DANVILLE — A doctor and a volunteer who have made an impact on people’s lives at the Hawthorne Inn and in the community were recognized recently.
In a ceremony at Hawthorne, a representative of the Illinois Health Care Association honored Dr. Timothy Horner, medical director, with the Administrator’s Choice Award as Physician of the Year and Patricia “Pat” Cash as Volunteer of the Year.
Competition for the honor was stiff, as nominations were received from more than 500 facilities across Illinois. The facilities were allowed more than one nomination.
“They’ve truly affected so many lives — the residents, families, staff,” Jason Young, administrator of Liberty Village of Danville/Hawthorne, said of Horner and Cash.
“This community can’t say thank you enough — your dedication, time, energy, sacrifice. We are truly fortunate to call you part of this community.”
The fact that two residents were chosen speaks volumes about their impact, he said.
Ashley Caldwell, director of communications with IHCA, based in Springfield, said the awards have been given for the past 12 years, and it’s quite a competition. Winners are chosen on the care they provide and the work they do.
IHCA is a non-profit organization made up of more than 500 licensed and certified long-term care facilities and homes/programs for the developmentally disabled throughout the state.
Horner, who has a family practice with Christie Clinic, goes to Hawthorne once a week. He has been in family practice about 25 years; of that, he has been medical director at Hawthorne almost 14 years.
It’s truly an honor to receive the award, he said, but added that he couldn’t do anything without the staff members, who do all the work.
Horner said he originally wanted to open a practice with an emphasis on pediatrics. That didn’t work out, and now he finds himself working at the opposite end of the age spectrum.
“There is a great richness and fullness in the people who have had great experiences,” he said, adding that he’s interested in hearing their stories. “It’s a great blessing and a great opportunity for me.”
Accepting her award as Volunteer of the Year, Cash said, “I’m totally floored by all this. I love being around people and doing what I can.”
Cash, a native of Kentucky, dons a cowboy hat and boots, and sings for residents at the Hawthorne and other places. Her late husband, Ernie, who was from Tennessee, was a distant relative of singer Johnny Cash.
Besides singing country, she also branches out into big band, ‘50s-‘60s music and other musical styles. She’s been performing her act about 10 years, she said.
Being with people and performing her music helps her heal from the loss of her husband, daughter and parents, she said.
Amy Thompson, director of marketing for Liberty/Hawthorne, said, “Cash is a spitfire who spreads so much joy here and at nursing homes. She’s a very special lady.”
Thompson presented Cash with a microphone award and Horner with a personalized portfolio.
Also present was Don Fike, developer of Liberty Village facilities.