Social Worker of the Year

by: Submitted photo - Award recipient Deb Thinnes, left, with Debbie Snell, Mountain View Home Health and Hospice director.

   Deb Thinnes, of Mountain View Hospital was awarded as the Hospice Social Worker of the Year by the Oregon Hospice Association at its annual awards dinner held recently in Portland.
   "Deb is a valuable asset and integral part of the Mountain View Hospice team. She has excellent medical social worker skills, knowledge and intuitiveness. Deb is respected by the hospice team, hospital caregivers, and health care providers within the local community and regionally," said Debbie Snell, Mountain View Home Health and Hospice director.
   The dinner event was well attended, with representation from 25 member hospices across the state. This prestigious award was first presented in January 2004 and has become a tradition Oregon's hospice providers look forward to every year. Oregon is among the nation's leaders for hospice care.
   "Deb's goals include expanding the bereavement and volunteer programs and increasing community awareness of the services available through Mountain View Hospice," noted Snell.
   "She makes a difference for patients and families in this work of a lifetime. I appreciate how hard she works to create a cohesive team, her passion for excellence, and her core values of compassion, ethics, honesty, trust, and integrity," Snell said.
   The Oregon Hospice Association is a statewide, not-for-profit public benefit membership organization whose goal is to make sure that all Oregonians can have excellent care as they or their loved ones approach the end of life.
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