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SUPPLIED PHOTO Margie Cholin, right, is the latest recipient of the Dr Alexander Nesbitt Commitment to Caring Award. Cholin, a social worker at UPMC Williamsport, stands with Dr. Nesbitt, left, and Julieanne Steinbacher, who was instrumental in establishing the award.

Margie Cholin, a social worker at UPMC Williamsport, has become the ninth person to receive the Dr. Alexander Nesbitt Commitment to Caring Award. The award was developed by senior care law firm Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak in 2014 to recognize an individual or non-profit organization in the community that demonstrates extraordinary commitment to care. that improve the lives of others.

Cholin received the award at an in-person Healthcare Decisions Day event on palliative and end-of-life care sponsored by the law firm.

The award namesake was on hand for the presentation and commented on the work he has seen Cholin do for patients and their families.

“She’s a very competent and efficient social worker, and she knows how to get things done,” said Nesbitt.

“But Margie does more than that. She doesn’t just take care of this person who is a patient. She engaged with this person who needs help in that way and she will engage with that and really listen and dig in, in a way that connects with the person and their family and the needs there. find. Not everyone is like that” He continued.

“Margie does this because she’s not just doing her job. She’s doing this for a higher purpose…it’s truly a blessing for us to have her. he added.

In introducing Cholin as a recipient, Julieanne E. Steinbacher, who was instrumental in creating the award, said Cholin had served “countless people and their families to make sure they get the care and attention they deserve.”

Cholin has worked for 34 years in nearly every aspect of the field, from medicine and surgery to a more comprehensive rehabilitation role.

“Margie’s caring nature always goes the extra mile for patients, family and friends,” Steinbacher said, sharing that Cholin has been known to prepare meals for families traveling remotely. She also provided clothing to those in need and offered emotional support to family members struggling with a patient’s diagnosis.

Cholin is helping to fill the staffing shortages the hospital is currently facing by volunteering to do weekend ward work. This allows patients who cannot be left alone to have valuable company when they need it most and helps lift their spirits.

“She also stays late at the hospital to ensure that all aspects of[patientcommunicationshavebeenfollowedupandthatfamiliesarewellinformedandcaredforinthemostdignifiedandattentivemannerpossible”[lescommunicationsaveclespatientsontétésuivisetquelesfamillessontbieninforméesetprisesenchargedelamanièrelaplusdigneetlaplusattentivepossible”[patientcommunicationshasbeenfollowedthroughandthatfamiliesarewell-informedandcaredforinthemostdignifiedandattentivemannerpossible” said Steinbacher.

“Margie’s work ethic has always been based on treating all of her patients and their families the same way she would like her and her family to be treated.” Steinbacher added.

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