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16th Annual Jerry Cline Employee Recognition Celebration

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Erie Outpatient Clinic physician Dr. Sean Su was honored as the Laura Wallerstein & Jerry Cline Distinguished Service Award winner at Stairways Behavioral Health’s employee recognition ceremony April 21 at the Bel-Aire Conference Center.

Employees and guests attended the breakfast to honor those having reached 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 40 years-of-service milestones in 2014, as well as the 2014 Employee of the Month recipients.  Stairways Executive Director Valerie Vicari (below, right) made the welcoming remarks to those in attendance.


Special congratulations go to Kim Stucke (below, middle), Stairways’ Chief Development Officer, for 40 years of distinguished service. Kim was presented with artwork created by local artist Stephanie Gwitt.dsfsdafasdfasdfsf

Also among special service anniversaries honored were Carlene Boykin with Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services and CROMISA, John Curtis from the Forensic Outpatient Clinic, Frankie Quinn from the Erie County Prison program, and Pamela Sagan from the Medical Information department, each for 25 years of dedicated service.

Su became the 24th recipient of the Distinguished Service Award since its inception in 1996. The award, named after Stairways founder Laura Wallerstein and the late Jerry Cline, a longtime human resources director, is bestowed upon the employee who best exemplifies the mission, vision and values of Stairways.

Su was nominated by 43 co-workers from the Erie Outpatient Clinic. Dr. Su’s nomination states:

During his time at Stairways, Dr. Su has been a critical part of the psychiatric team and a keystone in providing outpatient services. Most recently, Dr. Su has been serving as a full-time attending psychiatrist at the Erie Outpatient Clinic. His willingness to go above and beyond daily duties is only one example of his integrity and excellence in the field. Dr. Su’s leadership is commonly displayed as he is approached for advice, guidance, and direction by therapists, nurses, and psychiatry residents on a nearly daily basis. His diligence to serve those struggling with mental health issues is continuously displayed as he regularly sees individuals at a moment’s notice and during times that are reserved for him to do administrative work. His psychiatric treatment, evaluations, and recommendations have been integral in developing a thorough, holistic, and recovery oriented plan for the clients he works with. Dr. Su always displays a professional and courteous attitude toward others, earning the respect and gratitude of those for whom and with whom he serves. With never a negative thing to say, Dr. Su continues to be a role model and mentor for his coworkers by exhibiting respect, genuine care, and selfless service. Especially during recent times of transition, Dr. Su has been a beacon of optimism for change and continued growth, continually fostering a healthy and empowering environment for employees and consumers alike. He fully reinforces Stairways mission, vision, and core values of helping individuals with mental health needs work toward recovery and is more than deserving of this award.

Stairways was also honored to host founding volunteers Joan and Walter Harf, who provided a thoughtful invocation.  Also joining us were members of the Stairways Board of Directors, Board Chair, Dr. Kristine Nelson (left of Stucke), Attorney Dave Holland, Wayne Koble, Jim Renshaw, and Dr. Tony Snow

Pa. Governor Appoints Stairways CEO to Board

Thursday, June 21, 2012
William F. McCarthy, CEO and President of Stairways Behavioral Health, has been appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to the Board of Trustees of Warren State Hospital. McCarthy’s executive nomination was Senate confirmed by a vote of 47-0.

Warren State Hospital is one of six state mental health hospitals and serves 13 counties, including Erie, Crawford, Mercer and Warren.

In addition to maintaining acquaintance with the operations of the hospital, McCarthy will help to further the means and methods of improving relations and understanding between Warren State Hospital and the communities which it serves.

Specific areas of advisement may include Continuity of Care issues pertaining to housing, medication issues and community services, as well as budgetary constraints and challenges.

Stairways Center City Arts Receives Asset Grant from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Stairways Center City Arts was among 14 applicants – out of a total of 25 – to receive community asset grants from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA). The grants were announced Nov. 10 , 2011 during a ceremony at the ECGRA office.

The Center City Arts application resulted in an award of $11,052., which will be used for studio arts programming and equipment upgrades to help cover general operational/instructional expenses.


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