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CKHS Social Worker Earns DNB First Loyalty to Service Award

Crozer-Keystone employee Elizabeth “Betsy” Deegan recently earned a DNB First Loyalty to Service Award. These annual awards honor outstanding professionals in the field of social work who exemplify the highest levels of professionalism, integrity and commitment.

Deegan is a social worker in the Department of Child and Family Services and currently working on the mental health treatment team at the County Alternative High School in Media, where she works with high school students with behavioral and learning problems. Deegan has been with the Crozer-Keystone Health System for 15 years, first serving as a crisis counselor at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and then transferring to Community Hospital in 2002 to work with elementary students. 

“Betsy exemplifies the commitment that a social worker has to her clients. She provides excellent service and good patient care on a consistent basis,” says Joseph Simpkins, director of Child and Family Services.

“It was a great honor to receive this award. The nomination came from Family Support Line in Delaware County, where I counsel sexually abused girls part-time,” Deegan says. “I have been overwhelmed by this whole process and the honor bestowed on me. My first supervisor and my mentor, Leah Greene, was able to join me for the recognition breakfast. This was special to me because she is someone who saw the potential in me before I saw it.” 

Deegan was happy to bring attention to the good work that is done through counseling and social services at Community Hospital. “Working with young people is very rewarding. You have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives and to help them along as they move toward adulthood,” she says.

Deegan received the award at an awards breakfast on April 29. This year’s awards were co-sponsored by Crozer-Keystone.

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