Two Phoebe Allentown Employees Receive LeadingAge PA Statewide Service Awards

Emmanuel “Manny” Njamfon and Sharon Bender of Phoebe Allentown (Pa.) received 2020 Distinguished Service Awards from LeadingAge PA. Phoebe Ministries photos.

Emmanuel “Manny” Njamfon, a licensed practical nurse at UCC-related Phoebe Allentown (Pa.), has received LeadingAge PA’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award for Caregiver of the Year for licensed caregivers, and Sharon Bender, a housekeeper at Phoebe Allentown, has received LeadingAge PA’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award for Staff Member of the Year.

The Distinguished Service Awards Program, established in 1973, encourages LeadingAge PA members to nominate individuals and organizations that enhance the field of aging services through their involvement, innovation, leadership, or advocacy, as well as personal and organizational generosity.

The licensed award recognizes Njamfon, a Phoebe Allentown employee for more than 25 years, as a licensed staff member who provides excellent clinical care to residents, while demonstrating leadership, and a commitment to the field of long-term care nursing.

Bender, a Phoebe Allentown employee for more 41 years, received her award for exhibiting excellence within her role and enhancing a member organization through exceptional service to staff, residents, and families.

CHHSM member Phoebe Ministries is a not-for-profit, multi-facility organization specializing in healthcare, housing, and support services for seniors. Founded in 1903 and affiliated with the United Church of Christ, Phoebe Ministries offers a full continuum of care to suit the diverse needs of senior adults. Located in seven Pennsylvania counties and serving thousands of seniors annually, Phoebe features four continuing care retirement communities, eight affordable housing facilities, home and community-based services and three pharmacies serving twelve counties.

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