Dr. Robert Krug, President & CEO, Medical Director MSRH, and Maura Murray, Executive Director MSRH (left) present the Dr. Catherine Bontke Spirit of Rehab Award to Lori Kostich.
(Hartford, Conn. April 28, 2015)
-- Speech Language Pathologist Lori Ann Kostich M.S. CCC-SLP, MSCS, received
the third annual Dr. Catherine Bontke Spirit of Rehab Award at the Mount
Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital’s Annual Town Meeting. This peer-nominated award
is presented to a rehabilitation service line employee who exemplifies
professionalism and dedication to the patient populations served.
Bontke was the first medical director at the Rehabilitation Hospital of
Connecticut, now Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital (MSRH), and was
known for her humanistic caring of patients with brain injuries.
a Madison resident, is a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist at Mount Sinai
Outpatient Rehabilitation Hospital/Mandell Center for Multiple Sclerosis, where
she has worked for the past four years.
“Lori is very passionate about her work. She frequently volunteers
to take students and is eager to share her knowledge,” notes Amy Neal, PA-C,
who nominated Lori for the award. “She is often willing to alter her schedule
to accommodate early and late appointments requested by patients.
“Lori views any new
observation as a research opportunity even if it will ultimately benefit just
one patient’s needs. Her dedication is ever-present and admirable among her
peers,” she adds.
“Lori is a shining
example among the clinicians at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital and the
Mandell Center for Multiple Sclerosis. She exceeds expectations on a daily
basis to provide excellent and compassionate care for our patients,” notes Dr.
Robert Krug, President & CEO, Medical Director MSRH.
“Lori is well respected
among her peers and she always puts her patients’ needs first by continually
looking for personalized solutions that will enhance their lives,” says Maura
Murray, Executive Director MSRH.
past fall, she was a speaker at the American Speech Language Hearing
Association’s national conference on evaluating and writing goals when working
with people with MS. She is currently in the process of completing her findings
for a Saint Francis grant on a patient-centered, cognitive-linguistic checklist
to be used when writing treatment goals with MS patients. Kostich will also
feature the checklist at a poster at the upcoming Consortium of Multiple
Sclerosis Centers conference next month.
Francis Care is an integrated
healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical
Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is
a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New
England. Other major entities of Saint
Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent
organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and
Home and Community Health Services are also Saint Francis Care Partners. Saint Francis
Care’s services are supported by a
network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office
centers sited throughout the region. For
more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.