Jun 18, 2012
Greg Kovach, director of outreach services for the National MS Society’s Buckeye Chapter, was chosen as the 2012 recipient of the Caring More Award. The award is presented by Crossroads Hospice to honor a social worker in the community who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Greg has devoted his career to serving patients with multiple sclerosis and their caregivers. He has connected people with MS and their loved ones with a wide range of services including transportation, counseling, medical equipment and emergency financial assistance. He also serves on several of the Society’s committees, including the Government Relations and Clinical Advisory committees, to ensure the needs of all people with MS are met, from those who are newly diagnosed to those requiring long-term care.
“I’ve learned so much from the people we serve about the wide range of symptoms they experience,” Greg said. “The strength of the people we serve and their readiness to face any type of challenge has inspired my approach to social work.”
At a breakfast held in his honor, Greg received a $500 cash prize and $500 to present to his nonprofit of choice, the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National MS Society.
“Social workers are the unsung heroes we depend on every day. They go out of their way to connect the ill to resources, counsel their families and give them the special time and attention they need,” said Stacie Beck, executive director of Crossroads Hospice in Cleveland. “Greg exemplifies what it means to go the extra mile for his clients, their families, his colleagues and the community. We are delighted to honor him as the recipient of the Caring More award.”
Crossroads Hospice is committed to being at the forefront of the hospice care industry, to continually shape the way end-of-life care is viewed and administered. The mission of Crossroads Hospice is to provide highly unique, comprehensive and compassionate hospice services to persons experiencing a life-limiting illness and to their caregivers.
“Greg is the perfect person to advocate for people who have MS because he is extremely kind and compassionate as evidenced through his words and actions when working with those living with MS,” said Janet Kramer, Ohio Buckeye Chapter president. “He is dedicated to providing the people we serve with quality programs and services.