Health-care spotlight

October 17, 2005

Homewood honors workers

WILLIAMSPORT - Homewood at Williamsport, a continuing care retirement community, honored 52 co-workers for their years of service to the residents and their families during the annual Homewood co-worker celebratory dinner on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Co-workers receive awards for service of two years, five years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25 years and 30 years and more. Those receiving recognition are:

Two-year service: JaNell Burnett, nursing; Carolyn Caviness, nursing; Donna Chaney, housekeeping; Cynthia Gibson, nursing; Tanya Jordan, nursing; Maria McDonald, nursing; Nan Nichols, housekeeping; Tory Nokes, dietary; Valerie Polley, dietary; and Steve Roman, maintenance.

Five-year service: Robin Arnicar, nursing; Kay Call, dietary; Demi Deener, nursing; Shelley Miller, nursing; Cassie Starkey, nursing; Cherie Myers, nursing; Tammy Neville, nursing; Isabel Overcash, housekeeping; Pam Schianodicola, nursing; and Judy Short, laundry.


Ten-year service: Nora Baker, housekeeping; Mary Sue Cochran, nursing; April Cushwa, nursing; Bill Davies, maintenance; Shirley Elliott, nursing; Dot Ferguson, administration; Ruth French, nursing; Mary Ann Gelwicks, home health; Ruth Hartpence, home health; Richard Keadle, grounds; Richard Lenehan, administration; Anna Railing, nursing; Don Ream, security; Kristin Sheffler, administration; and Deb Wood, nursing.

Fifteen-year service: Julie Cunningham, nursing; Jody Gossard, nursing; Alex Ramirez, nursing; Emily Ramirez, nursing; Joan Rohrer, administration; and Mary West, housekeeping.

Twenty-year service: Donna Kolos, nursing.

Twenty-five-year service: Juanita Hart, nursing; Cindy House, nursing; Debbie Myers, nursing; Janis Sanders, nursing; Nancy Swope, nursing; and Joni Ward, administration.

Thirty-year service: Rosie Baker, housekeeping; Audie Dowler, nursing; and Becky Harvey, home health.

Thirty-five-year service: Gail Kirby, housekeeping.

Nurse attends conference

Elaine R. Lutz, a registered nurse and certified healing touch practitioner, attended the ninth annual Healing Touch International Conference in September in Breckenridge, Colo.

The theme for the conference was "Cultivating a Healer's Path" including keynote speaker Dr. Christine Page, with a practice of homeopathy, an international speaker on intuition, alchemy of soul, mind/body medicine and modern mysticism. The meeting emphasized raising consciousness of healing touch as an adjunctive therapy within the general community and focused on professional development, leadership principles and training of practitioners. Opportunities for building community, personal and group growth, sharing and networking were available to all attendees.

Lutz is a member of Healing Touch International Inc., and is employed by Antietam Health Services as flex staff office nurse in the Hagerstown, Williamsport and Smithsburg offices.

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