Please Support Us Nov. 27 Through #WeGiveCatholic

“Motorcycle Momma” Sister Dominica Fick rolls into the Marymount Place Halloween party.

On #GivingTuesday, November 27, you can help us to adhere to the core values of our mission to provide residents with the competent, compassionate care that fully allows them to Celebrate Life. Part of their Celebration of Life is to enjoy as many diverse and life-enriching experiences as possible. You can help to provide these activities, programs and services by giving to The Village at Marymount through #WeGiveCatholic. But don’t take our word for it. Let our residents and their families tell you themselves just what these wonderful excursions mean to them!

“I was able to enjoy Elvis during our Marymount Place 30th anniversary ‘cruise’ in our dining room. He brought so much joy and entertainment to us, and made the party a lot of fun. We all felt like kids again!” – Sister Dominica Fick

“We love to take trips on our new bus to the Hartville Market, the Rocksino, lunch at a local restaurant, sightseeing in downtown Cleveland to see the holiday lights, or to a Cleveland Indians game.” – Norma Murray and Eunice Crowell-Rodgers

Your gift of $350 will help us to take 10 residents on a day trip with lunch. For $600 we can plan an outing for 10 residents to enjoy an Indians game at Progressive Field.

You can donate to The Village at Marymount through #weGiveCatholic at:

We’re  A Five-Time NorthCoast 99 Top Workplace Winner!

The Village at Marymount is proud to be recognized by ERC as one of Northeast Ohio’s 99 best places to work. This year marks the fifth consecutive year The Village at Marymount has received the coveted NorthCoast 99 Award.

“This award is a testament to our staff and winning a fifth NorthCoast 99 Award validates their efforts live our Mission to provide an environment of compassion, competence and the celebration of life to all entrusted to our community of care,” said Sue Nall, RN, LNHA, Executive Director of The Village at Marymount.

NorthCoast 99 is in its 20th year of recognizing great places to work for top performing people that drive results, provide competitive advantages, and allow businesses to innovate and grow. Applicants are evaluated based on policies and practices related to the attraction and retention of top performers, as well as data collected from employee surveys.

“We’re extremely honored to recognize The Village at Marymount as one of our 2018 NorthCoast 99 winners,” said Kelly Keefe, President of ERC. “These organizations have earned the right to call themselves a great workplace by their dedication to attracting, supporting, retaining, and motivating their Top Performers. ERC developed the NorthCoast 99 program with the hopes of inspiring local leaders to promote the great workplace movement.”

NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program that honors 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. The program focuses on organizational practices and performance. The program is presented by ERC (, the area’s leading professional services organization dedicated to HR. Sponsors of the NorthCoast 99 program include: Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; CareerCurve; Cleveland Magazine; Corporate Screening; ERChealth; Gino’s Awards; iHeart Media; Mark Wayner Photography and Videography; Meyers, Roman, Friedburg, & Lewis; Oswald Companies; Staffing Solutions Enterprises; and Ultimate Software.

Three Honored As 2018 Wall of Distinction Inductees

Bishop Roger Gries presents the 2018 Wall of Distinction inductees from left, Jean Stokes (accepting on behalf of her late husband, Bill Stokes), Peggy Mathews and Joe Scaminace.

The spotlight was cast upon Joe Scaminace, Peggy Mathews, and posthumously, William E. Stokes, during The Village at Marymount’s second Wall of Distinction Mass of Thanksgiving and Induction ceremonies Oct. 11 in Villa St. Joseph’s Assisi Hall.

The event began with a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop Roger Gries, OSB, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the opening of Marymount Place and the contributions of the three inductees.

Jeff Myers, The Village at Marymount’s Chief Operating Officer, board members Carol Kenney and Bill Keckan, and Sister Mary Alice Jarosz, Director of Mission Integration

served on the Planning Committee to help select the honorees.

Myers introduced Peggy Mathews, who has served for 30 years as the only administrator of Marymount Place. She was recognized for her tireless service to help establish Marymount Place and ensure that each of the residents would come to love their home away from home.

“You are thanking me tonight, but truly I should be thanking you,” Mathews said upon accepting the award. “I am so blessed to have been able to enjoy what I do for the past 30 years. It’s you and the residents who make it possible for me to do so.”

Accepting on her late husband’s behalf, Jean Stokes acknowledged the compassion that he had for the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis and for the development and creation of Marymount Place. As Bill Keckan said in his introduction, Bill Stokes was not only in charge of the building of Marymount Place, but he also became totally involved in the lives of the residents.

Sister Mary Alice introduced Joe Scaminace, who has been a long-time supporter of The Village at Marymount. “I have known Joe for more than 30 years and have come to know a man of integrity and passion, a generous-to-a-fault man with a keen sense of humor and deep insights into our amazing and at the same time frail human natures.”

