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2018 Social Worker of the Year Awards Announced

(March 2, 2018) In recognition of National Social Work Month in March, Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice has selected 137 social workers and social work departments to receive a 2018 Social Worker of the Year Award. The recipients were selected from over 26,000 referral sources in nine states.

Adam Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes Caring, shared that illness, disability and life-limiting conditions have far-reaching consequences beyond an individual's physical health. “Social workers play an important role assessing the social and emotional factors affecting patients and their families, and connecting them to key community resources,” Nielsen said.

This year’s recipients are:

Aaron Goodbinder, Redwood of Blue River, Kansas City, MO
Abbie Singer, Genesis Twin Rivers, Defiance, OH
Adam Brush, Saginaw Senior Care & Rehab, Saginaw, MI
Adwoa Baxter, Brookdale Westlake Village, Westlake, OH
Alice Mcarthur, Shawnee Gardens, Shawnee, KS
Alicia Hooker, Sanctuary at McAuley, Muskegon, MI
Alisha McPherson, Eaton County Center for Health & Rehabilitation Services, East Lansing, MI
Allison Stamp, Manorcare Health Services, Libertyville, IL
Amber Houver, Medilodge of Lansing, Lansing, MI
Amber Richardson, Promedica Provincial House of Adrian, Jackson, MI
Amie Swim, Smith Crossing, Orland Park, IL
Amy Stover, Autumn Terrace Health and Rehabilitation, Raytown , MO
Amy Jo Zabavski, Plainwell Pines Nursing & Rehabilitation Community, Plainwell, MI
Andrea Barker, The Oaks at North Pointe Woods, Battle Creek, MI
Angela Pfamatter, The Grove of Northbrook, Northbrook, IL
Angela Palazzolo, Fountain View of Monroe, Monroe, MI
Ann Watkin, Owen Valley Health Campus, Spencer, IN
Ariana Thelen, Chelsea Retirement, Chelsea, MI
Becky Carter, Durand Senior Care and Rehab, Durand, MI
Becky Michaluk, Otterbein Portage Valley, Pemberville, OH
Beth Schumacher, Geriatric & Medical Specialists of Michigan, Flint, MI
Betty Prince, Heritage House, New Castle, IN
Betty Slogan, Port Healthcare Center, Newburyport, MA
Brenda Meiring, Thornapple Manor, Hastings, MI
Brenda Ruddy, The Willows at East Lansing, East Lansing, MI
Brian Neal, Regency at West Lansing, Lansing, MI
Britney Zahl, Sanctuary at McAuley, Muskegon, MI
Brittany Bracey, Ashton Creek Health and Rehab, Fort Wayne, IN
Brittany Scally, Martha T Berry Medical Care Center, Mt. Clemens, MI
Carly Haines, Waterford Place Health Campus, Kokomo, IN
Carmen Krocko, The Springs of Crystal Lake, Crystal Lake, IL
Carolyn Messina, Heartland Health Care Center, Sterling Heights, MI
Cassie Sweidan, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI
Chelsea Daum, Hazel Findlay Country Manor, St. Johns, MI
Chelsey Pasha, Heartland Health Care Center, Sterling Heights, MI
Chris Cremean, Swanton Health Care and Retirement Center, Swanton, OH
Courtney Wilcoxen, Mason Health and Rehab, Warsaw, IN
Courtney DeBeul, Woodward Hills Nursing Center, Bloomfield Hill, MI
Danielle Riss, York Hospital, York, ME
Darnell Holmes, Hazel Findlay Country Manor, St. Johns, MI
Dawn Lowrance, Evergreen Senior Care & Rehab Center, Springfield, MI
Deb Feehan, Lakeview Village, Lenexa, KS
Discharge Planning Staff, Belle Fountain Nursing & Rehab, Riverview, MI
Don Morris, Stow Glen, Stow, OH
Donna Mitschelen, Courtyard Healthcare Center, Goshen, IN
Elaina Gates, Martha T Berry Medical Care Center, Mt. Clemens, MI
Elyse Kirma, Heartland Health Care Center, Sterling Heights, MI
Erica Trimuel, Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care, Chicago, IL
Erica Asip, Homeview Center of Franklin, Franklin, IN
Erin Wire, Community Hospital North, Indianapolis, IN
Greg Morris, Courtyard Healthcare Center, Goshen, IN
Heather Adduci, Community Hospital Rehab, Munster, IN
Heather Spotts, Breslin Cancer Center, Lansing, MI
Heather Freysinger, Chelsea Retirement Community, Chelsea, MI
Holly Dawes, Colonial Poplin, Fremont, NH
Janette Vasser, Woodward Hills Nursing Center, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Jean King, Lake County Council on Aging, Mentor, OH
Jeannie McLean, Millpond Health Campus, Greencastle, IN
Jennifer Murphy, Park Village Health Care, Dover, OH
Jessica Marr, Metron of Belding, Belding, MI
Jill Savage, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI
Jonathan Richardson, Arbor Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Spring Arbor, MI
Jordan Clark, Lakeview Village, Lenexa, KS
Judy Hetzel, Eskenazi Health Palliative Care, Indianapolis, IN
Julie Wills, The Pines Lakeside Therapy Center, Canton, OH
Julie Simmons, Courtyard Healthcare Center, Goshen, IN
Karen Clinton, The Harbors at The Admiral at the Lake, Chicago, IL
Karli Keur, Woodward Hills Nursing Center, Bloomfield Hill, MI
