St. Joe's honors 'Values in Action'
By Jesse Phelps
Ojai's St. Joseph's Health and retirement
Center hosted a celebration Saturday, in which a feast was served,
birthdays were honored and award nominations were handed out
to five staff members.
The annual Values in Action awards are
given to those staffers who exemplify one aspect of what St.
Joseph's terms "the spirit of hospitality." The five
aspects are Loving, Welcoming, Transforming, Together and Healing.
Bishop Thomas Curry, regional bishop for Santa Barbara, was on
hand to present the nomination certificates.
Food service worker Maribel Alverez was honored in the category
of Loving. "Maribel exemplifies the value of loving by being
very friendly and attentive to each resident," said the
bishop. "She is a responsible and hard worker who is all
L.V.N. and staff developer Nilda Pickerell received her nomination
for Welcoming. "She always smiles and greets others and
makes them feel special by paying attention to their needs,"
said Bishop Curry. "She is generous to a fault. By sharing
her best, Nilda creates a warm welcoming to all."
The nomination for Transforming went to Maria Luevano de Perez
in housekeeping. "Maria brings out the best in people and
situations by always being available to assist both residents
and staff," Bishop Curry said. "She goes out of her
way to provide assistance and thus shows the value to transform
a situation from good to better."
Father Carroll Laubaucher received his nomination in the category
of Healing. Bishop Curry said, "Father Laubaucher has a
healing touch due to his calmness and caring attitude with others.
He is not judgmental thus allowing another person freedom to
heal from within. He is readily available day or night without
The final nomination went to Jose Sanchez, Certified Nursing
Assistant, for the principle of Together. ""Jose is
a person who lives the values of hospitality in an extraordinary
way," the Bishop said. "Even when working double shifts,
Jose still retains an infectious sense of humor He makes his
presence known by a ready smile, laugh and willingness to assist."
St. Joseph's five nominations will be entered into a three-facility
nomination pool with those from St. John of God Health Care services
in Victorville and St. John of God Retirement and Care Center
in Los Angeles. One finalist will be selected from the total
of 15 nominees to receive the Celebration of Hospitality Award.
The winner will be honored at a dinner
in Los Angeles on Mar. 29 and will receive an all-expenses paid
weekend at a Southern California resort.
Also being honored at the banquet were two residents
celebrating palindrome birthdays.
Grace Callahan turned 88 and Joe Tousignant
turned 99. Residents, staffers and guests sang happy birthday
after the nominations had been handed out, then everyone sat
to enjoy a delicious feast of chicken, salads, and desserts prepared
by the kitchen staff.
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