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2013 Marymount Hospital Community Service Award

Garfield Heights Family Resource Center Manager Ruth Pollack received the 2013 Marymount Hospital Community Service Award during a recognition ceremony Oct. 1.

“Ruth is a longtime Garfield Heights resident and well recognized advocate for the underserved, particularly children,” said Marymount Hospital President Joanne Zeroske.

“Ruth literally answers calls for help at the family resource center.”

She assists area residents with a variety of problems including drug addicts seeking rehabilitation; people needing financial assistance; adults and seniors who are scam victims; domestic violence victims; and youth from the court diversion program. She has facilitated the expansion of the food bank; creation of Heroin anonymous meetings; development of education programs for parents; and is working to establish a Boys and Girls Club for area youth.  

Ruth previously worked for the Garfield Heights City Schools helping students and their families through crisis intervention. She recently published a book, Everything I Need to Know I learned In a Dysfunctional Family, her personal story of growing through a painful childhood that included abuse, mistreatment and neglect. She sincerely hopes sharing her story will help others. Ruth has volunteered countless hours feeding and distributing items to the homeless population in Greater Cleveland; empowering women experiencing domestic violence; motivating and encouraging young people; and inspiring addicts to face their demons and challenges. In 2004, Ruth received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

“Those who know Ruth know she is the gold standard for service,” Zeroske said. “We in the Marymount community are so fortunate to count her among our ranks.”  

Ruth and her high school sweetheart, Gary, have been married for 35 years and they have three children and six grandchildren.


Ruth Pollack and guests at the
Community Service Award presentation ceremony.

Ruth Pollack with Joanne Zeroske.

From left, Marymount Hospital Community Outreach
Program Manager Lacey Zimmerman, Garfield Heights
Family Resource Center Manager Ruth Pollack and
Marymount Hospital President Joanne Zeroske.

2012 Marymount Hospital Community Service Award Presented to Mayor Vic Collova

Marymount Hospital presented its 2012 Community Service Award to Mayor Vic Collova during a luncheon ceremony Nov. 13 at Catered Elegance in Bedford.

Recognized as a passionate Garfield Heights leader, Mayor Collova has lived in the community for 61 years.

“He knows the people of Garfield Heights and is dedicated to serving his constituents,” said Marymount Hospital President Joanne Zeroske.

Since taking office in 2009, Mayor Collova has been instrumental in improving services and creating new programs for the residents of Garfield Heights. He has focused on the neighborhoods, attracting new business owners, as well as securing funds to repair roads and make infrastructure improvements and create community gardens.

In partnership with the Garfield Heights Municipal Court, Mayor Collova helped create the Juvenile Diversion Program and the Court Community Service Program which require offenders to work in the community beautifying and maintaining public grounds.

He also assisted with the development of the new Garfield Heights branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, which is under construction at the Civic Center complex.

He actively supports local recreation programs and sporting events. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus Garfield Heights Council 4130, St. Benedict School Committee and St. Monica’s Church.

“Mayor Vic Collova gives attention to the needs of all residents and is dedicated to maintaining programs for seniors, youth and entire families,” Zeroske said.

Other local individuals recognized this year by Marymount and South Pointe Hospitals were Dr. John and Patti Bertschler of Northcoast Conflict Solutions; Tverner Collier, of Concerned Citizens of Southeast Cleveland; and Dr. Paul Gasparro, president of Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus.