Two women awarded the new HOPE award from Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

Date: 
10/24/2014
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Martin Judd, Margaret Slowik, Janette Gilmartin and Frank Perham

Margaret Slowik and Janette Gilmartin were awarded the first-time HOPE (Honesty, Oneness, People and Excellence) awards by Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) at a recent luncheon. The winners were nominated because they exemplify the values of the award through their daily work with patients, residents and colleagues. 

Slowik is RT (M), Mammography Technologist in Imaging Services at the Saint Mary Campus. Slowik, who joined PSMEMC in 1990. She is a registered technologist credentialed in radiography, mammography and quality management. 

“Our medical center is pleased to recognize Margaret as the 2014 HOPE Award recipient,” said Stonish Pierce, Regional Chief Ambulatory and Ancillary Officer, PSMEMC. “Margaret’s continued initiative and commitment to quality and excellence in all that she does to assist our patients and families, physicians and fellow staff members exemplify the Presence values. We are fortunate to have Margaret as a team member. Our patients are fortunate to benefit from her knowledge, compassion and inspiration.” 

Gilmartin’s area of expertise is rehabilitation services for persons with severe and persistent mental health conditions. She oversees three intensive outpatient programs at the Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic, the only program of its kind in Illinois that is offered in three languages. 

The sponsor of an annual Christmas party for hundreds of poor children in families from the community, Gilmartin, personally, undertakes fundraising efforts to obtain gifts for all the youngsters in these families. Throughout the year, she often brings in bags of food and items for patients. In addition, she rallies patients to advocate for behavioral health funding in Chicago and Springfield. She is a Humboldt Park resident.

“Clinic employees know they can turn to Janette for guidance and creative problem solving even in the most difficult of circumstances,” said Frank Perham, Vice President, Presence Behavioral Health. “She once helped a family of five find accommodations after they were evicted from their home. She never fails to have hope for even the most difficult cases and inspire her peers by looking at all situations with an eye to strength and opportunity.” 

“I am so proud of Margaret and Janette, and all the nominees,” said Martin Judd, Regional President and CEO, PSMEMC. “They are on the frontlines providing outstanding care to our patients every day. We are blessed to have the winners and nominees on our health care team.” 

The awards event was attended by the 38 nominees along with their managers and supervisors. The 19 winners will receive $500, a one-night stay at a hotel and dinner with Sandra Bruce, President and CEO, Presence Health. 

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