MedStar St. Mary’s Honors Associate, Volunteer

Kay D’Esposito, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary President; Patti Schmidt, RN, Associate of the Year; and Christine Wray, President of MedStar St. Mary’s, at the Annual Associates Awards Banquet.

June 15, 2015

LEONARDTOWN, Md.- (June 15, 2015) –  MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital recently announced its Associate of the Year and Auxilian of the Year award winners during separate celebrations held earlier this spring.

Patti Schmidt, RN, was honored with the Peabody Award of Excellence for her exceptional work as a telemetry nurse. Schmidt received the award at the 2015 MedStar St. Mary’s Associate Awards Banquet held May 15.  The award is named for Elinor Peabody, a former hospital Auxiliary member who was a tremendous role model for the community. Schmidt has been employed at MedStar St. Mary’s for 12 years and is known for her positive attitude, limitless energy and immense compassion for her patients.

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital also named its Auxilian of the Year, Ernestine Pence. Pence received her award at the hospital’s Auxiliary Appreciation Luncheon held April 10. The current vice president of the Auxiliary, Pence is known for her devotion to ensuring the hospital gift shop is always open as well as planning and facilitating fundraisers.

“She has volunteered her time for numerous years and is a valuable asset to the Auxiliary,” said Bonnie Trader, 20-year Auxiliary member. “She is truly deserving of this award.”

Schmidt and Pence are featured in the summer issue of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Healthy Living magazine. Healthy Living is a quarterly publication mailed to residents throughout the southern Maryland region. Also in the upcoming issue are features about cancer treatment, sleep studies, women’s health, new outpatient services and upcoming MedStar events and classes.

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Kay D’Esposito, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary President; Patti Schmidt, RN, Associate of the Year; and Christine Wray, President of MedStar St. Mary’s, at the Annual Associates Awards Banquet.

Auxilian of the Year Ernestine Pence stands alongside fellow Auxilians, her family members, and Stephen Michaels, MD, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer (far right) after receiving her award. Honored at the hospital’s annual Auxiliary Appreciation Luncheon this April, her mother, husband and daughter all showed up to surprise Ernestine as she accepted her award. 

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Md. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary's provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals™ and is an eight time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. Visit MedStarStMarys.org to learn more.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.