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June 7, 2007


Catholic Health Care Services (CHCS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces that two employees of Immaculate Mary Home in Northeast Philadelphia will be awarded Distinguished Service Awards by the Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging (PANPHA). Awards will be conferred at a state-wide PANPHA conference in Hershey, PA at the end of June.

Reverend Monsignor Joseph A. Tracy, Secretary for Catholic Health Care Services (under whose auspice Immaculate Heart of Mary operates), said, "These two employees go beyond the requirements of their daily work, touching the lives of Immaculate Mary Home's residents in positive ways. The awards recognize the dedication of both. They also honor the staff and volunteers of all our care facilities and programs, who bring the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to residents and clients in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia."

The award winners are:

Debbie Plant-Felder (Educator/Staff Development) in the "Caregiver of the Year: Non-Nursing" category: Criteria for this award included steadfast commitment above and beyond the call of duty to the elderly; specific acts to enhance and enrich the lives of aging persons; exceptional service to the nursing facility, its residents and/or the elderly and outstanding treatment of the whole person.

Falisha Tyson (Certified Nursing Assistant) in the "Caregiver of the Year: Nursing" category: Criteria for this award included dedication and skill above and beyond the performance of nursing duties related to the care of the elderly; interacting with care recipients in a manner that fosters human development; exceptional service to the nursing home, its residents, and/or the elderly and mentoring in a nursing capacity to help others build on and maximize care giving skills.

PANPHA represents more than 320 nonprofit providers of long-term care and housing services for 65,000 elderly residents in Pennsylvania. The association is committed to helping its members provide quality care efficiently and effectively for the individuals and families they serve.

Catholic Health Care Services (CHCS) provides short- and long-term nursing care at six skilled nursing homes, an independent living facility and three assisted living facilities in Philadelphia and suburban counties. CHCS also operates various community benefit programs, manages a priest retirement community and oversees a treatment center for Catholic priests and those in religious vows.

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Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist

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