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Spiritual Care

2017 Wholeness of Life Recipient is Ann Bienstock

The Wholeness of Life award is presented annually by HSS and HealthCare Chaplaincy Network to an individual who is recognized for his or her years of providing compassionate care for patients and the dedication to promoting a balance of physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Ann Bienstock receiving wholeness of life award On September 7, 2017 a ceremony was held to recognize Ann Bienstock, ANP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Health, as the 30th winner of the Wholeness of Life award at HSS. C. Ronald McKenzie, MD, Chairman of the Spiritual Care Committee, opened the ceremony with a welcome to all in attendance. Following, Sister Margaret Oettinger, Director, Spiritual Care, led the crowd in an opening prayer. “She makes a difference and has a good time doing it,” Sister Margaret said. “We are grateful for the blessing of her enthusiasm and good cheer.”

Lou Shapiro, President and CEO, then addressed the crowd to talk about the importance of the Wholeness of Life award at HSS and the qualities that make Ann such a deserving recipient, and also presented Ann with her award. After a video presentation highlighting her career and journey at HSS, Ann spoke to the crowd to thank those closest to her, including her husband and children, and describe what winning the award meant to her. “I knew I had to take care of all of you because you take care of everyone else. To me this is not just a job; this is what I do and part of who I am.”

During her more than 17 years as a member of the HSS family, Ann has gone out of her way to treat everyone she meets with kindness and respect, providing a personalized holistic approach to healthcare. She is best known and loved by many for serving as the leader of our influenza vaccination campaign at HSS.

She ended with a reference to what she is most well-known for at HSS. “Next week is my favorite time of year so just roll up your sleeves and get your flu shot!” said Ann.

Wholeness of Life Honorees

2016  Elizabeth Coleman
2015  David Wang
2014  Don Foiles
2013  Glenn W. Garrison, CPO
2012  Jillian Rose, LMSW
2011  Mary Ellen Zullo, PA-C
2010  Sherry I. Backus, PT, DPT, MA
2009  Edward Craig, MD
2008  Barbara Wukovits, RN, BSNC
2007  Janet Cahill, PT, CSCS
2006  Janet J. James
2005  Linda A. Russell, MD
2004  Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD
2003  Mary McDermott, RN
2002  Douglas Green, MD
2001  Stephen A. Paget, MD
2000  Eulalee Green, RN
1999  Mary Dolan, RN
1998  Ometa Bourne-Ford
1997  Valerie Gray, RN
1996  Theresa Galsworthy, RN, ONC
1995  Leon Root, MD
1994  Geraldine Nicholson, RN, ONC
1993  C. Ronald MacKenzie, MD
1992  Marguerite Palmieri, RN
1991  Roberta Horton, ASCW
1990  Lorraine Mattes, RN
1989  Anita von Hellens, RN
1988  Michael D. Lockshin, MD