25000 Country Club Blvd. Suite 255, North Olmsted, OH 44070

Care – Our Greatest Gift to Others

Back row:  Stella Collins, Nick Anderson
Front Row:  Tina Gamble, Bob Speelman, Carol Barney

May 15, 2019
I spent the day at Maria Joseph Care Center, our 280-bed, all private room facility in Dayton, Ohio. Nick Anderson is the Administrator and is doing an absolutely incredible job. Stella Collins is the Director of Nursing and recently completed her Nurse Practitioners degree. Together they are an amazing team.

I had the privilege of working with two remarkable STNA’s while I was at Maria Joseph - Carol Barney and Tina Gamble. Tina is 56 and became an STNA in 1986. Seventeen of those thirty-six years as an STNA have been at Maria Joseph. Carol is 57 and has been an STNA for 17 years. She actually came in to apply for a receptionist job and they didn’t have an opening, but they talked her into becoming an STNA instead. I am so glad they did!

Both Tina and Carol have a genuine love and respect for their residents. They laugh with them, listen to them, and care for them. One resident told me, “Those two ladies are professionals! They know how to talk to people. They are hard workers!” Another resident said of Carol and Tina, “They are good people. Their caring is in their hearts.”

"Care is something other than cure. Cure means “change.” A doctor, a lawyer, a minister, a social worker – they all want to use their professional skills to bring about changes in people’s lives. They get paid for whatever kind of cure they can bring about. But cure, desirable as it may be, can easily become violent, manipulative, and even destructive if it does not grow out of care. Care is being with, crying out with, suffering with, feeling with. Care is compassion. It is claiming the truth that the other person is my brother or sister, human, mortal, vulnerable, like I am.

When care is our first concern, cure can be received as a gift. Often, we are not able to cure, but we are always able to care. To care is to be human."

Henri Nouwen

Tina and Carol – You are the heart and soul of our company. What you do every day for our residents is our Culture of Care. We are so lucky to have caregivers like you. I loved every minute I got to spend with you and working alongside you. You reminded me that our greatest gift to others is to care. It’s who we are, it’s what we do.

With much love and gratitude,

Bob Speelman, STNA

Maria Joseph Care Center

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