Mary And Roses

Striving for Excellence at Maryville

Welcome to Take 5 – a Spirit Magazine feature that asks five questions to people about their connection to the theme of the magazine.

The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus has a history of striving for excellence. For example, the Sisters opened Maryville in 1963 with a mission to serve with love. They understood that ministering to the sick and incapacitated would require love, attention, affection, and patience. They saw this as an opportunity to follow Christ’s model to serve cheerfully, willingly, kindly, and helpfully at all times.

Now, almost 60 years later, Maryville nurses and caregivers continue to provide a peaceful, caring and loving home for their residents.

For this edition of Take 5, we ask a Maryville certified nurse assistant and a caregiver what striving for excellence means to them.

Ma Lorpetti Christine Tagatac “Pretti”

Tagatac Prettie Scaled
  1. Give us the basics. What do you do at Maryville and how long have you been in that role?

I am a lead caregiver at Maryville and have been in that role for almost two years.

  1. What does Strive for Excellence mean to you?

Strive for excellence is doing something as well as you possibly can and paying attention to details for our residents.

I believe that doing all I can to help those in need is the best way for me to find my best achievement.

  1. What is the most excellent thing about working at Maryville?

The most excellent thing about working at Maryville, especially in the memory care unit, is that the residents become your family. The relationships you get to build with them are so special.

  1. How would you describe Maryville to a friend?

Maryville is home. You spend time with family, friends, and relatives. You get to show how much you care for the residents and you see the appreciation from their family and friends. The relationships are truly special and you experience that every day. It is a comfortable and peaceful place for your loved ones.

  1. Share a favorite story or personal moment from your time at Maryville.

My favorite moment in Maryville Memory Care is when residents start waking up in the morning. They open their eyes for another day and many of them thank the Lord that they are starting the day with me by their side. I love being the first person to greet them for the day. That time spent by their side, answering their questions and preparing them for a new day is special to me.

Kyu Marie Park

Kyu Maria Pose Scaled
  1. Give us the basics. What do you do at Maryville and how long have you been in that role?

I am a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Maryville and have worked here for nearly 10 years.

  1. What does Strive for Excellence mean to you?

To strive for excellence means doing all you can to make our residents comfortable, safe and happy.

  1. What is the most excellent thing about working at Maryville?

The best thing about working here is that everyone is very caring and nice. The residents are happy and the staff is friendly. We all work together to make Maryville an inviting place to live and work.

  1. How would you describe Maryville to a friend?

Maryville is a magical place where vulnerable adults find the peace and care they need each day to live their lives happily.

  1. Share a favorite story or personal moment from your time at Maryville.

A special moment for me is being there for someone’s last moment – to help them be comfortable and peaceful through those final moments of this life. It always pulls at my heart and makes me proud to be a CNA.

Thanks be to God!

Cordelia Agum

Cordelia Agum
  1. Give us the basics. What do you do at Maryville and how long have you been in that role?

I am the Director of Nursing here at Maryville. I started in September of 2021.

  1. What does Strive for Excellence mean to you?

To strive for excellence is to pursue a balance of high performance and quality health care for our residents.

I believe this is best accomplished with a focus on innovation, leadership, and compassion.

  1. What is the most excellent thing about working at Maryville?

I really appreciate Maryville’s commitment to investing in our staff. The environment here is set up for us to thrive. Some good examplies of this are the sponsorship programs that are available for CNAs and Medication Aides.

  1. How would you describe Maryville to a friend?

Maryville is a fun-loving organization. We work hard, we take care of each other and we create a peaceful atmosphere for our residents to live comfortably.

  1. Share a favorite story or personal moment from your time at Maryville.

The Morning Prayer is always a special moment of the day for me. It is a humble way for me to make sure God is in charge for the rest of the day. 

These are just a few excellent examples of what it means to work in Maryville’s peaceful, compassionate, and caring environment. As you can see, the Sisters’ mission for Maryville – to Serve with Love – remains evident in today’s staff 60 years later.  

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