Willowick Resident Earns “Heart of Hospice Rose and Sam Stein Award”


Willowick resident Jennifer Stonebrook, Director of Access to Care for Hospice of the Western Reserve, has received LeadingAge Ohio’s 2021 Heart of Hospice Rose and Sam Stein Award. LeadingAge is a nonprofit trade association representing 400 long-term care organizations, hospices and related services statewide.

The award recognizes a person who has made “an extraordinary contribution to end-of-life care and developed innovative ways to improve teamwork and deliver exceptional hospice and palliative care services,” according to the organization’s website. It is named for former Ohio residents Rose and Sam Stein, early hospice advocates. The couple awarded a grant to the Ohio Hospice Organization (now LeadingAge Ohio) to support quality hospice care for Ohioans.

Stonebrook began her Hospice of the Western Reserve career more than 20 years ago. She has held many roles, but her primary focus has always been to provide a better understanding of hospice care in the community and find new and innovative ways to improve access.

“Jenny is passionate that the first call for help be treated compassionately and efficiently,” said Judy Bartel, Chief Clinical Officer, who nominated Stonebrook for the award. “Over the past two years, she has worked hand-in-hand with our leadership team to create a new state-of-the-art Care Solutions Center to streamline efficiency and improve our response time.”

The Heart of Hospice Award is not just about what you do. It’s about who you are,” added Bill Finn, President and CEO. “By nature, Jenny is an advocate for our patients and families. She’s a problem solver and a solution maker. She embodies everything we are trying to do. I’m sure these are exactly the qualities Rose and Sam Stein were envisioning.”

Bartel provided additional insight into Stonebrook’s character. “Along with her duties as an administrative leader, Jenny also volunteers regularly to sit vigil with patients whose families may need a moment’s rest or to sit by the bedside of patients who have no family,” she said. “She understands the meaning of providing a compassionate presence in the final hours of life.”  

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