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A Tribute to Northeast Ohio Caregivers for Their Dedication to Compassion and Care

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Hospice_Caregiver-Award-10“From caring comes courage.” –Lao Tzu

In 2016, we created the Busch Caregiver Award program to recognize the hard work of individuals in our community that have taken on the responsibility of caregiving.

The monthly program accepts nominations from patients and peers for caregivers in and around Cleveland. Nominees may be a hospice professional, physician, nurse, chaplain, social worker, clergy, deacon, volunteer or anyone else who is seen as a caregiver. Monthly awardees are honored on Busch’s website, monthly email and social media channels, and given a gift card and plaque for their commitment to serving others. 

With every nomination, Busch is humbled by the outpouring of love from caregivers in our community. Below, we highlight this year’s award winners. 

To all of the nominees and nominators, thank you for your participation in our program. We aim to serve every family with the compassion you exhibit each and every day in your line of work.

January Recipient: Sylvia Golsby

The January Caregiver Award was given to Sylvia Golsby, nursing assistant for O’Neill Healthcare. Ann Crum nominated Sylvia saying, “She’s one of the kindest and most caring people we have working for us.”

Caregiver January 2018

February Recipient: Sister Margaret Mary McAuliffe

The February Caregiver Award was awarded to Sister Margaret Mary McAuliffe, pastoral care coordinator at Holy Family Hospice in Cleveland. Her nominator, Amy Geisman, says, “She brightens everyone's day and is truly a blessing to everyone she comes into contact with.” 


March Recipient: Check Behrens 

The March Caregiver Award was awarded to Chuck Behrens, spiritual care coordinator at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland. Brooke Baker nominated Chuck saying, “He’s a gifted spiritual care coordinator, and a kind and compassionate person.”

March Caregiver 2018

April Recipient: Stephanie Baker

The April Caregiver Award was given to Stephanie Baker, administrator supervisor at Homewatch CareGivers in Westlake. Her nominator, Kelcee Webster, says, “She deserves the recognition due to her hard work, determination and selflessness in the healthcare community.” 


May Recipient: Maria Shinn

The May Caregiver Award was given to Maria Shinn, volunteer attorney at Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Ohio in Cleveland. Dora Harper nominated Maria saying, “Her excellent volunteer work helps VNA of Ohio bring the very heart of hospice care into the lives of patients and their families.” 

May 2018 Maria Shinn

June Recipient: Derricka Lincoln 

The June Caregiver Award was received by Derricka Lincoln, care associate at Brookdale Senior Living in Middleburg Heights. Her nominator, Chelsea Kimmel, says, “She embodies every trait that a great caregiver should have.” 

No pictures were taken when Derricka received her award.

July Recipient: Reverend Dennis Zimmerman 

The July Caregiver Award was given to Reverend Dennis Zimmerman from Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care in Seven Hills. Jesseca Wallace nominated Dennis saying, “People like Dennis bring true value and quality of life to others every day. He shines and bonds with everyone he comes into contact with.” 

July Caregiver Recipient

August Recipient: Sharon Howard

The August Caregiver Award was given to Sharon Howard from Preferred Care at Home of Lorain County in Wellington. Her nominator, Stephanie Saunders, says, “I can’t imagine not having Sharon on our team. She will stay for days on end just to make sure her patient is happy.”


September Recipient: Sheilon Wright 

The September Caregiver Award was given to Sheilon Wright from the Home Assistant Department at the Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio in Cleveland. Lauren Gatto and Angela Daugherty nominated Sheilon saying, “She shows up each day prepared to accomplish whatever task presents itself, always willing to go above and beyond to fulfill everyone’s needs.” 


October Recipient: Jerry Celebucki

The October Caregiver Award was received by Jerry Celebucki, volunteer at Cypress Hospice in Berea. His nominator, Corrie Crittle, says “Jerry generously spends time reading and singing with patients who look forward to his visits.”

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November Recipient: Susan Gillespie 

The November Caregiver Award was given to Susan Gillespie, a registered nurse from Crossroads Hospice in Valley View. Nominated by her husband, Christopher Gillespie, says, “I have seen firsthand how passionate she’s in her vocation in caring for the sick. She truly exemplifies a caring individual who goes out of her way to help her patients.” 


Caregiver of the Year

At the annual Caregiver Awards luncheon in December, Busch Funeral and Crematory Services presented the Caregiver of the Year Award to our February recipient, Sister Margaret Mary McAuliffe.

We’re pleased and privileged to congratulate such an outstanding caregiver. From all of us at Busch, thank you for your generosity!


Nominate a Caregiver in 2019

With the new year in sight, Busch Funeral and Crematory Services encourages you to nominate someone you know for his or her selfless work as a caregiver.

Nominate a Caregiver

Cathy Nichols
Cathy Nichols
Considers it an honor as a Certified Celebrant to listen to life stories, and then design and conduct meaningful tributes. Cathy also trains celebrants nationally, equipping them to share those legacies in ways that comfort and enlighten. Honorably serving Busch families since 2004.

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