After receiving the prestigious honor of being named the 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year, Ric Williams, an Extended Family Care employee, deserved a celebration commemorating his distinguished award and accomplishments. Stephen Sternbach, the President and CEO of Star Multi Care, the parent Company of Extended Family Care, spared no expense to show Mr. William his gratitude and pride of the esteemed accolade. “Ric’s hard work and dedication got him this award and he deserves to be celebrated”, Mr. Sternbach stated. “My hope is that each year I will be throwing this event for an Extended Family Care employee because they are the foundation of our Company”, he continued.
The event was held at the Speakeasy in the Omni William Penn and attended by Representatives from Penn Hills, Allegheny County, the Governor’s Office, Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Star Multi Care and Extended Family Care, in addition to Ric’s co-workers, clients, friends and family. In a Proclamation by the Governor’s Office as pictured above, Ric was praised for his “notable dedication to the caregiving profession”.
The Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year award has been sponsored by the Pennsylvania Home Care Association for the past two years and includes a stipend to attend the Forum and luncheon in Harrisburg for each nominee. The winner is revealed concluding the ceremony and includes a $1,000 cash prize and certificate presented by the Secretary of Aging. This year there were a record setting amount of attendees, well over 200, with the hope that the number of nominees will continue to grow each year.
As stated by Mr. Sternbach during his speech and presentation of gifts to Mr. Williams, “Direct Care Workers need to be recognized for their commitment to the frail populations they serve. Although we try to do what we can for each of our employees, they each deserve a prestigious honor similar to the one Ric received this year. We are so proud that he is a part of our Family”, he concluded.
If you or someone you know would like to join the Extended Family Care team or would like more information on becoming a caregiver, please visit www.extendedfamilycare.com or call 412-241-7292.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Penn Hills PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College, a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is currently a CPR/First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for the Allegheny County Respite Care Coalition, Gateway Health Plan, and the North Allegheny School District Elementary Advisory Council. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and Marshall Elementary Yearbook Committee.
Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more time on baseball and soccer fields than she does at home which helps her appreciate their family vacation time even more.
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