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Lisa Forrest receives Wolff Care Giving Award

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Lisa Forrest, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in Village Shalom’s Weinberg Health Center rehabilitation area, has received the or­ganization’s 13th Joseph and Eleanor Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award.

Lisa Forrest (left), Wolff Care Giving Award recipient, is congratulated by Matthew Lewis, President and CEO of Village Shalom.

Tami Middleton, Director of Human Resources, introduced the presentation before a gather­ing of staff and residents, thanking the Wolff family for making the award possible. “Eleanor Wolff was a resident in Vil­lage Shalom’s skilled-nursing area for six years,” she explained. “Her sons were so pleased with the extraordi­nary kindness and care their mother received that, after her passing in December 2006, they established this award. It is a way to demonstrate their ongoing apprecia­tion to the employees who touch the lives of the resi­dents in our skilled-nursing areas.”

The award is to be presented twice annually for a total of 25 years. Candidates for the Wolff Award are nominated by Village Shalom residents and their family members, as well as by co-workers. Lisa was selected for the honor from a field of 16 nominees.

Lisa has been a CNA for 11 years, and joined the Village Shalom staff in January 2011. She recently received her Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) accreditation and will begin working in Village Shalom’s Assisted Living area in August.

Lisa truly enjoys taking care of people, which was her motivation in becoming a CNA. She has instilled her extraordinary traits of caring and compassion in her daughter, Laura Draves, who also is a CNA at Village Shalom, and who received the Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award in July 2009.

Several of the residents and family members who nomi­nated Lisa for the award mentioned that she “lives the mission” of Village Shalom by making a significant investment above and beyond her specific job duties.

“She is very sensitive to patients’ needs, always seems to support other staff members, and represents all the values of Village Shalom,” commented one resident. “She is an excellent employee!”

Lisa commented that “if you’re going to do this kind of work, it has to come from your heart. You have to treat the residents like they’re your own family.”

As a Wolff Award honoree, Lisa received a monetary gift of $750 and an engraved acrylic plaque. Her name will be added to a permanent display of Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award recipients.