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Obenours honor eleven Guardian Angels

Posted: Friday, August 5, 2011

The family of the late Mabel Obenour has honored eleven people at Parkview Huntington Hospital as Mrs. Obenour’s “Guardian Angels.” Seven of those recipients were recognized during a ceremony in the hospital’s surgery department, where family members presented them with special pins designating their “Guardian Angel” status. The other four recipients will receive their pins in separate ceremonies.

The honors went to Drs. Steven Wynder and Susan Nasri, as well as to Jodi Kilty, Laura Foote-Leedy, Teresa Mann, Jennifer Sheets, Heather Smith, Kim Thiele, Ruth Wall, Lori Wiegmann, and Brittany Wilburn.

The Guardian Angel program provides people with the opportunity to thank a Parkview Huntington Hospital employee, a team, or an entire department for making a special difference for them while they or their loved one was cared for at the hospital. They provide a gift, through the foundation, to the unrestricted Greatest Need fund, in honor of their Parkview Huntington “Guardian Angel.” All Guardian Angel gifts are used to enhance patient care at the hospital.

Five gifts among memorial contributions to the foundation in Mrs. Obenour’s memory have been designated by family members as a Guardian Angel tribute to her caregivers in the surgery department. In addition to the pin, honorees receive a certificate. Members of four generations of Mrs. Obenour’s family were present at the hospital ceremony. Her daughter, Mrs. Sharon Foraker, thanked the honorees.

“We wish to express deep gratitude to all who had a hand in caring for our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother,” Foraker wrote, “She could not have been cared for anywhere else with such compassion and caring.” Foraker continued, “Dr. Wynder, we now understand why the Good Lord called you to help with His healing. You went way beyond what your doctor’s oath calls for. I can think of no other, except the Lord, who showed the compassion you showed to us and to our mother. You are an awesome doctor and will never be forgotten. Nurses, please know that you are great and a kind bunch of girls. Thank you for crying along with us and Dr. Wynder. You are a great asset to your profession.”