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Hawaii State Ombudsman Named Family Caregiver Trainer Volunteer of the Year

June 25, 2018

Family Caregiver Trainer Volunteer of the Year
John McDermott

This year, St. Francis Healthcare System introduced a new category of recognition: Family Caregiver Trainer Volunteer of the Year.

This inaugural honor went to John McDermott, Long-Term Care Ombudsman in the State of Hawaii’s Executive Office of Aging. Since June 2017, he has presented valuable information about the different types of care options available to seniors and the rights of residents in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. His St. Francis Healthcare System caregiving classes have consistently been popular with family members who are hungry for information. 

“Despite John’s busy schedule as the state’s ombudsman, he dedicates his valuable to help families,” said Maylynn Wong, Director of Caregiver Education Programs for St. Francis Healthcare System. 
Over a one-year period, John has touched the lives more than 120 participants, openly sharing his personal experiences about his own family members to underscore the importance of advocating for our loved ones. John, who  holds a master’s degree in divinity, served as Director of Social Services at two long term care facilities before being name ombudsman, so this adds another valuable dimension that he shares with families.”