Employee Awards and Accolades

Stairways, BLOOM rock The Color Run

Monday, September 08, 2014


          From left, Lee Steadman, Director, BLOOM Collaborative, Dr. Meghan McCarthy, physician, and Jennifer Valerio, Stairways   fiscal manager, represented BLOOM by participating in Erie's first Color Run Aug. 9. 

Thousands of smiling runners caught yellow fever—as well as red, purple, pink and blue—at the Color Run in downtown Erie in early August, and BLOOM Collaborative, a program of Stairways Behavioral Health, was in the middle of all the shenanigans.

The Color Run, a nationally recognized paint race billed as the “happiest 5k on the planet” in which runners are showered with colored powder, attracted nearly 11,000 participants for its first race in Erie on Aug. 9. As one of five main sponsors, BLOOM operated the yellow “color zone,” where volunteers doused passing participants head to toe in yellow cornstarch while dusting the corner of West 10th and Cherry streets in a powdery coat in the process.

Upon the race’s conclusion at Perry Square, the color-coated runners continued the festivities by dancing to music and absorbing even more color sprayed out over the crowd. BLOOM helped add to the excitement by handing out more than 1,000 beach balls at its tent in Perry Square.

Volunteers for the event included employees and friends from BLOOM and Stairways, while three employees and a client also represented BLOOM as participants in the race.


Left: Volunteer color throwers were a vital part of the run's success.     Right: BLOOM Collaborative's tent located in Perry Square

June Employee of the Month: Steve Howell

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Steve Howell, a mental health professional in the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team, has been named June Employee of the Month after tending to a client whose health was compromised due to illness.

Howell became concerned after several attempts to contact a client proved unsuccessful and felt particularly alarmed based on previous instances of when this client became psychiatrically ill very suddenly.

Acting on a “gut concern,” Howell contacted the client’s landlord to allow him into his apartment where he found him in an unresponsive state. Howell then contacted emergency services and police to get the client to the hospital, as he was unwilling and unable to leave.

Once at the Emergency Room, medical staff determined the client was “severely dehydrated and could’ve died if he went much longer without medications and fluids.”

Kudos to Steve for the intuitive and compassionate concern he exhibited in this life-saving act.

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