Each year a member of a Benedictine Health System participating organization board is honored with the Trustee of the Year Award for his or her exceptional level of participation, leadership and guidance, both within the governance responsibilities of the facility and the community served.
Wendell Johnson, this year’s recipient, has served on the Villa St. Vincent, Crookston, Minn., Board of Directors for seven years, including three years as chair.
Johnson has also led the nominating committee, is a co-chair of the major gifts committee and is involved with the Villa Foundation.
Johnson is noted for going “above and beyond” by assisting with special events and building plans, planning for the children’s daycare center and proving to be instrumental in strategic planning and various other projects, according to Judy Hulst, Villa St. Vincent administrator/CEO.
“Wendell has a deep interest in our facility and how we relate to the needs of the community,” Hulst said. “He is Villa St. Vincent’s quiet, but exceedingly powerful hero. He is truly a champion of the Mission and Values of Benedictine Health System and Villa St. Vincent.”
Each year the Benedictine Health System honors groups and individuals who go beyond what is simply required in a job description or role to achieve a level that rises above the ordinary. Their contributions and commitments become examples to inspire and motivate others.
“It is an exciting recognition,” states Quality Coordinator Jill Brown. “There are hundreds of Board Members across Benedictine Health System and the nominees were exceptional; Wendell is truly deserving of this award. His commitment to our organization is unparalleled. He shares a remarkable amount of time and his talents to forward our mission providing care and services; we are so blessed to have Wendell on board.”
It is for these individuals, groups and projects that the Benedictine Health System created its annual recognition program. Since 1996, the Benedictine Awards has recognized the innovative efforts of BHS Participating Organizations that underscore the Mission and enliven the Core Values in extraordinary ways.
Villa St. Vincent is a participating organization of the Benedictine Health System, a Catholic, non-profit health system based in Duluth, Minn. BHS owns and/or manages approximately 40 nursing homes, assisted living and independent living facilities located in six Midwestern states. For more information, go to bhshealth.org.
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