Caregiving heroes honored at Golden Care Awards

Press Staff Writer

        On Thursday, Nov. 7 compassionate caregivers in Wood County were honored at The Golden Care Awards held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bowling Green.
        The event was designed to recognize National Caregivers Month in November and to honor caregivers within area communities and facilities.
        Nominations were sent in from friends, family, and coworkers of caregivers who go above and beyond every day to care for those they serve.
        All nominees from three categories including agency support staff, medical staff, and community caregivers were recognized at the event. Each nomination was reviewed by the Wood County Commissioners, who selected one winner from each category.
        Selected winners were Sheila Sizemore, agency support staff caregiver from Briar Hill Health Campus; Cheryl Kinder, community caregiver; and Anna Anderson, medical staff caregiver from Bridge Home Health and Hospice.
        Prior to Anderson’s career with Bridge Home Health and Hospice, she spent time at the facility with her grandmother who was suffering from pancreatic cancer.
         “I always knew that’s what I wanted to do, with my ultimate goal being to work for hospice,” she said. She achieved that goal in 2015 when she started with Bridge Home Health and Hospice, and has enjoyed the care she has been able to give during her time there, she said.
        “There’s a little piece of my grandma in everyone I get to serve” Anderson said.
        The complete list of caregiving heroes includes:
        • Support staff: Cindy Below, Noland Covington, Shannon Dawson, Bettie Dean, Ron Gargasz, Ashley Gonyer, Kris Jankowski, Pam Kominek, Cherie Modlinski, Don Neifer, Cassandra Parrish, Ester Polan, Sheila Sizemore, Valerie Wambo, Linda Wilkins and Lynn Zachrich.
        • Medical professionals: Anna Anderson, Linda Davis, Donna Heflin, Ryan Heney, Stacy Irvin, Christine Matere, Danielle Oman, Anthony Onyekelu, Shae Williams and Dr. Thomas Wojciechowski.
         • Community caregivers: Melinda Amos, Sue Glass, Mike Keller, Cheryl Kinder, Victor Reynolds, Jessica Sinning and LaDora Woods.
        The event was presented by the Wood County Committee on Aging. Event committee sponsors included Bowling Green Care Center, Bowling Green Manor, Briar Hill Health Care Campus, Bridge Home Health and Hospice, Brookdale of Bowling Green, Kingston of Perrysburg and Perrysburg Commons.
        Other county-wide participating companies included: Bowling Green Family Physicians, Golden Care Partners, Heartland of Perrysburg, Heritage Corner Health Care, Laurus Home Care and Wood Haven Health Care.
        For info on programs and services, contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at 419-353-5661 or


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