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Published on May 01, 2011

Barbary Looby Chosen as ‘Loyalty to Service’ Award Honoree By DNB First

Springfield, Pa. – Crozer-Keystone Health System congratulates Barbara Alexis Looby, M.S.W.A.C, LSW, administrative director of Senior Health Services, who was chosen as a recipient of the 2011 DNB First Loyalty to Service Award. Looby was presented with her award at a breakfast held in her and the other awardees’ honor on April 20.

Before taking on her current position, Looby spent 29 years in the social work field. Her experience includes a position as a social worker in the Trauma Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland. As a member of the Trauma team, Looby developed the anti-violence program CARAVN (Counter Act Random Acts of Violence Now) that addresses the issue of youth violence in surrounding communities. In 2000, Looby took on the role of director of the Social Work Department at Crozer and Springfield Hospital.

In 2002, she transitioned into her current role as administrative director of Senior Health Services for Crozer-Keystone Health System, where she works to develop and implement an array of programs for seniors. “My greatest accomplishment to-date is having the ability to develop geriatric services for the health system that make a difference in the lives of older adults and are valued by patients and families,” Looby says. A part of the Crozer-Keystone Senior Health Services Department from its inception, Looby helped implement programs such as the CHECK (Caring for Hospitalized Elders at Crozer-Keystone) initiative and the Senior Support Line (1-800-CKHS-KEY).

CHECK was designed to improve hospital care of the elderly by addressing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. The Senior Support Line (SSL) is a toll-free resource for older adults, their caregivers and family members. Staffed by a clinician, the SSL helps to connect callers to local and national resources. One of Looby’s more recent accomplishments, of which she was instrumental, is the development and launch of the Crozer-Keystone Village, a service designed to coordinate access to health and daily living services for the 50+ and disabled populations.

Looby was nominated for the DNB award in recognition of her work with the elderly, for creating the anti-violence program, and her commitment to her leadership role as a social worker. “Every day, I have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life – whether it is my staff or a patient,” Looby says. She was selected for the Loyalty to Service Award from among a total of 50 nominees. “I am honored, as this speaks volumes for DNB First as well as Crozer-Keystone to recognize the value of social work and its impact on our community,” she says.

 “Words truly cannot express how proud I am of Barbara,” says Diane Miller, vice president of Senior Health Services for CKHS. “I have worked with her for many years, and have seen the tremendous amount of good work that she and her department do every day. Barbara is well-respected as a leader in the community. and is a tireless advocate for the geriatric population. This award exemplifies her ability to apply her skills as a social worker to help people of all ages; not just seniors, but their children and caregivers as well.”

The DNB First Loyalty to Service Awards program is in its sixth year. The program is designed to recognize outstanding individuals who have demonstrated high levels of professionalism, integrity, and commitment in the field of Social Work. Initially, the program sought out extraordinary people in the field of Social Service in Chester County. Last year, they expanded their awards program to include Delaware County. In addition to Looby, Louis Colbert, director of the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA), and Anne Shenberger, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates/Youth Advocates Inc., were recognized. Colbert received the Loyalty to Service Award and Shenberger received the 2011 Robert J. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award. Established in 1860, DNB First is the oldest national bank in the Philadelphia region.

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