Peer awards honour outstanding St. Joseph’s employees

Mar. 20, 2012

Each year employees at St. Joseph’s nominate their peers for a Sisters of St. Joseph Award for Excellence.  “These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who make a difference each and every day in the lives of our patients and residents.” says President and CEO Dr. Gillian Kernaghan.

This year the 22nd annual awards are being presented on March 19 - the Feast of St. Joseph – as a way to honour the legacy of our founding Sisters of St. Joseph. While the many employees nominated this year are valued members of the St. Joseph’s team, five stellar nominees were selected for the award based on how they live the St. Joseph’s values of respect, excellence and compassion. Here is a brief summary of each award recipient.

Physiotherapist Shannon McGuire is a keen mentor and teacher to physiotherapy students, and a visionary who sees opportunities in patient care and makes them happen. Some of her of her achievements include the Vision Rehab and Locomotor Training Programs. She goes above and beyond for patients, wanting each of them to have the best quality of life possible.

Registered practical nurse Deb Sims was integral in the vision and implementation of the Transitional Care Unit. With great compassion she bolsters the spirits and well-being of her patients and ensures excellence in care. She is tuned in to patient needs, and actively participates in knowledge exchange though a variety of committees.

Library technician Elizabeth Pattison can remember everyone she encounters and goes out of her way to respond to requests. Passionate about providing the best information and service possible, she readily volunteers for committees, teaching and learning opportunities and special projects that will enhance her ability to serve her patrons.

Social worker Lynda Parker makes everyone around her feel safe, valued, respected and heard. A visionary who is always looking for new and better ways of doing things, Lynda purchased her own walker to be a role model for frail senior patients. The walker allows her to sit and have a conversation at eye level with patients, and helps remove stigmas about walkers.

Speech language pathologist Margo Clinker buys herself the same equipment she recommends to patients so she can practice and problem solve for them in advance  With a deep passion for helping patients reach their full potential, she is an advocate, coach and cheerleader who creatively motivates, inspires and achieves life-changing results - body, mind and spirit.

Sister Pat McKeon of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, and Board Chair Marcie Grail presented the awards at the ceremony on March 19.

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For more information, please contact:
Anne Kay, Communication and Public Affairs
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Phone: 519  685-4292, ext. 42470
Pager: 519 649-9238

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