INDIANAPOLIS - The National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Indiana State Chapter honored Michelle Hollingsworth with its MS Superstar Nurse of the Year award at its Moving Forward event, presented by Genzyme, a Sanofi Company, on Oct. 27 at the Sheraton City Centre Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Hollingsworth, a nurse with Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice in Kokomo, was nominated by a Hoosier living with MS for her dedication to the National MS Society and her unwavering desire to realize a world free of MS.
Great Lakes Caring provides home health care and hospice care in Kokomo and throughout the Midwest, and Hollingsworth has been an integral part of that work. She has been described as excellent with personal home care, even volunteering to go between the doctor and patient to help implement therapies. Because of her assistance and attention, this often results in much faster patient recovery. Hollingsworth has knowledge and experience with many MS patients.
Four other MS Superstar awards were given during Moving Forward. In its second year, Moving Forward contained break-out training sessions for various constituent groups and a Resource Fair with a variety of vendors providing information about how their products and services can help maximize independence and improve overall quality of life for those living with MS.
Other award winners included Dr. David Josephson of JWM Neurology in Indianapolis, who won MS Superstar Physician of the Year. Mike and Della Lovings of Lovings Heating and Cooling I Northwest Indiana won MS Business Supporter of the Year, Carla Schneidewind won MS Superstar Volunteer of the Year and Apparatus an Indianapolis-based provider of Advanced Information Technology Consulting and Managed Services, won Employer of the Year.
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2010 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $159 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $37 million to support 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.
Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).
Great Lakes Caring - with branches in Kokomo, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Lafayette and South Bend—is one of the Midwest’s premier providers of a continuum of care, consisting of home health, palliative care, and hospice care as well as home medical equipment . Its care services are delivered with an unparalleled level of superior quality by our exceptionally dedicated team of health care professionals to more than 6,000 patients across Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Their intimate approach to caring for our patients, along with our extraordinary pursuit of next generation health care technologies and innovative care services, drives more than 2,000 loyal physicians to entrust their patients’ care to Great Lakes Caring.