Kate Ebert, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Delphi, IN
Katherine Kasper, Chesterton Manor, Chesterton, IN
Kathy Elmore, Community Hospital North, Indianapolis, IN
Kathy, Bollenberg, Martha T Berry Medical Care Center, Mt. Clemens, MI
Katie Hannan, Thornapple Manor, Hastings, MI
Katie Skellenger, Wellspring Lutheran Services, Frankenmuth, MI
Kia Jones, Samaritas Senior Care, Saginaw, MI
Kim Palmer, Cobblestone Crossings Health Campus, Terre Haute, IN
Kim Peterson, Laurels of Bedford, Battle Creek, MI
Kirstian Sethaler, Jacksonville Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, Jacksonville, IL
Kristen Shamblin, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Commerce Charter Twp, MI
Kristy Hammond, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Commerce Charter Twp, MI
Lara Fry-Bowen , The Villas Senior Care Community, Sherman, IL
Laura Owens, Good Samaritan-Valley Vista, Wamego, KS
Laurie Bunker, Osage Nursing Center, Osage City, KS
Lee Ann Smith, Wellbrooke of Kokomo, Kokomo, IN
Lenka Phelps, Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, MA
Lindsay Starcevic, Christian Village, Lincoln, IL
Lisa Mace, Woodward Hills Nursing Center, Bloomfield Hill, MI
Maria Murphy, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Commerce Charter Twp, MI
Mary Hovenkamp, Advantage Living, Battle Creek, MI
Megan Porter, Eskenazi Health Palliative Care, Indianapolis, IN
Megan Conroy, Tendercare of Ludington, Ludington, MI
Megan Lister, Allendale Nursing and Rehabilitation Community, Allendale, MI
Michelle Orr, Heartland Health Care Center, Sterling Heights, MI
Mickala Robinson, Hamilton Trace, Fishers, IN
Nancy Fogle, Eskenazi Health Palliative Care, Indianapolis, IN
Nancy Zammitt, Applewood Nursing Center, Woodhaven, MI
Nancy Cosby, Medilodge of Monroe, Monroe, MI
Nicole Sibick, Silver Cross, New Lenox, IL
Pam Kinney, Independence Manor Care Center, Independence, MO
Paulette Ayers, Life Care Center of Valparaiso, Valparaiso, IN
Polly Kovach, West Lake Nursing and Rehab, West Lake, OH
Rachel Moeller, Aldersgate Village, Topeka, KS
Rebecca Leonard, Samaritas Senior Care, Saginaw, MI
Rhonda Harmon, Medilodge of Marshall, Marshall, MI
RJ Gabbara, Greenfield Rehab and Nursing Center, Royal Oak, MI
Rose Bonney, Arbors of Oregon, Oregon, OH
Ryan Hanneken, Centerpointe Care Center at Lakeview Village, Lenexa, K
Sarah Henman, Union Hospital ACO, Terre Haute, IN
Sarah Hyvarinen, Thornapple Manor, Hastings, MI
Shawnna Fairman, Mentor Ridge Health and Rehabilitation, Mentor, OH
Social Work Department, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Shawnee Mission, KS
Social Work Department, The University of Kansas Cancer Center, Westwood, KS
Social Work Department, The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS
Social Work Department, The University of Kansas Memory Care Clinic, Fairway, KS
Social Work Department, Dimondale Nursing Care Center, Dimondale, MI
Social Work Department, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ypsilanti, MI
Social Work Department, Dimondale Nursing Care Center, Dimondale, MI
Social Work Department, Holt Senior Care and Rehab, Holt, MI
Sr Tami Schab, Borgess Gardens, Kalamazoo, MI
Steffany Brosa, Lakeview Village, Lenexa, KS
Stephanie Cole, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Commerce Charter Twp, MI
Susan Welch, Saginaw Senior Care & Rehab, Saginaw, MI
Tamara Landon, Metron of Belding, Belding, MI
Tamela Armentrout, Redwood of Blue River, Kansas City, MO
Tana Hawkins, Monticello Healthcare, Monticello, IN
Tara Loffredo, Strive Rehab Center, Palos Hills, IL
Taylor Reilly, Arbor Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Spring Arbor, MI
Teredia Austin, Martha T Berry Medical Care Center, Mt. Clemens, MI
Teresa Coenen, Thornapple Manor, Hastings, MI
Theresa Johnson, Church Creek Rehabilitation, Arlington Heights, IL
Theresa Edwards, Martha T Berry Medical Care Center, Mt. Clemens, MI
Tiffanie Haskins, Medilodge of Capital Area, Lansing, MI
Tori Lyvere, Medilodge of Howell, Howell, MI
Trisha Griswold, Countryside Nursing and Rehab, South Haven, MI
Victoria Plane, Woodward Hills Nursing Center, Bloomfield Hill, MI
Virginia Vasquez, Woodward Hills Nursing Center, Bloomfield Hill, MI
Vivian Tokarczyk, Heartland Health Care Center, Ann Arbor, MI

The recipients were chosen for this recognition based on their belief in good communication; for understanding the needs of their patients and the importance of making timely referrals; and for their collaborative care when a patient is in need of hospice or home health care. 

“Great Lakes Caring is pleased to work alongside all of this year’s recipients, and look forward to continuing our work together – making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families every day,” said Nielsen.