Compassionate Care Award

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2023 Yoshiro Matsuo Compassionate Care Award

The 2023 and first annual Dr. Yoshiro Matsuo Compassionate Care Award was announced in December of this year. The first recipient is Lisa Schmitz, who received a cash prize of $500, recognition on a plaque at the Helios Care offices, and a trophy for her home. Lisa is a Home Health Aide for Helios Care and was selected from 14 nominations, that included people from all walks of life and from the three counties we represent. Congratulations to Lisa!

Dr. Yoshiro Matsuo was one of the original founders of Catskill Area Hospice 40 years ago. He served as the first Medical Director of Hospice on a volunteer basis for 25 years in addition to serving the Oneonta area as a respected physician for over 50 years. Helios Care (formerly Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care) established the Yoshiro Matsuo Compassionate Care Award in 2022 in recognition of Dr. Matsuo’s compassion, kindness, leadership, benevolence and selfless service to the community.

The award is available to any citizen who works to assist people in need in any capacity; consistently demonstrates the qualities exhibited by Dr. Matsuo; AND lives or works in Delaware, Schoharie or Otsego counties.

Nominations for 2023 are closed, when a new round opens we will announce it here and have downloadable forms available.