Lorie Schmitz, Clinical Aid, 500 Medicine
Lorie Schmitz has worked as a Clinical Aid on the 500 Medicine Unit for ten years and is known for her warm smile and positive attitude. She was nominated by a peer who appreciates her hard work and desire to help others.
Lorie helps the unit run efficiently and takes the time to lend a hand to her coworkers, often picking up extra shifts and staying late. Lorie has a laugh that uplifts patients and staff. She encourages others and goes the extra mile to help patient feel comfortable during their hospital stay. She happily provides comfort with a listening ear, open heart and words of prayer.
According to Lorie, the best part of her job is “helping patients to be comfortable, feel cared for and not alone. Often families need someone to listen and be a friend to them.” Patients are lucky to have a friend like Lorie.
Katherine Lessard, Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Department
Katherine Lessard has been a Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department at St. Mary’s for three years. She was nominated for the Reverend Rip Kirby Award of Excellence by a patient for her professionalism and compassion.
The patient describes Katherine as soft and gentle in her approach, listening intently as she described her symptoms and taking the time to explain and discuss options. The patient said she shed tears of gratitude when Katherine called her at home on a weekend to relay test results. She felt heard by Katherine.
Katherine says it is a privilege to share in the responsibility of looking after patients in the Emergency Department and she is thankful to SMGH for having her as part of the team.
Gerald LeMoine, Manager, Engineering and Housekeeping
Gerald LeMoine, Manager of Engineering and Housekeeping has been with St. Mary’s for 27 years. Gerald was nominated for the Rip Kirby Award of Excellence for his patient-focused nature and leadership.
Gerald continually strives to enhance patient care by keeping all facilities running smoothly. He ensures the safest environment possible for our community and works tirelessly to achieve this goal. Gerald is respectful, accountable and responsive. He motivates others and inspires a culture of innovation and problem solving.
Gerald is grateful for his role at St. Mary’s and the ability to “continually support and provide a safe and healthy facility for patients, volunteers and staff.”
Suzanne Oleski, RN, Cath Lab
Suzanne Oleski, RN in the Cath Lab, has been with St. Mary’s for 12 years. She was nominated for the Rip Kirby Award of Excellence for her teamwork and commitment to providing exceptional patient care.
Suzanne leads by example, going above and beyond to support her team. She lends a helping hand when possible and is not afraid to take on a challenge. Suzanne is known for always wearing a smile and offering positive energy to patients and co-workers. Her compassionate nature allows her to easily connect with patients and families.
Suzanne’s role allows her to see first-hand the “positive patient experiences that are very rewarding and make a difference.” She is grateful to her collaborative team for inspiring patients.
Marion Dunnington has been a Registered Practical Nurse at St. Mary’s for 28 years. She was nominated for the Rip Kirby Award of Excellence for her commitment to providing respectful and compassionate patient care.
Marion is an inspiring leader amongst her colleagues, quick to tackle challenges and lend a hand. She mentors students, taking time to teach and answer questions. Marion is a role model for the next generation of nurses, demonstrating a tireless commitment to providing excellent patient and family centred care.
Marion’s kind nature allows her to bond with patients, guiding them through their care journey and easing their anxiety. For Marion, “providing support to patients and their families is important.” She is grateful to be part of the St. Mary’s team and work with such a “wonderful group of staff on the 700 unit”.
Lisa Pell has been Program Manager of the Emergency Department at St. Mary’s for just over a year and, in that short time, has had a tremendous impact. She was nominated for the Reverend Rip Kirby Award of Excellence by her colleagues who praise her compassion and commitment to safe, high quality patient care.
Lisa leads by example, continuously encouraging and supporting her team to reach their full potential. She embraces challenges with the utmost professionalism and kindness ensuring her patients receive excellent and innovative care. Her ability to balance demanding needs and provide strategic mentorship to her team makes Lisa an invaluable addition to St. Mary’s.
Lisa says she is “grateful for the opportunity to be program manager and is blessed to be part of an amazing team whose dedication inspires her every day.”
Charleene Fros, RN and Integrated Comprehensive Care Program (ICC) Coordinator has worked at St. Mary’s for 27 years. Charleene was nominated for the Reverend Rip Kirby Award of Excellence for her collaborative nature and compassionate care.
Charleene is a team player who continuously supports her colleagues at St. Mary’s with optimism and enthusiasm. She positively embraces challenges and always looks for innovative ways to deliver better patient care. Her compassionate approach helps patients and their families navigate every step of their healthcare journey in the hospital and after they go home.
Charleene is “inspired by how thankful each patient and family is for the ICC program.” She is grateful to work in a role that allows her to “build relationships with patients and directly impact their experience.” For Charleene, “it’s all about team work.”
Leanne Kuntz, a Registered Respiratory Therapist in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU), has worked at St. Mary’s for 17 years. Leanne was nominated for the reverend Rip Kirby Award of Excellence for her commitment to providing outstanding patient care.
