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News Release Date : 03/10/2014

Living Legends Ball 2014 honoring Elaine Swartz, L.P.N.

St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital honors distinguished individuals through the Living Legends Ball. The annual event acknowledges those who have shown exemplary dedication, commitment and service to improving the health of the community.
Elaine Swartz, L.P.N. has been named the Living Legends Award recipient for 2014. She has served residents of Arenac County for over 40 years. Mrs. Swartz is the seventh recipient of the Living Legends Award.
In 1965, Mrs. Swartz received her nursing degree from Chambersburg Area Practical Nursing School in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Her first job was at Williamsport General Hospital, a 500 bed facility, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She was selected to be part of a pilot program in which five L.P.N.s were introduced into a new concept, team nursing, on a med-surg floor. The hospital was pleased with the work that was accomplished by the L.P.N.s and they began to hire L.P.N.s as part of their staff.
In 1967, Mrs. Swartz began her journey with Standish Community Hospital. At that time, she provided care to patients in almost every corner of the hospital, including Obstetrics, Emergency Room, Acute Care, and Critical Care. In later years she assisted patients and residents in both the Skilled Nursing Facility and Rural Health Clinic, as well as in area doctor’s offices. In 1993, Mrs. Swartz was recognized as one of the top 25 nurses in Michigan by the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. In 1994, she became the Associate Health Nurse and served in that capacity until 2008. Mrs. Swartz officially retired from St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital in 2013.
Mrs. Swartz and her husband, Olen, have four children (Olene, Jeff, Sheila, and Jason) and five granddaughters. In her spare time, Mrs. Swartz enjoys quilting, sewing, gardening and canning.
Elaine Swartz, L.P.N. will be presented with the Living Legend Award at the St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital Living Legends Ball on Saturday, April 5, 5:30pm, at Huron Breeze Golf Club, AuGres. All proceeds generated from the 2014 Living Legends Ball will fund a portable ultrasound machine for the Emergency Department.
For more information or to purchase a ticket to the Living Legends Ball 2014, please contact the SMMSH Community Relations Department at (989) 846-3446.
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