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2016 Spirit of Service Award


This month, Homecare Services hosted its semi-annual Coordinators Meeting at the River Rock Lodge outside of Pierre, SD. Homecare Services is a home health agency committed to providing expert advice and specialized care to those who want to remain living independently at home. The organization has several locations throughout South Dakota and into Minnesota. Twice a year, managers from each of the Agency’s branch locations convene with members of Homecare Services’ administrative team to discuss issues pertinent to in-home services and receive valuable training. At this meeting, Homecare Services announced that Paula Beisch, Assistant Coordinator of Services for the Northeast Branch, was the recipient of the Peggy Fritz Spirit of Service Award for 2016.

The Peggy Fritz Spirit of Service Award was created in honor of Peggy Fritz. Peggy began her career with Homecare Services as a caregiver on August 21, 2001; and was promoted to Coordinator of Services on February 26, 2002. During her time with Homecare, Peggy consistently demonstrated the depth of her commitment to her work, clients, and staff. Peggy never hesitated to put the needs of others ahead of her own. Her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty serves as both an example and an inspiration. Peggy’s attitude, enthusiasm, and love for her work were contagious.

In 2001, Peggy was diagnosed with cancer. Peggy’s uplifting attitude, unwavering commitment, contagious enthusiasm, and exemplary courage remained steadfast as she fought the battle of her life. In the face of personal hardship Peggy refused to give in, she courageously continued to carry out the mission of Homecare Services. The disease that took her life did not succeed in robbing her of her spirit. Peggy’s contributions to Homecare Services and the many lives she touched are a remaining legacy and the reason for instituting the Spirit of Service Award in her honor and memory.

Beisch has a level of compassion for people and commitment to caregiving that makes her a perfect recipient of this award. Steven Novotny, Agency Director of Homecare Services, stated “Beisch has such a wonderful passion for helping others. She has overcome many personal obstacles over the past year, yet she continues to put others first and persevere with a positive attitude. We are proud to present Paula with this very deserving award.”

Pictured left to right: Steven Novotny, Agency Director, Paula Beisch, award recipient, Darby Magnuson, Assistant Agency Director

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