Christiana Care celebrates 2019 Champions of Service

Christiana Care’s 2019 Champions of Service awards ceremony in April celebrated our extraordinary people who serve the community.

Jefferson Award

The national Jefferson Awards program, established in 1972, honors individuals for excellence in community and public service.

Caregivers Tiffany M. Cannon, MS; Andrea B. Jones, RN; Judith Lind-Maloney, MSN, RN, CCRN; Daniel L. Hamm, Jr., BSN, RN; and Dominic F. Santillo were honored with Jefferson Awards.

Santillo, a senior systems engineer, was honored for his 22 years of service to the New Jersey Boys State Foundation. This organization teaches government and leadership during a week-long, college-level seminar for youth. Santillo was selected to represent Christiana Care nationally, and he will travel to Washington, D.C., for the Jefferson Awards national event.

Christiana Care caregivers who were nominated for the annual Jefferson Award included Jerry J. Castellano, Pharm.D., CIP; Sheila Jordan Koiv, BS, RN; Johana I. Ortiz, CMA; Alyssa Stearrett Pietrobono, CPA; Christy L. Poole, MSM-HCA, RN, CRNI; Hollie Rudolph, MPAS, PA-C; and Arlene Janice Smalls, M.D., FACOG.

Community Hero Award

Ascending Queens founder Lillian Oliver won the Community Hero Award. Her nonprofit focuses on mentoring at-risk girls from impoverished areas of Wilmington and empowering them to achieve academic and personal goals.

Community Hero Award winners, seated, Mary Lou Cannatelli; Lillian Oliver; and Deirdre B. Ritchie, RN-BC. Standing, Tyler Rigler; Helen McCullough, D.O., MPH; and Jane E. Lackey. (Absent from photo: Anne Reinholtz)

Nominees for the award included Delaware Hospice Festival of Trees volunteers Jane E. Lackey, Mary Lou Cannatelli and Anne Reinholtz; Deirdre B. Ritchie, RN-BC, who volunteers with Hands International and Delaware Medical Relief Team; Helen McCullough, D.O., MPH, who collects supplies and organizes medical mission trips to Haiti; and Tyler Rigler, who started a foundation to support pediatric cancer patients and their families.