About 50 people attended the Mass and dinner, including the families of 2017’s inaugural class of Wall of Distinction honorees – former Marymount Hospital President Thomas J. Trudell, Sister Karen Shimko, and board member William K. McClung.




Plan Now For Move To Assisted Living Facility

Be sure to get all important documents together so you can have all questions answered about assisted living.

For many elderly couples who continue to live in their home, the thought of preparing for their lives together in an assisted living facility may not be an immediate concern. Despite gentle prodding from family and friends, who often suggest a couple not wait for a crisis to begin searching for their new home, most couples delay their efforts to do so.

Peggy Mathews, administrator at Marymount Place, located within The Village at Marymount in Garfield Heights, said careful planning and education are two key components needed to begin your search for an assisted living community. It is a good idea to plan ahead for such a move and not to wait for when an unexpected health crisis makes the move a necessity, she said.

“I recommend that older adults tour assisted living communities in their neighborhood before they make a decision,” Mathews said. “Most people want to keep their same churches, banks, and physicians, as well as live at the same social/economic level. Doing so makes the transition easier to manage.

Mathews offers the following suggestions for selecting the right assisted living community:

  • Tour the facility. Look for the right atmosphere, try the food, and attend an activity so that you get a true sense of the community. Be sure to look at your background — social level, nationality, religious affiliation, and personal needs that must be met. You must determine if the facility can fulfill these needs.
  • Assisted living is not for ill people or disabled people. It is for active, vital senior citizens who want to remain active without the worries and demands of home. The more independent you are the lower your monthly costs will be.
  • Consider a community that offers multiple levels of housing options to allow movement within the community when the need for a higher level of care arises.
  • Plan your finances. Research the housing market in your neighborhood. Today, with the slowing housing market, you may need to have advice on bridge loans or reverse mortgages. Review your income, Social Security, pension, and interest on investments. Look at your assets and current interest rates.
  • Educate yourself on government support for assisted living. Find out about Veterans Administration support for qualified individuals, as well as a surviving spouse. The Medicaid Waiver Program also is available in some communities. Government support has qualifiers and requires an application period and process.
  • If you have long-term care insurance it may also cover assisted living. Check your policies.
  • Update your Will. Consider a power of attorney for finances and health care.

“Moving out of your home is not a sign of a loss of independence,” Mathews said. “It is a smart decision to allow you the opportunity to enjoy your life free from worries and to continue an independent life style. Keep it simple and take it in steps. Planning is the key. If you do it ahead of time, you will be fine.”

Marymount Place offers a complimentary lunch and a tour of the facility. To schedule an appointment, call 216-332-1396.




Let Us Help You Treat TMJ, Headaches

A Q&A With Sarah Mathis

Sarah Mathis is The Village at Marymount’s Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation. Sarah is one of the few physical therapists in Northeast Ohio who is skilled in manual therapy and specializes in the treatment of headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders; cervical dysfunctions; and lumbo-sacral dysfunctions. You can contact her at (216) 332-1787 or via email:

Q: What is TMJ and how does someone recognize the symptoms of this disorder?

Sarah: TMJ disorders occur because of problems with the jaw, jaw joint (or TMJ) and surrounding facial muscles. Those with TMJ may experience pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck, and shoulders. They may also have a limited ability to fully open their mouth, may hear a clicking or popping sound in the jaw joint and/or may have difficulty chewing.

Q: What causes TMJ?

Sarah: The cause is not clear, but dentists believe that symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. Some possible causes include:

  • Grinding or clenching the teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the TMJ
  • Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket
  • Presence of osteoarthritis in the TMJ
  • Stress, which can cause a person to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth

Q: What type of TMJ treatment options do you provide on an outpatient basis at The Village at Marymount?

Sarah: We perform a comprehensive evaluation of your TMJ, neck, thoracic spine, and shoulder area to determine the structures causing TMJ symptoms. Based on our findings, we will implement a plan to treat your underlying bio-mechanical problems. Not all physical therapists are experienced in treating TMJ, so you need to search for the right practitioner. Start with your dentist, orthodontist, or oral surgeon — they can refer you to our outpatient therapy program at The Village at Marymount. When you have your appointment, don’t be surprised if your physical therapist puts on exam gloves and feels your jaw muscles and joints from inside your mouth — that is often part of a thorough TMJ evaluation.

Q: Are your therapy services covered by insurance?

Sarah: As with other forms of physical, our program is usually covered through the patient’s medical insurance, helping to ease the financial burden they may face should they opt for out-of-pocket treatment from a dental specialist.