Annual “Kathy Callahan Employee of the Year” Recipients Recognized
LAWRENCE (MA) – December 20, 2017 – Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 “Kathy Callahan Employee of the Year” award. Ebell Vasquez, Housing Manager for Mary Immaculate’s Residential Community and Fran Gilfoyle, Chief Clinical Dietitian at Mary Immaculate’s Nursing/Restorative Center. The award, which is named after Kathy Callahan, a former employee of Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services, is given by the senior leadership team to two employees who stand out as role models.
“The team is proud to recognize Ebell and Fran,” said Jeanne Leydon, President and CEO of Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services. “From their interactions with residents, co-workers and management to their work behind the scenes, Ebell and Fran embrace the values of compassion, integrity, competence and excellence. Their work is consistently exceptional and they are models of our mission and values.”
Jeanne further commented that “Kathy Callahan was quick to offer help to those in need, she knew the value of hard work and was committed to a life of service. In her role as Director of Mission Integration, she had a profound impact on the entire MI family. She touched the lives of many throughout the Merrimack Valley, and as a community, we are better for having known her. This is what the award is all about.”
Ebell Vasquez, a Lawrence, MA native and resident of Andover, MA resident, joined Mary Immaculate more than 12 years ago, in June of 2014. As the Housing Manager, he is responsible for the long-term operating performance of Mary Immaculate’s three residential properties – one assisted living and two independent living.
“Ebell lives MI’s mission every day and is very deserving of this award,” said Michael Slauter, Ebell’s colleague and Director of Marguerite’s House Assisted Living. “He makes himself available 24/7 to residents, families and staff alike. Just the other day, he stayed late and missed a special event to cover a shift. Ebell leads quietly by his example. This is who he is and why he is so well liked, respected and appreciated.”
Ebell’s main responsibilities include property management, HUD interface and regulations, facilities and vendor relations, staffing, building security and automation, occupancy and tenant-landlord relations, to name a few. Over time, he has also assumed other responsibilities including facilities and IT. Across all of his responsibilities, Ebell considers the environment and is a leader in MI’s “Green” efforts. MI recently earned EPA certification for its Independent Living properties.
Fran Gilfoyle, of Pelham, NH, pictured here with Leah Doherty, Director of Human Resources, joined Mary Immaculate Nursing/Restorative Center more than 16 years ago as one of two part-time dietitians. Today, as the full-time Chief Clinical Dietitian, Fran oversees all clinical nutrition care for the center. She performs detailed assessments for each and every resident, approves all menus and provides education to residents and staff about good nutrition. Fran is an important member of each nursing unit’s team, providing interventions geared toward best nutritional status for residents.
“Over the years Fran has expanded her influence over the operation in many meaningful ways,” shared Richard Gibbons, Dietary Director for Mary Immaculate Nursing/Restorative Center. “She has pushed the boundaries of her position to cover a wide range of important tasks that contribute to an enhanced quality of life for residents. MI’s mission is just part of who she is and the way she does her job, every day. She brings a lot of joy to everyone.”
Residents especially enjoy celebrating their birthdays with Fran. She personally visits each resident to plan his or her special birthday meal. She also coordinates the seating arrangements in the dining room to make sure that it is accessible to everyone who wishes to participate in the dining experience.
Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services is one of the largest senior care providers in the Commonwealth, and has long enjoyed a reputation in the Merrimack Valley as a quality provider of healthcare and housing services to older adults. What distinguishes Mary Immaculate today is its continuum of care designed to meet the broad life-support needs of elders. The expanded mission of this organization includes nursing center care, short term rehabilitation services, independent and supportive housing, adult day health, and assisted living and chair car transportation services. Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services is a member of Covenant Health and is accredited by CARF International (The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International). For more information about Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services, visit www.mihcs.com or call 978-685-6321.