Winchester Hospital recognizes compassionate excellence in latest Commitment Award recipients

Celebrating at the WDMH Commitment Award ceremonies are (from left) Sabina de Stecher, Jannie vanNoppen, Dr. Mary Naciuk and Joanne Wicks. Missing is Elva Patterson-Rutters.

WINCHESTER — Every few months, the Commitment Awards are presented at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) to a shine a light on individuals or teams demonstrating compassionate excellence.On March 30th, the institution recognized a group it says exemplify the word compassion.

Joanne Wicks is a housekeeper at WDMH who takes pride in her work and is dedicated to patient safety. “Her compassion and concern for patients and their environment is evident in all her work,” note her nominators.

WDMH’s Spiritual Care Team is a compassionate group. Elva Patterson-Rutters, Jannie vanNoppen and Sabina de Stecher provide a connection to faith or a friendly visit — always being

respectful of individual needs and boundaries. “They are truly a gift to our organization,” sum up their nominators.

For over five years, Dr. Mary Naciuk has provided excellent leadership and compassionate patient advocacy as Chief of the Emergency Department. “Dr Naciuk has elevated the emergency department in our rural community to a high regard; both internally amongst patients, staff and volunteers; and, externally, with first responders, tertiary healthcare providers and surrounding communities,” explain her nominators.

“This month’s nominees and recipients truly demonstrate compassionate excellence,” says Cholly Boland, CEO. “We are proud to work with them every day.”

The hospital says it invites comments or suggestions about hospital services, by contacting Boland at 613.774.1049 or email at


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