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Mary Jeanne Frank and Garry Brannan Awarded the Mercy Spirit Award


Timonium, MD – Feb. 18, 2009 – Sister M. Karen McNally, RSM, Stella Maris Chief Administrative Officer, presented Ms. Mary Jeanne Frank of Lutherville, Md. and Mr. Garry Brannan of Jarrettsville, Md. Stella Maris’ highest form of praise, the Mercy Spirit Award.  Each year, two Stella Maris employees, one member of management and one member of staff, are given this meaningful award for demonstrating four of the seven core values of the Mercy Health Services: Respect, Hospitality, Mercy/Justice, Excellence, Empowerment, Stewardship and Prayer.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce the Mercy Spirit Award winners this year," said Sister Karen. "Both Mary Jeanne and Garry embody the essence of what this award represents."

Ms. Frank was nominated for her work as nursing supervisor. In her role as a nursing supervisor, Mary Jeanne manages nursing staff, maintains appropriate staffing levels, and supervises the care of nursing home residents. 

She has been employed by Stella Maris for six years and resides with her husband, Delegate Bill Frank, and their three children.  She is a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Towson, Md.

"Mary Jeanne consistently demonstrates courtesy and respect for all residents, family members, co-workers and visitors," said Sister Louis Mary Battle, Chairperson of the Mission and Values Committee.  "She goes to great lengths to be fair in all of her decisions, thus demonstrating her ability to achieve satisfactory resolution through open and honest communication."


Mr. Brannan was nominated for his work as an electrician and for assuming extra responsibilities during his supervisor’s medical leave.  He has been employed at Stella Maris for seven years and resides in Jarrettsville, Md. with his wife.

"Garry always makes him self available during storms in the event of a power outage," said Bob Weber, plant operations director.  "He knows how many people rely on him and we are grateful."

Stella Maris, whose well-recognized services include: senior living facilities, home care, long term care, rehabilitation services, dementia care, hospice care and a senior day center. Since Baltimore’s Archbishop Keough called on the Sisters of Mercy to administer Stella Maris in 1953, the vision has been to build Stella Maris into the leader in senior care and housing through service based on exemplary medical care, compassion, trust and respect. These values continue to form the foundation of Stella Maris’ efforts.


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