Newsmaker: Nancy Ruschak
Noteworthy: Ruschak was named Hospice Aide of the Year from among hundreds of nominations across 37 states by her employer, Amedisys Inc., a Baton Rouge, La.-based health care-at-home company. She received a statue and a dozen roses at a ceremony.
Residence: Monongahela in Washington County
Family: Husband, Thomas; children, Suzanne and Thomas J.; grandchildren, Sarah, Grace and Sam
Occupation: Ruschak, an aide with Amedisys Hospice of Monongahela for 34 years, was nominated by her supervisor, Vickie Carolla. Amedisys acquired the center from Albert Gallatin Home Care in 2008.
Background: The award was presented to Ruschak for demonstrating clinical excellence with patients, positively influencing patients and families, and functioning as an outstanding member of the care team. Amedisys serves 360,000 patients each year at homes, hospitals and care centers, and has more than 14,000 employees nationwide.
Education: Ruschak graduated from Brownsville Area High School in 1969. She worked as a medical assistant in Morgantown, W.Va., and was certified as a home health aide in 1978.
Quote: “It shocked me when they called and told me I won. I love my job, or I wouldn't be doing this for 34 years. I have a lot of love, caring and compassion for my patients. I treat them like they are part of my family.”