Lindenhurst senior living community salutes its staff

Leaders at a Lindenhurst senior living community recently honored their own "health care heroes" by enumerating the exceptional acts of kindness and care health care staff offered to residents and between colleagues during the last three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and concluded that salute by dedicating a new plaque to commemorate the staff who served residents and colleagues with distinction.

The special salute took place June 25 inside the entrance to The Village at Victory Lakes Healthcare Center. The Village at Victory Lakes is a senior living community administered by Franciscan Ministries of Lemont, a faith-based ministry founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago.

"In the last three months, we've heard a lot about COVID statistics and the dire situations in skilled care settings. However, we haven't heard enough about the heroic acts of compassion undertaken by associates like you who have risked your own personal health and safety because of your dedication to our mission of caring for the elderly," said Jeanne Heid-Grubman, MSW, administrator of The Victory at Village Lakes Healthcare Center.

The plaque will be installed to salute the commitment of employee associates during the COVID-19 pandemic to the residents of the Village at Victory Lakes.

The salutatory presentation was part of a week of celebration at The Village at Victory Lakes held to honor its "health care heroes."

Franciscan Ministries is a nonprofit, Catholic system offering senior living, health care and community-based services. Additionally, it supports young, at-risk women seeking a Catholic secondary education, and operates a family violence prevention center and shelter.

For more information about Franciscan Ministries, call (800) 524-6126 or visit

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Staff members at The Village at Victory Lakes, from left, Kelsie Morway, Peggy Josupait, Liz Carberry and Katie Johnson, enjoy ice cream during a week of celebration to honor the "health care heroes." Courtesy of Franciscan Ministries
A painting by Village at Victory Lakes Discharge Planner Kelsie Morway hangs next to the plaque recognizing the staff who served during the pandemic. Courtesy of Franciscan Ministries
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