People on the Move- Two Stella Maris Employees Honored

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Stephanie Gramling and Phyllistine Davis Awarded the Mercy Spirit Award
Timonium, MD — Dec. 28, 2006 — Sister M. Karen McNally, RSM, Stella Maris Chief Administrative Officer, presented Ms. Stephanie Gramling of Cockeysville, Md. and Ms. Phyllistine Davis of Baltimore 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 awarded this meaningful award for living the values of the Sisters of Mercy. Nominees must demonstrate 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 Stephanie and Phyllistine embody the essence of what this award represents.”

Ms. Gramling was nominated for her work as the nurse manager for one of Stella Maris’ dementia units where 52 elderly patients reside. She subscribes to an “open door” policy making employees, residents and family members feel welcome and comfortable at all times. Ms. Gramling has been employed by Stella Maris for two years as nurse manager.
“Stephanie is a woman of faith who creates an environment where each individual’s uniqueness is valued,” said Sister Louis Mary Battle, Chairperson of the Mission and Values Committee. “She goes to great lengths to be honest and fair in all her dealings, earning the trust and respect of her staff.”
Ms. Davis was nominated for her work as a heavy duty technician. She routinely cleans patient rooms with grace and respect. She is always mindful of patient and family wishes and performs her duties with the least amount of disruption possible. Ms. Davis has been employed at Stella Maris for 30 years and resides in Northwood with her husband and daughter.
“Phyllistine is the type of person who takes great pride and ownership in her responsibilities at Stella Maris,” said Craig Sattler, environmental services director. “We are fortunate to have an employee like her.”
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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