May 22nd, 2018
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May 22, 2018 (Kitchener) – A 76-year-old nurse who still works in the emergency department and a second generation St. Mary’s General Hospital physician are among six individuals to be honoured with a prestigious award on Friday, May 25.
The Mission Legacy Awards recognize those who have contributed in an exceptional manner to the health care ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton, St. Mary’s General Hospital and the St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation.
“These people exemplify the compassion and dedication that is the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph, our courageous and caring founders,” says President Don Shilton. “We are grateful for the many contributions of this year’s recipients.”
Mission Legacy Award 2018 winners are:
Gerald LeMoine, Manager of Engineering and Environmental Services, is known for his friendly, calming nature and commitment to patient safety. Gerald oversees facility maintenance, housekeeping and linen. He is a team builder and his staff are known for quick, efficient responses to ensure the heat and lights work, medical gas functions appropriately and cleaning standards are maintained. Gerald has received the Reverend Rip Kirby Award of Excellence twice and is a facility leader among peer hospitals.
Registered Nurse Lois Millar began her career at St. Mary’s 54 years ago. She continues to work casual shifts in the Emergency Department, inspiring her peers and providing compassionate care. She embraces learning and change, and on her 75th birthday was earning recertification for Advanced Cardiac Life Support. As a mentor to new nurses she demonstrates the power of a positive individual. In her free time, Lois volunteers in the wellness program at the YMCA.
In 2002, St. Mary’s Volunteer Association recruited retired school principal Maxine Neller to help decorate Christmas trees for a fundraiser. In the 17 subsequent years, Maxine’s energy and administrative skills have been invaluable. She has served in all top leadership roles in the Association and excels as manager of Madeleine’s Gift Shop. She regularly provides rides to the shop’s 100-year-old volunteer and recently helped organize a volunteer group to make pillows for St. Mary’s cardiac patients.
Dr. Mike Sehl
A second generation St. Mary’s physician, Dr. Mike Sehl has provided exceptional care in the Emergency Department and Medicine Unit for 30 years. Committed to continuous improvement, he devoted many hours of his free time to help launch bedside rounding to enhance the patient experience, expedite the discharge process and improve staff communication. His support was key to the project’s success. Dr. Sehl also worked with community partners to improve the care model for patients with substance abuse.
Leslie Waitson, a Registered Practical Nurse and staff trainer on the Medicine Unit, is known for her compassion. She anticipates the emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of colleagues, patients and families. She has helped facilitate patient weddings in the hospital chapel for terminally ill patients and rallied co-workers to help host a private funeral visitation in the chapel after a severely disabled patient lost her husband unexpectedly. Leslie goes above and beyond in all aspects of her work.
Rob Way is a valued community leader who has served the most vulnerable and marginalized in a myriad of volunteer roles. A long-time champion of St. Mary’s, he served on the Board of Trustees for 15 years, as Board Treasurer from 1997-2007 and Board Chair from 2009-2011. The United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo, the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, Kids Ability, the Sunshine Foundation and Hockey Helps the Homeless have all benefited from Rob’s compassionate and thoughtful guidance.
Anne Kelly, Manager, Communications
519-749-6578 ext. 1501