Crozer Health names first-ever Gwendolyn A. Smith Award recipient for community service   – Delco Times


CHESTER — Aston resident Loreen Evans, MSN, CCNS, RN, CEN, TCRN, Crozer Health Emergency Department/Trauma Educator and Injury Prevention Coordinator, has been named the first recipient of the Crozer Health Gwendolyn A. Smith Award for Community Service.
The Gwendolyn  A. Smith Award for Community Service was created to honor Smith, a recent retiree, and her legacy and commitment to the community.

The award is given to a current Crozer Health employee who makes significant contributions to the community through their time, talent, actions, and dedication. The award recognizes employees’ unyielding dedication to community service and to improving the lives of others. According to a press release, Evans was selected because she consistently exhibits the same values that Smith lives by every day.
“Loreen and Gwen are remarkable nurses who share wonderful qualities that benefit our patients and communities, and we should all aspire to be more like them,” said Christine Mendez, MSN, RN, Chief Nurse Executive at Crozer Health.

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Like Smith, Evans is dedicated to her Crozer Health patients and gives back to her local communities. For 20 years, she has volunteered with the fire department’s EMS service in Aston by staffing ambulances and taking emergency calls. She started her years of volunteering when a friend at West Chester University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing, got her involved with the local EMS service there. “I really enjoyed it and I stuck with it,” she said.

In June 2003, Evans joined Crozer Health as a student nurse/patient care tech in the telemetry unit. She missed the faster pace of the EMS field and expressed her desire to work in the Emergency Department. She later received her Clinical Nurse Specialist in Emergency Care degree from Widener University and began her career in trauma education and outreach.

Evans spearheads a variety of Crozer Health trauma outreach/education programs geared to injury prevention, car seat safety, drivers’ education, falls prevention, and more. She says being a trauma educator is very rewarding, especially when she hears how her prevention efforts helped saved lives.

“I like to give people knowledge to help themselves, to give them tools so they can avoid becoming a patient,” Evans explained.  “I didn’t work closely with Gwen until we started the COVID vaccine clinics last year,” she said.  Her dedication to the community during that time was heartwarming to me. She’s so kind to everyone she meets and goes above and beyond for everyone.”

Knights of Columbus #3753 announces new officers

Grand Knight Barry Phillips of Marian Council Knights of Columbus #3753 in Morton held an election of officers: the results are as follows: Grand Knight, Ed Cullen; Deputy Grand Knight, Mike Estabrook; Treasurer, Bernie Fite; and Recorder, Gerry Dierkers.

The Knights of Columbus hold their meetings 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the rectory basement at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Amosland Avenue, Morton.

New members are always welcome. For information, call Grand Knight Barry Phillips, 610-368-0639 or PGK Harry Mirra, 610-543-2082.
Marian Council was instituted November 29, 1953 and dedicated to Our Lady Immaculate in commemoration of the declaration on the Marian Year by Pope Pius XII.

‘Evening With The Divas’ pays tribute to Janis Joplin, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner and more

Entertainer Joe Staffieri, host and emcee, will present “An Evening with The Divas,” 4 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at The Oaks Ballroom, 511 W. Oak Lane, Glenolden. Doors will open 3:30 p.m., dinner starts at 4 p.m. and show is at 5 p.m. Tickets, on sale now, cost $55 and include buffet dinner, show, and a cash bar. Everyone over 21 is welcome and encouraged to purchase early as they are expected to sell out quickly as Father’s Day gifts.

The show will feature tribute artists Suzette Dorsey as Tina Turner, Debbie Feeser as Barbra Streisand, April Young as Janis Joplin, Lori St. Martin as Olivia Newton John, and Tommy C as The Voice of Tribute.
For tickets or more information, call Joe at 610-745-2672.

Darby Colwyn Class of ’66 holds reunion

Darby Colwyn Class of 1966 will hold its 56th Reunion, 8- 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at The Yard Pub, West Chester Pike, Havertown.
Ticket price of $30 includes buffet dinner and cash bar. To attend, mail checks payable to: Elaine Kilian to 113 Forest Ave., Folsom, Pa. 19033. For more details, contact deedee_mefford@yahoo.com/.

Quizzo night benefits Domestic Abuse Project

A Quizzo game night to benefit the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Delaware County Bar Association, 335 W. Front St., Media. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost is $35 and teams are a maximum of five.

The top two teams will win Amazon gift cards. The event is BYO for snacks and drinks. Water will be provided. For more information, call 610-565-4590 or email info@dapdelco.org.

AMVETS Post 118 elects new commander

Harold Paul Saks AmVets Post 118, Morton recently elected Howard Bilbee as Post Commander. Bilbee served in Vietnam from 1968-1970.

Bilbee and his wife, Candy, have lived for the past four years in Ridley Township, after moving to Delaware County to be near their nine grandchildren. They have two daughters and two sons living in the area.

He was born and raised in Trenton, N.J. After his military service, he started his own construction business in Princeton N.J., building homes and apartment buildings. The Post said Bilbee is proud to be a veteran and enjoys helping other veterans.

Bilbee’s goals for the coming year are to increase membership, work closely with the Morton Police Department, and to partner with Morton Borough to have veteran banners placed around town. Since 2004, AMVETS Post 118 sends monthly care packages to troops around the world. For more information on membership, or to donate to the care packages, call the Post at 610-543-9551.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia honors secondary school distinguished scholars

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will honor over 130 distinguished scholars from 30 Archdiocesan and private Catholic secondary schools throughout the five-county region at the 42nd Annual Academic Honors Convocation, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19 at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.

Archbishop Nelson Pérez will preside at the Liturgy of the Word preceding the Academic Honors Convocation ceremony.

The students, all of whom are ranked in the top 3% of their senior class, will be honored for their academic achievement and dedication to their studies.  These students are included in the elite group according to their cumulative ranking at the end of the first semester of their senior year.

The Mass will be streamed live from @ArchbishopPerez and @AOPSschools.
Students from some of the local schools include: Academy of Notre Dame de Namur: Claire Chaplin, Kyleigh Calvert, Phoebe Phillips; Archbishop John Carroll High School: Maureen Carpenter, Mary Finley, Evelyn Stong, Maria Procaccini, Elle Herberger; Cardinal O’Hara High School: Haley Garecht, Dorothy Tomko, Abigail Loyson, Sarah Kelly, Erin Lynch; Villa Maria Academy: Christina Janowicz, Elizabeth O’Connell, Monica Guerin; Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School: Murphy Bonner, Stephen Cain, Daniel Deeney, Brennan Fitzgerald, Michael Leahy, John Salvo, Aidan Sweeney; Merion Mercy Academy: Grace Donnelly, Violet Lorei, Grace Sheibley, Almira Tensuan-Eli; Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast: Ava Jones, Nina Cavaliere, Lily Sfida, Theodore Hoyer, Kendi Long; Malvern Preparatory School for Boys: Jack Onderdonk, Daniel Mendler, Luke Guenthner, Sumant Sharma; Devon Preparatory School; Mason Lindley,  Joshua Kerrigan.

Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at pdegrassa@21st-centurymedia.com.

 



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