2022 Martidell winner Cordell Boyd (center) with Joan Wetzel, Laura Lamb, Jack Martindell, and Kim Martindell. A housekeeper at Marjorie P. Lee in Cincinnati, Cordell has been with ERS for 9 years.
At Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS), our residents have experienced that special relationship with a care provider or supportive team member who went above and beyond to make them or their family members feel welcome, cared for, and honored.
It may have been a resident assistant. It may have been a housekeeper or a dining room server. It may even have been the person who asked, “How was your day?” and sat, took their time, and listened.
ERS invites you to let that special caregiver know just how much their words, actions, or gestures have meant. Please nominate an ERS staff member for the 2023 Trish Martindell Award.
History of the Martindell Award
The Martindell Award is named for the late ERS Board Chair Patricia “Trish” Martindell, who established it as a legacy to her father, John Wahlberg. Mr. Wahlberg had resided at Deupree Health Center (now Deupree Cottages) in Hyde Park.
It’s a special, annual honor (including a $1,000 stipend) given to a deserving, non-management ERS team member who exemplifies excellence in caregiving, and who strives to care for our residents in special and meaningful ways.
Trish was originally inspired to create the award by witnessing her father’s caregivers’ devotion to service. The compassion and skill with which ERS team members cared for her father made a lasting impression on Trish. She joined the ERS Board in 2001 after serving as chair of Deupree Health Center’s family council during her father’s residency. She then served as the chair of the ERS Board from 2010 to 2011.
Trish Martindell’s Legacy
Sadly, Trish passed away unexpectedly in August of 2016. Her passing was a tremendous loss not only for her loved ones, but also for everyone in the ERS family — from our board members to our team members and our residents. The award that bears her name lives on as a tribute to the values she held and that we share — namely, that seniors and their families have a right to person-centered, dignified care. We’re honored to bestow it on a deserving ERS staff member each year and, in doing so, to continue sharing Trish’s story and vision.
The nominations are a testimony to the kind of difference the ERS staff can make in the life of a resident. It is a great honor to receive that level of gratitude from someone they help. That feeling — of personal ownership and responsibility to our residents, and of the joy experienced while serving them — centers staff and keeps them focused on the ERS mission. The $1,000 check and award are personally presented to the winner(s) by Trish Martindell’s husband, Jack, and her step-daughter Kim, who have remained involved with the award selection committee.
2022 Martidell winner Bryan Lusane with Nick Trotta, his manager. A housekeeper at Deupree House in Cincinnati, Bryan has been with ERS for 20 years.
Tell Us Who Should Win the 2023 Martindell Award
We love to hear how ERS staff members have made a positive difference in residents’ and families’ lives. Staff members who work on all ERS campuses, including the three continuing care retirement centers (CCRCs) — Deupree House, Marjorie P. Lee and Episcopal Church Home — and all Affordable Living by ERS communities are eligible. Please consider taking a moment to recognize the people who have provided you and your family with truly excellent care. Fill out your nomination form here.
You can submit multiple individual recognitions. Nominations for the 2023 Martindell Award will remain open July 1-Aug. 4, 2023. The winner will be announced in September. Check back here or on social media to read about the winners. It might be the team member you nominate!