Willow Brook Honors Three Walking the Second Mile
Delaware— Three Delaware County residents have been named recipients of the highest honor Willow Brook Christian Communities conveys on its staff. It goes to an individual who, when asked to walk a mile for someone, goes a second mile in service.
John Regalsky, the events coordinator and dining room supervisor for Willow Brook at Delaware Run, received the award for that location because as one nominator said, “He is friendly to all who dine here, pulls chairs out to seat people in need, . . . gives personal attention, knows who we are, and remembers each one’s special request.” Another said “He is one of the nicest people I know. He truly goes the second mile, not only in the dining room, but for meetings and activities.”
Regalsky’s philosophy, he says, is to “treat our guests in the restaurant the way you want to be treated . . . I’m honored, but I feel undeserving because my staff should get the credit. They do all the work.” Regalsky lives in Delaware with his wife Jenny and two children.
Kandy Cox, the award recipient for Willow Brook Christian Village, began her Willow Brook career as a care aide, serving long hours with love and compassion. Seeing how desperately her clients wish to remain independent and in their own homes or apartments even with advancing age and disability, she took charge of the companion services in addition to the housekeeping department and led by example. “She has rallied the staff,” says a nominator, “by actively providing direct services herself, working hard and with a great heart.” Her staff responded in kind and the program has grown many times over. Cox lives in Richwood.
Claudia Wells, RN, who is a nurse at Willow Brook Christian Home in Worthington, received top honors for that location. One person who nominated her said “When I think of a truly good nurse, I think of Claudia. She does the job right and sometimes goes above and beyond what she needs to do. She takes such good care of these residents, and that is so important.”
Another said “Claudia treats the residents as if they were family, always giving them the extra attention and love they deserve. She lives by our mission statement “providing care delivered with compassion and love.” Wells lives in Lewis Center.
The Second Mile Award is presented to one person on each of the three Willow Brook campuses at the organization’s annual Christmas dinner party. Residents of the communities, their families, and fellow staff members submit nominations, and the selection is made by a committee made up of former award recipients.
Willow Brook provides housing and services to older adults in central Ohio on three campuses, two of which are full-service retirement communities on the southern and western edges of Delaware.