Lourdes names Sister Elizabeth Corry Award winners

CAMDEN — Two Lourdes Health System employees were recently named recipients of the 2010 Sister M. Elizabeth Corry, OSF Award.

Cherry Hill resident Shirley Lay-Martino, a registered nurse of the Emergency department at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, and Willingboro resident Laura Deane, of the Laboratory at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in Browns Mills, were among 22 employees from throughout the health system nominated for demonstrating the core value of Commitment to Those Who are in Need.

The award is named for Sister M. Elizabeth Corry, who served as president of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center from 1969 -83 and from 1987-95.

“It means so much to give an award that honors the Franciscan spirit in which Sister Elizabeth lives,” said Sister Helen Owens, OSF, vice president of Mission at Lourdes. “Everyone nominated is a winner. Everyone is a blessed person.”

Lay-Martino, a Lourdes employee for more than 35 years, was nominated for being a “guardian angel” and “role model.”

“She is graced with a style of nursing that comfort is a given and assurance in all possible treatment and relief of pain is a given fact,” wrote one nominator. “She is the first one to help a fellow co-worker, which is the best example of helping those in need. She not only provides excellent emergency care, but she makes the patient feel like a family member, addressing all needs. Along with Shirley’s professionalism, she has a sense of humor that puts her patients at ease. By going above and beyond for her patients, their families and co-workers, no matter their background, situation or appearance, she exemplifies all aspects of Lourdes mission.”

Deane was nominated for her substantial support of the hospital’s Share and Care campaign, which helps provide gifts to local families in need during the holiday season.

“To support families who were without resources, Laura worked behind the scenes gathering and giving gift wares for numerous activities that supported our community outreach campaigns,” wrote one nominator. “Laura’s commitment to our cause over the years has helped Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County be a healing presence in the communities we serve by bringing families together for holiday meals and joy. Through her caring spirit we have made a difference in many people’s lives.”

Alexander J. Hatala, Lourdes Health System president and CEO, said the nominees’ commitment to others truly exemplify Lourdes’ mission.

“Shirley has the gift of calm while always being in the middle of a tornado. She brings a calming influence to people,” he said. “Laura recognizes when there is a need and always finds a way to help. Both employees are very deserving of this award.” 

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