Q&A WITH Judy Seibenick BSN, MOL

. May 1, 2017.
Profile-Mature-Living

A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Judy Seibenick worked as one of Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s three original nurses. Seibenick has seen the hospice center grow, from her start there in 1980 to her appointment as Executive Director in 2000 to today, a staff of five who cared for about 100 patients during its first year, to a staff of 350 employees and 250 volunteers who cared for more than 2,500 patients in 2016. Seibenick is an active member of the Downtown Toledo Rotary and serves on the board of the Employers’ Association. A recipient of a YWCA Milestone Award in 2009, in 2015 she also received the Touchstone Contributor award from the Press Club. Married to Kurt Seibenick and living in Old Orchard, they have two grown children and three granddaughters. Where do you call home? The beautiful neighborhood, Old Orchard in west Toledo. What was your first job? Lifeguard. What health or lifestyle tips do you support? Healthy eating and only eat when I am hungry. I also believe strongly in maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Your biggest self-indulgence? A monthly massage and my homemade apple pie. Favorite Book? September by Rosamunde Pilcher. I have always wanted to …? Travel the US in an RV and visit all of the national parks. What trait do you admire in others? Integrity, expertise and compassion. Something most people don’t know about you? I swam competitively in college. Words you live by? “Want what you have. Do what you can. Be who you are.” And, also, the poem attributed to Mother Teresa (actually by Kent M. Keith, below). Your proudest accomplishment? Being the Executive Director of Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Person you most respect? Dr. Sharon Erel, founding medical director at Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

BONUS FACTS:

At this time of year, my favorite thing to eat is: Homegrown fruits and vegetables. My theme song: Working in healthcare my theme song has to be “I will survive”. I own a ridiculous number of: pairs of black pants. I still can’t get the hang of: knitting.

“Do It Anyway” By Kent M. Keith (Often attributed to Mother Teresa)

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.

Trending

Go Digital!

Changing communications with COVID-19 You’ve texted (and occasionally even Face-timed) your friends, children and grandchildren countless times, and perhaps you have participated in an occasional Zoom event. But those modes of communication just don’t replace the face-to-face time and personal contacts that have been removed from our lives due to the pandemic.  But,  technology may

Autumn Adventures within Driving Distance

After a lazy summer soaking in the sun, gardening and afternoon swims, let’s look forward to the joys of changing seasons.  Approaching the time of pumpkin patches and chrysanthemums, cinnamon donuts and cider, changing leaves and crisp air — fall means a trip on the open road to witness the changes across the countryside. We

Mature Living Recipes

BEEF STROGANOFF As the temperatures start to fall, comfort food is what motivates me to my kitchen. Saucy, savory, belly-warming comfort food tastes so well, comforting., especially after a summer of fresh fruits and vegetables lightly and quickly grilled on the patio.   My first cold-weather dish this year was Beef Stroganoff.  It certainly did not

Lifelong Learning: Great places to learn more about your favorite subjects

The desire to learn never really goes away, no matter how old you are. Whether learning and training in a new skill or simply finding out more about a new topic, human curiosity endures. Older adults have a plethora of ways to satisfy that urge— both at home and in the classroom. With a rise