Lawrence Hospital Center's Dolores Powers, PT received a prestigious award for her decades of
service caring for patients, providing physical therapy to people in Central America, and for volunteering at an area homeless shelter.
Powers, supervisor of inpatient physical therapy at Lawrence, was presented with the Wholeness of Life award for her more than 25 years of selfless service to those in need during a ceremony on October 24th at Lawrence Hospital Center in Bronxville. The program took place during National Pastoral Care Week, a time for institutions to recognize spiritual caregivers in their midst.
"We all take so much for granted," said Powers. "Each and every one of us should be doing whatever we can to help people in need."
Powers was also recognized for her work in El Salvador, where she has been on medical missions with family members.
"It was so eye opening to see that basic needs, such as fresh water, immunizations and education, are not available there," said Powers.
Powers has worked at Lawrence's physical therapy department for more than 25 years, caring for the whole person – patients' bodies, minds and spirits.
"Dolores' community has long benefited from her faithful volunteer commitment to homeless men at her local shelter," said Rev. Sim Gardner, director of pastoral care at Lawrence. "We also take pride in her many years of service in Central America through WISH, the medical group that gives free physical therapy to people in need across the globe."
It was the 21st year that the Wholeness of Life award was given out at Lawrence. President and CEO Edward M. Dinan presented the award to Powers during the special ceremony. Healthcare Chaplaincy, which works to further research, education, and the practice of multi-faith spiritual healthcare, co-sponsors Wholeness of Life.
During the Wholeness of Life ceremony, Lawrence Hospital Center employees and members of the community said goodbye to Sister Florence Mallon. Mallon left Lawrence on October 11 to return to caring for Bronxville's St. Joseph's Church full-time.