Jan Dymtrow honored for her commitment to the community
Jan Dymtrow, Community Services Coordinator at Boca Raton Regional Hospital,
has earned the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from Soroptimist International
of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach. Dymtrow received the award during the organization’s
annual Women of Distinction Breakfast this month.
soroptimist in Latin means “best for women.” To that end, Soroptimist
International is a volunteer organization in which women work to improve
the lives of other women and girls in local communities and throughout
the world. The organization’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award
honors a soroptimist who demonstrates a longstanding commitment to volunteer service.
Dymtrow has served at Boca Regional since 1994, but she has been an active
volunteer in the community since 1989, beginning as a Eucharistic minister
and a CCD teacher at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and School —
where she still volunteers today. In addition to the church, Dymtrow’s
service includes work with Hospice by the Sea, George Snow Scholarship
Fund, Spirit of Giving Network, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers
and Boca Helping Hands.
“Jan is the kind of person people love to be around, always offering
a smile and a kind and gentle demeanor to everyone with whom she comes
in contact,” said Lorraine Herdeen, from the non-profit American
Association of Caregiving Youth, before presenting Dymtrow with the award.
“We expect that her associates at Boca Raton Regional Hospital consider
themselves blessed to work with Jan, as does everyone who calls her a
friend — myself included.”
As Community Services Coordinator at Boca Regional, Dymtrow is a member
of the Hospital’s Foundation and is hands-on in developing, organizing
and implementing a variety of projects at the Hospital and within the
community. Some examples include the annual Family Health Carnival, which
provides free health screenings for the underserved; monthly education
and wellness programs at the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer
Institute; and her work with the League of Ribbons, an initiative created
in 2012 to provide a broad variety of patient-service enhancements to
those on the cancer journey, as well as their families, caregivers and
the community at large.
“Jan Dymtrow’s outreach to the community extends far beyond
her role at Boca Regional, and this award is permanent proof of that fact,”
said Jerry Fedele, President and CEO at Boca Regional. “She has
dedicated more than two decades of her life to improving the lives of
others, and she has no doubt made a positive and lasting impact on all
of the individuals she has assisted over the years.”
Further exemplifying her selfless and generous nature, Dymtrow remained
humble after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and stressed that
she was no more deserving of the honor than any one of her fellow, hard-working
“I am very fortunate to have received this award,” Dymtrow
said. “There are so many throughout the community who do so much
for others through their hours of volunteering and service, and I am honored
to serve as a representative for these ‘Women of Distinction.’”
In addition to Dymtrow receiving the award, Louise Morrell, MD, Medical
Director at Boca Regional’s Lynn Cancer Institute, was nominated
for a 2014 Women of Distinction Award. Women of Distinction have made
an outstanding commitment to community service, have demonstrated exceptional
leadership in their careers or as professional volunteers and have inspired
others to achieve what was once thought impossible, according to Soroptimist
International’s criteria for nominations.
About Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center (BRRH.com) with 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff.
The Hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease
and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health,
emergency medicine and the neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art
diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive
Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished
Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the 10th year in a row
and was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2011, 2012,
2013 and 2014, both by Healthgrades®. Boca Raton Regional Hospital
was also recognized for the third consecutive year in U.S. News &
World Report’s 2013–2014 Best Hospitals listing as a top-ranked
hospital in the South Florida metropolitan area.
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