Chaplains are the Stars of the Evening at the Caring Stars Chaplain Recognition Reception

Mark Laskey and Dr. Brian Donley

Mark Laskey and Dr. Brian Donley

The 3rd annual Caring Stars Chaplain Recognition Reception was held on Wednesday, May 23 at Lutheran Hospital to celebrate and honor the achievements of the chaplains of Chaplain Partnership. The keynote speaker for this event was Dr. Brian Donley, President of Lutheran Hospital of the Cleveland Clinic Health System and the Director of the Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery within the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic institute at the Cleveland Clinic. As a physician, Dr. Donley offered a wonderful reflection on the need for teamwork in the healthcare setting and how chaplains bring a unique and necessary perspective to patient care. On a more personal note, Dr. Donley reflected on the comfort that was provided to his family by a chaplain during a family member’s long illness.

This year’s reception recognized the following Chaplains:

  • Chaplain Kathleen Kolbe, MetroHealth Medical Center – 10 years of service to LCS
  • Chaplain Julie Thoms, The Good Shepherd – 20 years of ordained ministry
  • Chaplain Harry Werner, University Hospitals Case Medical Center – 35 years of ordained ministry
  • Chaplain Ion Gherman, Lutheran Hospital – 40 years of ordained ministry and 15 years of service to LCS
  • Chaplain Dan Wenger, Fairview and Lakewood Hospitals – on his retirement

This year LCS instituted a new award that honors volunteers who serve our chaplains with distinction based on nominations from the chaplains that they serve. This year’s inaugural recipients included Helen Graber for her 9,000-plus hours of volunteer service and the members of “Hearts Afire”: Bob Banham, Laura Dorey, Carolynn Neumore, Pat Oravec, Ginger Skerl, Marilyn Spena, Cindy Toth and Reed Walters for their generous musical contributions to MetroHealth Medical Center’s worship services.

Chaplain Dan Wenger, Gale Wenger, Janet Fitzpatrick and The Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick.

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