Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Two Meritorious Service Award recipients were recognized at Monday evening’s annual meeting of the Mary Rutan Health Association.
Honored during Monday evening’s annual meeting of the Mary Rutan Health Association were Melody Couchman, above, who received the 2014 External Meritorious Service Award for spearheading a number of projects to raise funds and awareness for cancer research, and Mary Rutan Hospital licensed social worker and director of care coordination James W. Schwind, front page photo. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)
Licensed social worker and director of care coordination James W. Schwind received the 2014 Internal Meritorious Service Award, while the 2014 External Meritorious Service Award recipient is Melody Couchman, a local leader who has spearheaded a number of projects to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.
For 23 years, Mary Rutan Foundation has recognized deserving individuals or organizations that place service to humanity ahead of personal gain or recognition by making substantial contributions to the community, health care and Mary Rutan Hospital.
Mr. Schwind, a 32-year veteran of Mary Rutan Hospital, was recognized for his “compassionate and caring heart, vast knowledge and tireless commitment to the patients and families he serves” at the hospital.
“During the time that Mr. Schwind has worked at Mary Rutan Hospital, he has displayed a heart of gold when it comes to working with patients and families,” Chuck Earick, Mary Rutan Foundation board chairman, said in a release.
In addition, the director of care coordinator also administers the hospital’s Medication Assistance Program and the Logan County Cancer Society Assistance Programs, and acts as the point person for MRH Employee Assistance Program.
A lifelong resident of Logan County, Ms. Couchman is a floral designer at Wren’s Florist and Greenhouse and a personal trainer, but also is known as a friend, confidant and leader to many.
“Never wanting to be in the limelight, Ms. Couchman is a quiet leader and hard worker doing whatever it takes to get the job done,” Mr. Earick said. “Seeing the affect that cancer has had on others in our community as well as her personal experience, Ms. Couchman has taken the steps to make a difference and fight against the dreadful disease.”
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