Southington Care Center volunteer Doris Strilkauskas recently received a Distinguished Service Award from the Town of Southington in appreciation of her good works. The award acknowledged the “kind and compassionate deeds toward our healthcare professionals at Southington Care Center.” Among the many charitable deeds during the pandemic, Doris has made masks, provided pasta dinners and eggplant lunches for staff, as well as collected and delivered baked goods and snacks from local restaurants.
“Staff wait with much anticipation for Doris’ SUV to pull up into our driveway with the goodies of the day,” said William Kowalewski, Southington Care Center executive director.
Victoria Triano, Southington Town Council chairwoman, presented the certificate during a small ceremony held in the driveway of the care center, located at 45 Meriden Ave. Triano is also the director of Pastoral Care at the care center.
Doris Medina, holistic nurse at Southington Care Center, is the daughter of Doris Strilkauskas, whose husband died in February. “Then COVID-19 hit and she was left with social isolation from her family and friends at a time where she needed everyone around to help to grieve her loss,” Medina said. “Doris didn’t give up, instead she decided to give. At Southington Care we are fortunate to have received her gifts and at the same time, this is what has kept her going.”
Southington Care Center, a not for profit member of Hartford HealthCare Senior Services, offers skilled nursing, rehabilitation services and palliative care at 45 Meriden Ave. For more information about Southington Care Center, visit http://southingtoncare.org.