St. Rita’s to Honor Legends

(Lima, November 3, 2016) Since 2001, St. Rita’s has been honoring employees who do extraordinary things – they are called our Legends of St. Rita’s. On Monday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m. we will be honoring these Legends at the University of Northwestern Ohio’s Event Center.

Our hospital staff members are encouraged to nominate another employee who they feel is worthy of being a Legend. To qualify to be a Legend, nominees’ impactful stories are submitted to a panel of judges who score them on their philanthropic efforts (both inside and outside of our hospital walls). This year, we recognized nine Legends by surprising them and inviting family, friends and staff to celebrate their award. 

So, we would like to introduce to you our 2016 Legends of St. Rita’s:

Dale Wurm, Manager of Radiation Oncology, nominated by a staff member after continuously helping her during her battle with breast cancer, and going above and beyond to help his community.   Pam Schroeder, RN, nominated by a staff member after showing endless volunteer work in the Lima community, as well as selflessly donating vacation hours when an employee’s husband became ill.    Joan Koenig, RN, nominated by a staff member for living out our mission, and for volunteering her time to local schools. She also serves as a Power of Attorney for the elderly --- and spends much of her free time with these individuals.
 Sheila Miller, Care Facilitator, nominated by a staff member for having such a wonderful heart for others and the dedication she has for her job. She participates in many service projects, including organizing the Adopt a Room project for the Good Samaritan House.  

Kim Napier, Support Services Technician Coordinator, nominated by a staff member for helping another employee whose family member suddenly needed 24-hour care. She also helped a patient who came into our hospital who was in need of clothes and shoes. 


 Ronda Norris, RN, nominated by a staff member for coordinating a sexual assault nurse examiner course to a dozen registered nurses at St. Rita’s. She is also very active in the community, and is involved in many organizations including Child Advocacy Center and Child Abuse Response team.  
 Virginia Cook, Environmental Services team member, nominated by a staff member for helping those in need. She once went out and bought a patient’s spouse a birthday cake when she knew they would be unable to do so.    Kellie Saine, Recreational Therapist, nominated by a staff member for helping her through a difficult time. After losing both her parents at a very young age, the staff member who nominated Kellie was diagnosed with a suspicious lump in her breast. Kellie helped this staff member and has supported her like a mom – she even went to the appointment with her.  Bridgette Dysert, Social Worker, nominated by a staff member for showing compassion for every patient she encounters. One example is when she coordinated discharge plans for a homeless woman to return to Michigan and still continues her rehab. 

Every one of these St. Rita’s staff members has an incredible story to tell. These stories are about selfless acts and ones that will warm our hearts. We invite you to join us on Monday to recognize these individuals for not only serving our mission, but serving our community in a way that truly makes an impact on all of us. 

For more information, please contact:

Courtney O’Banion

Communications Coordinator

St. Rita’s Health Partners

O: 419-226-9802

C: 567- 242-4078