St. Mary’s Presents 2016 Mission Legacy Awards

June 9th, 2016

KITCHENER, ON (June 9, 2016) – Today St. Mary’s General Hospital recognized five local people who have contributed in an exceptional manner to the healthcare ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton, St. Mary’s General Hospital and the St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation.

St. Mary’s was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton and opened its doors in 1924. Since that time, the hospital’s staff, physicians and volunteers have proudly carried on the legacy of compassionate, excellent care delivered by the Sisters. “For more than 90 years, dignity, compassion and respect have been the hallmarks of care at St. Mary’s.” said President, Don Shilton. “We are proud to recognize the outstanding individuals who help bring these characteristics to life.”

Recipients were chosen by a selection committee comprised of St. Mary’s Board members, volunteers, Foundation representatives and staff. Nominations are accepted internally, as well as from members of the community at large. More information about the Mission Legacy Awards, including how to submit a nomination, can be found at www.smgh.ca/about-us/who-we-are/recognition-programs.

The 2016 honorees are: Terry Boshart, Dr. Nicole Didyk, Dianne Moser, Martha Stauch and Patricia Wright.

Read more about these outstanding individuals:

Terry Boshart

Terry Boshart, Manager, Professional Practice and Patient Safety, has played a key role in advancing patient and family centred care at St. Mary’s. With a caring and dignified approach, he tackles complex projects with patients and families at the forefront of each decision. His colleagues value his dedication to staff and patient safety. Terry is a respected team player and role model, who always has a warm, cheerful attitude.

Dr. Nicole Didyk

Dr. Nicole Didyk, a Geriatrician, is known for compassion and respect for the dignity of frail elderly patients. She is a leader in geriatric care, an educator of future physicians and a pioneer in providing consultation and medical support to housebound older adults. She respects the complex journey of geriatric patients and their caregivers and embodies the mission and vision of St. Mary’s through her practice, support and knowledge.

Dianne Moser

Dianne Moser, was Chair of the St. Mary’s Board of Trustees from 2007-2009 and Vice-Chair from 2005-2007. A visionary leader, Dianne inspired the Board to reach new goals aligned with St. Mary’s mission and values. Passionate and committed, she kept the mission at the forefront of every Board decision. In 2010, she published A Culture of the Heart, a book to help healthcare professionals maintain Christian values in healthcare organizations.

Martha Stauch

Martha Stauch, a long-time Volunteer and former President of the Volunteer Association, is known for her tireless service for the Association, both in its fundraising and board activities. She was an integral member of the team that procured the St. Mary’s Tim Hortons franchise for the Association in 2008. Martha served for many years as Director of Business and then volunteer business manager for Tim Hortons.

Patricia Wright

Patricia Wright, Senior Dietitian, provides exemplary leadership to colleagues and fosters a respectful and inclusive work environment. Her kind, compassionate nature is reflected in her interactions with patients, always ensuring their needs are at the centre of her work. Patricia is devoted to ongoing hospital wide improvements and strives for best practice in clinical nutrition to deliver the greatest patient experience possible while at St. Mary’s.

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Contact: Anne Kelly, Manager, Communications 519-749-6578, ext. 1501 • 226-339-1903 (mobile) • akelly@smgh.ca

Lindsay Techlowicz, Communications Assistant 519-749-6412 • ltechlow@smgh.ca