September 23, 2009

Immaculate Heart of Mary Knights of Columbus Honored by AOPHA for outstanding group volunteer work

(Columbus, Ohio) – The Immaculate Heart of Mary Knights of Columbus of Cuyahoga Falls Council 13517 was honored by AOPHA, the advocate of not-for-profit services for older Ohioans, with the Volunteer Service - Group Award for its service with Regina Health Center located in Richfield, Ohio.  The award was presented on August 26th during the AOPHA 2009 Annual Conference and Trade Show.

This honor is awarded to an AOPHA member resident or non-resident volunteer group or individuals exhibiting exemplary service, recognizing their commitment and positive promotion of older Ohioans and those serving them.  AOPHA is a statewide association representing approximately 280 not-for-profit homes, health-related facilities and community services for the aging.

Every Thursday, Knights are at Regina Health Center power washing wheelchairs, tables, shower chairs and mats. The cleaning, and any needed repairs, is done quickly and efficiently, minimizing resident disruption. During the holidays, they bring their families to Regina Health Center to help decorate and sing carols and later remove and store the decorations. It is a common sight to see Knights painting and making repairs year round while stopping to cheerfully visit with residents. Their generosity also includes financial support, with many Knights contributing to Regina’s charitable fund.

“Our members are blessed with many volunteers who donate time, money and effort on behalf of care of older Ohioans and they truly are a treasured asset,” said AOPHA Professional Recognition Committee Chair Phil Braisted. “It is especially heartening to see an organization such as the Knights of Columbus give so much of themselves individually and collectively to one of our members that obviously means so much to them. It is our honor to recognize them for their outstanding service and commitment to Regina Health Center.”

Regina Health Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, provides short-term and geriatric outpatient rehabilitation, assisted living, and skilled nursing services.  Regina Health Center received a five-star ranking from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) related to quality of care for nursing home residents. 

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