Actor Mike Farrell, best known for playing Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt on the beloved TV show “MASH,” will be speaking about his second part to play in life as a caregiver of his mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s and, then later, his wife, actor Shelly Fabares, who battled complications from an auto-immune disorder.

Farrell’s speech will be featured as part of the Aging and In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana, Inc.’s annual meeting and awards ceremony.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research.

Grant awarded to support needs of local immigrants

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation awarded $45,000 in grant monies to Amani Family Services to help the nonprofit operate its numerous programs in Allen County.

Amani has become a beacon of hope for immigrants and refugees who have settled in Allen County. The nonprofit’s list of services for this community is long, and covers everything from mental health counseling to abuse and neglect intervention as well as advocacy and support for victims of abuse and/or trafficking.

The funds given by St. Joseph’s will be put toward providing “critically needed services,” including counseling, mental health assessments, youth bicultural adjustment groups and substance use support services.

“Amani is uniquely qualified to provide these services and we depend on strong partnerships with funders who understand the community needs, such as St. Joseph Community Health Foundation,” Irene Paxia, executive director at Amani, said in a statement.

Avalon Village to receive award for care

Avalon Village, an American Senior Community in Ligonier, has been pegged to receive the 2019 Silver Achievement in Quality Award from the American Healthcare Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

This award, per an announcement from ASC, is meant to recognize long-term living communities that go above and beyond when it comes to giving patients high-quality care on a consistent basis. Areas of focus for the award include organization of its systems, the facility’s effectiveness as well as its ability to adjust according to new tools and developments geared toward improving care.

“Caring people make the difference is not just a slogan, we intentionally seek individuals with a heart for service and a calling to serve seniors,” David Stordy, COO of ASC, said in a statement. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our commitment to delivering quality care. Going through the process of achieving the Silver award only makes our organization stronger.”

Seven communities from Indiana will receive this particular award and will be recognized during the AHCA/NCAL’s convention in October.

Parkview earns environment award

Parkview Health will be this year’s recipient of the 2019 Environmental Services Department of the Year award from the Association of Health Care Environment.

This branch of the American Hospitals Association determines the annual winner by considering how a health system’s environmental department has contributed to the care and experience of patients whether that be through community standards, new technology and practices or simply being attuned to the needs of the people they care for.

“Our environmental services team plays a vital role in providing excellent service to every person every day. We are fortunate to have a team of co-workers with servants’ hearts,” Dan Malloy, corporate director of environmental services for Parkview, said in a statement. “I’m blessed to work with an outstanding team that continuously strives to improve the patient, visitor and co-worker experience.”

Parkview will join other health systems nationwide at AHE’s EXCHANGE conference in August to be recognized and presented the award.

Chelsea Boulrisse is an experienced reporter who primarily covers health care and the medical device industry. You can send information for her weekly column to or call 260-426-2640, ext. 3307.

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