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Hospital worker noted for compassion

A Forest Park woman employed at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park recently received the Nursing Staff Recognition Award from her employer. Jolean Booth has worked at the hospital since 2000 in a variety of roles, according to a statement released by the hospital, and particularly enjoys the transitional care unit that matches patients with various therapy programs. Booth, a secretary at the hospital, “is always mentioned in customer surveys, as well as by staff, families and residents for her attention to personal issues,” a supervisor said.

The distinction is handed out monthly by nursing supervisors.

Non-profit expands health services

A local social service organization is expanding its mental health programs for seniors in an effort to provide counseling and support services in the home. According to a press release from Family Service, a non-profit located in Oak Park, Project ACCESS will provide greater stability to seniors with mental health issues living at home. A new position created for the program is being sponsored in part by the Proviso Township Mental Health Commission and the Westlake Health Foundation.

Project ACCESS will work in cooperation with West Suburban Senior Services and Resurrection Behavioral Health.

Municipal committee seats filled

Two dozen residents were approved by the village council recently to sit on 10 committees that oversee various aspects of community life. Several of the appointees filled vacancies on crucial bodies, including Steve Hinton, who was appointed to serve on the Fire and Police Commission. Hinton will serve alongside Brad Zandstra and Amy Rita, who were reappointed to the commission.

Other committee appointments include: Patrick Jacknow and Burak Tanyu to the Zoning Board of Appeals; John Plepel, Michelle Dirks and Marcus Muriello to the Plan Commission; and Joe Brownlee to the Police Pension Board.

All appointees were approved during a November village council meeting.