospice Nursing Honor Guard, Ohio’s Hospice (Statewide)
The Excellence in Volunteer Service Award is awarded to an individual or group whose exemplary volunteer service plays a critical role enriching the lives of those served by a LeadingAge Ohio member organization. This year’s Excellence in Volunteer Service Award for a group was presented to Ohio’s Hospice Nursing Honor Guard.
Rose and Sam Stein Heart of Hospice Award
Jennifer Stonebrook, Hospice of the Western Reserve (Cleveland, Ohio)
Named in honor of long-time hospice supporters Rose & Sam Stein, the Heart of Hospice Award honors an organization or individual who: makes a significant contribution to the community, patients and families, and the hospice organization; develops new and innovative ways to accomplish and improve teamwork and deliver exceptional hospice and palliative care services; helps other groups, team members and organizational members, go beyond the call of duty; or, is a resource for other groups and programs locally, regionally and statewide. This year’s Heart of Hospice Award was presented to Jennifer Stonebrook of the Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Visionary Leadership Award
Larry Gumina, Ohio Living (Statewide)
The Visionary Leadership Award is awarded to an individual that has made an outstanding contribution in the field of aging through inspirational and visionary leadership. The 2021 Visionary Leadership Award of Honor was presented to Larry Gumina of Ohio Living.
Excellence in Pandemic Innovation
Michael Gray, Eliza Jennings (Cleveland, Ohio)
The Excellence in Pandemic Innovation Award is awarded to a LeadingAge Ohio member organization displaying innovation through the implementation of a practice or activity which contributes significantly to the quality of life of the individuals served. This year’s Excellence in Pandemic Innovation Award was presented to Michael Gray of Eliza Jennings.
Public Service Award
Representative Scott Oelslager (R-Canton)
The LeadingAge Ohio Public Service Award is bestowed as deserved to those legislators that emerge as leaders in the aging sector and show a commitment to taking on the issues most important to older adults and aging services providers in Ohio. The 2021 Public Service Awards was presented to Representative Scott Oelslager.
Founded in 1937, LeadingAge Ohio is a nonprofit organization that represents over 400 long-term care organizations and hospices, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services, in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities. The continuum of care reflected by the member organizations serve an estimated 400,000 elderly Ohioans daily and employ more than 35,000 persons statewide.