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June 14, 2012 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-06-14

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ANNOUNCING THE

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SFIENKMAN FELLOW

MICHAEL WALCH

THE JACK (Si. MIRIAM SHENKMAN
CAREGIVING FELLOWSHIP TEAM

The Jack & Miriam Shenkman Caregiving
Fellowship Team is a skill building program
to train and develop the best and the
brightest in end-of-life care. A Shenkman
Fellow is known as a leader in end-of-life
care, both locally and throughout the
nation.

Shenkman Fellows are top-notch
professionals who dedicate their careers to
end-of-life care for patients and their
loved ones. This distinction is promoted
as a badge of honor — an indication that
recipients have undergone the most
rigorous training and professional devel-
opment available, and that they are on the
cutting edge of their field. For ten years a
new designee will be chosen each year as a
Shenkman Fellow.

THE SHENKMAN FELLOW FOR 2012:
MICHAEL A. WALCH, LMSW

MIRIAM AND JACK SHENKMAN

MICHAEL A. WALCH, LMSW

OUR THANKS & APPRECIATION TO

JACK & MIRIAM SHENKMAN

FOR THEIR VISION AND GENEROSITY

IN CREATING THE JACK & MIRIAM

SHENKMAN CAREGIVING FELLOWSHIP

TEAM FOR

THE JEWISH H-OSPICE

CHAPLAINCY NETWORK.

THIS

MULTI-YEAR GIFT IS DEDICATED TO

PROVIDING CONTINUING EDUCATION

AND TRAINING FOR THE FINEST

HOSPICE CAREGIVERS TO HELP

ENSURE NO JEW IS EVER ALONE.

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Providing for the care and well-being of
our community is not Michael Walch's
second-nature, it's his first. After retiring
from the Southfield Police Department as
a deputy chief, Michael chose social work
as his second career. "As a homicide
detective during part of my law enforce-
ment career, I was with people at the most
critical moments of their lives." Michael
says. "As a hospice social worker, I again
have the opportunity to be a calming force
and provide individuals and their families
with essential support at a time when they
need it most."

During his transition into social work,
Michael served as a hospice volunteer, a
choice that led him to the Jewish Hospice
& Chaplaincy Network. In various roles
with JHCN since 2001, Michael has coun-
seled families on grief and loss; directed
JHCN's Shalom Providence program as a
liaison between the hospital and the
Jewish community; overseen the agency's
palliative care initiative; and currently
administers the agency's quality assurance
and compliance programs.

"I'm deeply committed to the mission of
hospice," Michael says. "I think everyone
should have access to the highest quality
of care and support to help them die with
dignity."

Michael Walch is utilizing his year as a
Shenkman Fellow to hone his professional
caregiving skills and use his clinical
experience and administrative background
to help JHCN complete a strategic plan
for its future.

Michael and his wife, Joyce Keller, live in
Waterford. They have dedicated their
personal lives and professional careers to
enhancing the quality of life for all in our
Jewish community. +

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CAREGIVING FELLOWSHIP TEAM

CARING
COALITIVN

The

JEWISH6- 410E
& CHAPLAINCY NETWORK "

Som.:,

2012

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