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March 2024 OWL Award Recipients

Published on: April 29, 2024

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village are pleased to announce the OWL award recipients for March 2024. The outstanding workers in long term care (OWL) award recognizes exemplary staff who support the residents, their families, and the caregivers at our long term care facilities.

Suzanne Kirkpatrick, Certified Nursing Assistant, at the Keep Home, and Summit Village Assisted Living Home Health Aide’s Gina Deline, Stephanie Deline, and Leila Howard, were nominated and selected as winners by a committee. 

Multiple co-workers nominated Kirkpatrick, and an excerpt from the March OWL award nomination, read:

Suzanne Kirkpatrick, CNA, on the Keep Home’s 2nd floor, was highlighted for her work ethic, compassion, and care for all residents, “no matter what floor she is on.” While accepting her OWL recognition, Suzanne proudly remembered all the floors she had worked on at the organization during her more than 40 years of service at Samaritan.

The Summit Village OWL honorees were collectively acknowledged by Neva Bossard, administrator for assisted living, for their outstanding care, compassion, and teamwork. Thanks to their quick thinking, the team ensured that Summit Village residents did not miss their beloved BINGO event one evening when there was severe weather and staffing issues. These caregivers do not typically coordinate and execute activities of this nature. She said, “this was a testament to their commitment to our residents’ overall well-being.”

For being recognized, the OWL recipients receive a certificate, special parking spot for a month, an owl pin, special banner recognition, badge buddy, and various treats. 

The OWL award will continue to be presented at each Samaritan long term care facility throughout the year, and residents, families, or colleagues can submit nominations at any time. To nominate or learn more about the OWL award, visit


About Samaritan Keep Home

The Samaritan Keep Home is a 272-bed long term care facility connected to the Samaritan Medical Center campus in Watertown. This residential care facility provides a full range of skilled nursing assistance, rehabilitative therapies, and social and recreational activities. Our mission is to provide an atmosphere that allows our residents to thrive and remain socially active in all aspects of their lives.

About Samaritan Summit Village

At Samaritan Summit Village – Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing facilities – our team is committed to providing sophisticated senior living. Whether we’re assisting with daily chores or planning exciting group activities, we’re here to help make living easier The services needed by residents may vary widely, but the goal of our care is always the same: helping seniors to live exceptionally and age in place. With its amazing views, Samaritan Summit Village overlooks Watertown, NY, and offers 120 assisted living beds, and 168 nursing home beds. 

About The OWL Award

The owl is symbolic of intuition, protection, and wisdom. At Samaritan, we are all caregivers, including those who have committed to showing extraordinary compassionate care as a long term caregiver. We need each other to care for our community.

The OWL Award (Outstanding Workers in Long Term Care) was established in December 2023 and is awarded to a caregiver who has given their time and talent to the healthcare system and to our residents. The recipients have repeatedly gone above and beyond in their role to help our staff, and residents, to make our community thrive. They exemplify the HEART Values and take their role as a Samaritan Caregiver with pride. 

The OWL Award complements our existing DAISY and BEE Awards for staff, and HIVE award for volunteers. Together we recognize the amazing caregivers of the Samaritan Health System and the culture we embrace.

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