2016 Outstanding BSW Award Recipient
Amanda Schoettinger, LLBSW, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding BSW Award!
Amanda was nominated for this prestigious award by Veronique Mosby, Sarah Colbert, Nan McBride, & Loulie Meynard
“Amanda Schoettinger is a stellar example of a competent, innovative, and accomplished social worker. Her achievements represent significant success by guiding a struggling program into the mainstream and providing the infrastructure to ensure its long-term viability. By incorporating BSWs among her recruits, she has provided an extraordinary opportunity for those volunteers to gain hands-on experience in direct patient care. Amanda’s infectious enthusiasm and determination to see tasks through draw people to her.
Amanda recruits, trains, and manages over 65 volunteers single-handedly to run the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP). Her single-minded focus is on the patients and how every one of the volunteers can make their stay in the hospital better, while reducing the possibility of delirium. The numbers speak for themselves – her volunteers touch nearly 800 patients per year and delivering over 5,800 interventions for those patients. Another way to look at it is to quantify the number of hours focused on patient care: It is a staggering 11,040 hours per year! Just managing the volunteers and that number of hours dedicated to patient care and the prevention of delirium is astounding. But it’s her dedication to constant improvement that makes being a volunteer in the HELP program so rewarding.
Amanda is truly a leader; she is open and supportive with her volunteer staff, encouraging learning, growth, and development. She recognizes the strengths of those who work with her and leverages those strengths to the benefit of the program.”