At St. Joseph’s Health Centre, our entire community of staff, physicians, volunteers and students is committed to living our mission and values, fulfilling a promise first made by the Sisters of St. Joseph almost 100 years ago to care for our community. Every year, we hold a special event called the Legend Awards to recognize our people who exemplify these values, as determined by their peers.
The Legend Awards were introduced in March 2005 in honour of Sister Marcella Herlehy, to formally recognize individuals and teams who consistently demonstrate extraordinary achievements and consistently exemplify our mission and values. As a chaplain at the Health Centre for 23 years, Sister Marcella Herlehy devoted her life to ministering to the sick and supporting the staff, physicians and volunteers at St. Joseph’s by living our mission and values in a special way, everyday.
This year we were excited to recognize six individuals for their contributions to the Health Centre. Meet our 2018 Legend Award recipients:
Social Responsibility: Heather Hrobsky, social worker, adult mental health inpatient unit
“Heather is an outstanding social worker. She helps all of the patients and families on the psychiatry inpatient unit, but she seems to have a special eye for our most vulnerable, disenfranchised and often over-looked patients. One memory that sticks out is a young woman with a developmental disability and an extensive trauma history who found the 7M environment challenging. Even though she was not the social worker assigned to the patient, Heather would visit this woman daily, bringing her nail polish or colouring sheets and taking her to water the plants around the seventh floor. Her dedication and work ethic are remarkable.”
Community of Service: Heather Jones, Sophie Czyzewski, Kathleen O’Brien, Maura Tootill, Joanne Bak, Nellie Dato, Sister Mary Carmen Maclean (not pictured: Vilma Sharp, Shoney Farinas), volunteers
“Combined, these nine volunteers have contributed 125 years of volunteer service and 254 years of employment at St. Joe’s. This special group of volunteers lives the mission and the values of St. Joe’s every day. They remain compassionate, caring and committed to our patients and the work of the Health Centre.”
Human Dignity: Florence Milan, health-care attendant, 6G
“Florence epitomizes everything health care stands for: she’s dedicated to helping those in need, going out of her way to ensure patients are comfortable and taken care of as well as sacrificing her own time to help others. She has been known to launder client’s clothes that have no family or friends to assist them. She truly is a difference maker.”
Compassion: Jennifer Comello, registered nurse, Heart Function Clinic
“Through her kind and compassionate approach to care, Jennifer has done much to ease the suffering of patients living with heart failure. Patients repeatedly comment on how comforting they find Jennifer’s kind and warm nature. You can literally see the smiles and relief on patient’s faces when they arrive to the clinic and hear Jennifer’s infectious laugh down the hallway. Her positive attitude, humility and respect for colleagues are evident on a daily basis. We cannot emphasize enough the positive impact on patient care in the Health Centre Jennifer has had.”
Excellence: Dr. Iram Ahmed, psychiatrist, adult mental health inpatient unit
“Dr. Iram Ahmed embodies excellence. She has been directly responsible for numerous improvements in the care that psychiatric patients at this hospital receive. Her enthusiasm for excellence in patient care and best practices is infectious. Dr. Ahmed is a strong advocate for change that positively impacts the patient experience. Her commitment to excellence has made her a valued physician at St. Joe’s.”
Excellence: Luisa Guerrera, Patient Care Manager, Family Birthing Centre
“Luisa is an exceptional leader who continuously strives for excellence. She has led numerous projects to ensure women have a great experience while delivering babies at St. Joe’s. Some of these initiatives have included improved security on the unit, introduction of the obstetrical triage acuity scale and a more recently a working group to assess early pregnancy loss. These initiatives would not be possible without Luisa’s strengths in communication and teamwork. She is a very well respected leader and engages staff to ensure their input s consistently considered.”
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