State’s Five Mental Hospitals Present Awards To Psychiatric Aides Of Year

Mary 19, 1960

Judged to be “the best in their profession” by a committee of coworkers, fifteen men and women, members of non-professional nursing services of Maryland’s mental hospitals, received special awards and honors on May 16, at 2 p.m., at exercises held at the Department of Mental Hygiene, State Office Building, 301 W. Preston Street, Baltimore. The Council of Women’s Auxiliaries of the Maryland State Mental Hospitals acted as hostesses.

Honored as Psychiatric Aide of the Year, the winner of the first Award in each hospital was presented with a gold, engraved key-type medal, and the winners of the second Award received a similar medal of silver.

The awards were presented to the following persons:

Springfield State Hospital — Gold key, Hazel Barnes; silver key, Ann Leatherwood and Bertha Baker.

Rosewood State Training School — Gold key, Nellie Williams; silver key, Clifford Frey and Marie Martin.

Spring Grove State Hospital — Gold key, Irene G. Costello; silver key, Betty Jean Norris and Odessa Jean Munik.

Eastern Shore State Hospital — Gold key, William Alvin Ruark; silver key, Mary Jane Barnes and Guy Hughes.

Crownville State Hospital — Gold key, Ernest B. Fox; silver key, William Haree and Thelma Adams.

In presenting the awards, Dr. Isadore Tuerk, newly appointed commissioner of the department of Mental Hygiene, commented upon the substantial progress that has been made in recent years in Maryland’s mental hospitals’ programs. He pointed out that in the face of marked increases in admission rates, the staff of the State mental hospitals have been successful in reducing the average in-patient population.

While new methods of therapy have been very important in this increased movements of patients back into the community, this progress was also made possible by growth in the number of hospital staff and by the development of greater skills and abilities through the hospitals’ training programs. To some degree, the future progress of Maryland’s mental health program will depend upon the ability of the Department of Mental Hygiene to train and attract additional well qualified personnel.

In addressing his remarks to the fifteen recipients of the awards, Dr. Tuerk noted that, “To these devoted, effective and skilled individuals who are recipients of this Awards, and to the nursing staff of the State Mental Hospitals, whom they represent, the State of Maryland and its citizens owe a tremendous debt of gratitude and praise.”

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