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Lourdes announces Mission award winners

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Lourdes named Zandra Farley, director of Perioperative Services, as the 2016 Sister Mary Eleanor Mission award winner and Melinda Dew, a hospice social worker and coordinator of Camp Robin and Children's Grief Awareness Day, as the winner of the 2016 Sister Lucy Bonifas, OSF Spirit of the Mission Award.

The awards were announced and presented during the organization's annual service awards banquet in January.

Farley is a 25-year employee of Lourdes. Each year the organization recognizes one peer-nominated leader that has been visible in exemplifying Lourdes' core values.

"Zandra is a true servant leader," said Wayne Reid, Lourdes chief operating officer. "She has the ability of touching people at their deepest level. Her leadership skills and calming voice enables her to create a listening environment that makes it easy to get her point across in a very positive manner. She is under constant pressure from all sides yet maintains the mission and core values as a senior leader."

The Sister Mary Eleanor Mission Award, established in 1988, is named for Sister Mary Eleanor Rahig, a leader in the first group of St. Franciscan Sisters at Lourdes who set the standard for patient care and employee relationships.

Dew joined Lourdes in 2006. She also was nominated by her peers as having lived the Lourdes mission and core values.

The Sister Lucy Bonifas, OSF Spirit of the Mission Award was formerly known as the Employee of the Year Award. The name of the award was changed to honor Bonifas, who retired last year after 46 years of service.

"Melinda is the social worker that our other social workers lean on for a second opinion when needed," said Kay Williams, Lourdes HomeCare/Hospice director. "As part of her duties with patients, she has meetings with patients and families and is able to lead in having difficult conversations about goals of care and end of life. Melinda never fails to advocate for a patient - whether that is tapping community resources, physicians or our foundation."

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