July 25, 2023
Dear Misericordia Staff and Families,
As we continue to move in the direction of shifting McAuley's care and services to a more advanced clinical setting, we could not have gotten to where we are today without knowledge and leadership of Ashley Hespen, Diana Echavarria, Leticia Annoreno, Aroma Blomquist, and Cynthia Primar. So many of the original team when we moved Misericordia South to McAuley in 2005 are still very much a part of the management of McAuley. The talents of this team has ensured continuity of care and exceptional medical services since that move. We are excited as we enter this new chapter of further evolving McAuley's services to address the high complex needs of those we serve today and in the future. We see this as an opportunity as the whole of medical services come together across campus.
As a part of the McAuley reorganization, Rhonda Hrobowski, MSN, RN has been hired as the Assistant Vice President of Clinical Services. Rhonda comes to Misericordia with a wealth of clinical and leadership experience. She has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, received her Masters of Nursing degree from NorthPark University, and has held progressive nursing leadership roles within NorthShore University Health system. She possesses a strategic and innovative mindset and has a demonstrated track record of elevating nursing professional practice and process improvement.
July 14, 2023
Dear Families and Staff,
I hope all are taking advantage of these summer months and getting outside to enjoy or are able to get away on vacation. We wanted to share with you where we are at in terms of the organizational changes we made almost seven months ago. For the current organization chart, click here. Most of the staff you know well but there have been a few newcomers to the organization. Madelyne Trejo is VP in charge of Clinical Services. She has immersed herself in getting to know her teams including VP’s, nursing, therapy, our medical providers, dieticians and dental services. She has made an impact and we are very pleased she is a member of the team.
Another newcomer is Amara Tyler who started in March. She is the Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Quinlan and Mercy Glen. She works directly under Chris Krackenberger. She too has been getting to know the residents, staff, families and her co-workers. She brings a new perspective to different aspects of residential services. A more recent new hire is Alnierys Venegas who was hired in mid-June. She is the new AVP of Developmental Training Services. She works directly under Tina Stendardo and closely with Michael Diaz, the AVP of Community Day Services. Alnierys brings a considerable amount of experience in the nonprofit social service and higher education administration sectors in Chicago. She is currently finishing DSP training and OJT training and anxious to start to get to know the residents, staff and families. We are very happy that she has joined our team. These past seven months have been busy. People are settling in with their new roles and responsibilities.
Learn more about Misericordia by reading Campus Connections, the newsletter for employees. Click here for the most recent issue, July 2023. Past issues can be found in Campus Connections under the Misericordia Info menu item on this website.
We are calling all volunteers to help with the 2023 The Artist in All Event. The Artist in All takes place Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago located at 159 E. Monroe.
PLEASE NOTE: ANY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE SCHEDULED DURING THE ACTUAL EVENT ON JULY 19 REQUIRE THE INDIVIDUAL TO PURCHASE A TICKET TO THE EVENT.
Click here to sign up to volunteer! 2023 AIA Volunteer Sign Up: 2023 The Artist in All Volunteer Sign up (signupgenius.com)
Misericordia is blessed to have over 37 acres of beautiful land that our residents, families and staff enjoy. Through the Day Services program, Sharon Metzger and our residents have designed a Garden Walk Brochure for families, staff and residents to enjoy. Over the past few years, our residents have really taken ownership of various gardens on campus. The next time you are on campus, please take the tour to see all of the residents' hard work and enjoy the scenery.
Click here for the Garden Walk Brochure. Enjoy!
VP of Programs
During July, Misericordia is recognizing the hard work and dedication of the “QIDPs” or better known as the “Qs”. There will be an Appreciation Event on July 12th, which will include a catered luncheon, staff gifts and raffles.
Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDPs) oversee the needs of the residents, including their programs, goals, medical/dental needs, community outings and nearly all facets of daily life. QIDPs work closely with Supervisors, DSPs (Direct Service Providers) and parents/guardians to ensure quality care and programming for all residents. The House Managers and Environmental Coordinators are also instrumental in providing for the needs of the residents.
Please send an email or written note of thanks and appreciation directly to your residents’ Qs/House Managers/Environmental Coordinators during the month of July.
In addition, we need six volunteers to help set-up, greet the staff and clean-up at the July 12th luncheon. For more details and to sign-up, please go to this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EACAE2DA7FBC52-qidp1
Lisa Masucci & John Butler
MFA’s Staff Appreciation Coordinators
Review the Dinner Menu choices Click here!
Make your reservations for the Benefit on Sunday August 27, 2023 Click here!
*If you need detailed instructions Click here!
But first, please remember to:
You can also:
If you have questions or will need assistance making your Dinner Reservations, please contact the Reservations Chairs and we will be happy to help.
Diane & David Carpenter
phone 630-476-4257 (Diane)
by Linda Buchalo
Our last stop on the tour of Misericordia residences is the Heart of Mercy Village. You might mistake the nine homes that make up the Village as a suburban development, but look again—these lovely homes are nestled together within the Misericordia campus. The homes were built in 1983–1984 on the northeast corner of the campus. Each home is unique, primarily brick, but differs slightly, making this part of campus look very much like a typical neighborhood. Each home has its own patio for outdoor dining or taking advantage of nice weather.
Within the last ten years, the homes were remodeled. The wallpaper came down to make way for a more modern look. The patios were updated—each now has two large tables, a rocking swing, and a grill. Amina Grace Gardens was constructed within the Village and provides a beautiful landscape with various plantings, including pear trees and vegetable gardens.
"The SIBS Board of Misericordia was founded by Lois Gates in 1993 with members who are still active in the community. It’s purpose was to increase involvement of siblings of Misericordia residents. Increasing sibling engagement is needed now more than ever, and we need your help! Quarterly newsletters will begin to support this effort."
Click here to read the Sibs Quarterly Newsletter and see what the Misericordia Siblings are working on.
Click here to learn more about the prizes and purchase Raffle tickets.
Click here to download the Cash/Car/Grand Raffles Flyer/Solicitation Letter to send to your family, friends and work colleagues to help the MFA generate more raffle sales.
Go to www.mfabenefit.org to learn more about the Misericordia Family Association 63rd Annual Benefit!
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