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Mentwab Melese Receives Wolff Care Giving Award

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Mentwab “Menty” Melese, Certified Medication Technician in Shalom Suites 2/3, has been named Village Shalom’s 16th recipient of the Joseph and Eleanor Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award. She was one of nine nominees entered by residents, families and coworkers for the semi-annual award.

Tami Middleton, Director of Human Resources, made the presentation at a gathering of staff and residents, thanking the Wolff family for making the award possible. “Eleanor Wolff was a very special lady who was cared for in the skilled-nursing areas of Village Shalom for six years,” she explained. “Eleanor passed away in December 2006, but her sons were so pleased with the extraordinary kindness and wonderful care their mother had received at Village Shalom, they established this award as a way of recognizing and thanking the employees – specifically those who directly care for the residents in our skilled-nursing areas.” The award is to be presented twice annually for a total of 25 years.

Melese joined Village Shalom in January 2007. She began her career as a CNA in the Shalom Suites memory-care residential area. She was recommended for the Wolff Care Giving Award by Pat Scheibel, daughter of resident Fran Blaisdell; by Renee Schoonover, Director of Nursing and Tanya Leaming, Assistant Director of Nursing; and by co-worker Dolores Reaves, Programs Coordinator.

Melese reacts after being named the winner of the  Joseph and Eleanor Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award.

“Menty listens to her residents,” Leaming remarked during the presentation. “She is respectful and aware of resident choices and dignity. Menty is a team player and will jump in to assist other staff. She takes her job seriously, as she should, because administering medications is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Menty is always smiling, and I have never seen her bring an outside problem here to interfere with her work.”

In their nominations, Schiebel characterized Melese as “soft spoken, gentle and kind,” and Reaves said that “she does her job with care, competence and respect.”

The award is to be presented twice annually for a total of 25 years.

As a Wolff Award honoree, Mentwab 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.