Leanne goes above and beyond for her patients ensuring they are comfortable and have the support needed during their time at St. Mary’s. Her compassionate care helps each patient reach their full potential while on the road to recovery. Leanne is a role model for her team, demonstrating a kind spirit and tireless commitment to providing excellent patient care every day.
Leanne comes to work knowing her role makes a difference. She enjoys “making patients’ lives meaningful during their stay at St. Mary’s.” Her dedication is inspiring for many, including the families with loved ones in her care. For Leanne “it’s all about the patients.”
Edin Barucija, Lead Hand, Environmental Services
Edin Barucija, Lead Hand, Environmental Services has worked at St. Mary’s for nine years. Edin was nominated for the Reverend Rip Kirby Award of Excellence for his commitment to quality and excellence for both patients and staff.
Edin treats everyone with the utmost respect, providing compassionate support to those around him. His warm and caring spirit inspires not only his team, but St. Mary’s as a whole. Edin’s dedication to providing a clean and safe environment is demonstrated by his excellent work ethic and passion for helping others.
Edin is “grateful to be a member of a team that treats each other like family.” He is always looking for innovative ways to improve the patient experience and feels a great sense of pride “helping co-workers and patients remain safe and protected while at St. Mary’s.”
Alisa Paneghel, a Registered Nurse and Integrated Comprehensive Care Program (ICC) Coordinator has worked at St. Mary’s for 11 years. Alisa was nominated for the reverend Rip Kirby Award of Excellence for her commitment to patient and family centred care.
Alisa treats each day as an opportunity to teach others and learn something new. She delivers compassionate care to patients, ensuring they are fully supported through their journey at St. Mary’s and when they return home. Her dedication to helping others is inspiring for patients, their families and the ICC team.
Alisa enjoys coming to work every day knowing her role makes a difference in the lives patients and their families. Alisa is “proud to be a nurse and honoured to work with such a great team in the ICC program.”
Rose Anderson, RN, Emergency Department
Rose Anderson, a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department has worked at St. Mary’s for 25 years. Rose was nominated for the Reverend Rip Kirby Award of Excellence for her compassionate care and teamwork.
Rose goes above and beyond for her patients, taking the time to fully understand their needs and ensure they receive the best care possible. Rose is a leader and mentor at St. Mary’s. She encourages participation, responsibility and mutual respect within her team. For many at St. Mary’s, Rose is not only a co-worker, but also a friend.
Rose feels supported by her “incredible” colleagues. “Our diverse and hardworking team is always there for you,” she says.
Sharon Rozema, a Clinical Aide on 700 has worked at St. Mary’s for 22 years. Sharon was nominated for the reverend Rip Kirby Award of Excellence for her dedication to patient care.
Sharon demonstrates a commitment to patient safety, responsible stewardship and respect. She takes the time to listen to her patents and ensures all their needs are met. Her positive attitude helps patients start their day and stay motivated.
Passionate about delivering excellent care, Sharon says she leaves St. Mary’s every day “feeling accomplished and inspired by her patients.”
Debbie Kind, RN, MSICU/CCU
Debbie Kind, a Registered Nurse in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care/Critical Care Unit (MSICU/CCU), displays leadership qualities with her patient-centred approach. She’s compassionate and encourages family participation during health challenges.
She was nominated for the Reverend Rip Kirby Award of Excellence by a colleague who said working in MSICU/CCU can be hard at times – Debbie makes it look easy.
“She works tirelessly caring not for her needs, but for the needs of patients, their families and her colleagues. We are lucky to have her,” he said.
A St. Mary’s employee for over 28 years, Debbie says she enjoys her job, colleagues and working with patients and their families.
Angela Moon, Registered Respiratory Therapist
Angela Moon, a Registered Respiratory Therapist at St. Mary’s for 10 years, is compassionate and professional in her approach to patient care.
She was nominated for the Reverend Rip Kirby Award of Excellence by colleagues who admire how she advocates for patients who don’t always have a voice.
“Angela often considers the spirit of patients in the Intensive Care Unit, and brings chronically ventilated patients outside to give them a sense of normality while recovering from lengthy illnesses,” her colleagues say.
Angela says she appreciates that St. Mary’s nurtures and respects a team mentality. “Each of us has a voice in patient care flow.”
Rukhsana Popat, Registration Clerk
Rukhsana Popat, a Registration Clerk in Day Surgery, is a team player who is respectful, compassionate and supportive towards patients.
She was nominated for the Reverend Rip Kirby Award of Excellence by a physician who says it puts a smile on her face to see Rukhsana in action.
“Her warmth puts patients at ease and helps the team run more smoothly. Rukhsana views life as a gift and shares that gift with others at work and in the community,” she said.
A St. Mary’s employee for more than 35 years, Rukhsana says she truly feels blessed to work with colleagues who provide exceptional care to their patients on a daily basis.