Sharon Belkofer Recipient of 2019 Award of Distinction

This year’s honoree, Mrs. Sharon O’Keefe Belkofer, was recognized at the 2019 Award of Distinction Ceremony for her significant contributions to society.

Sharon is a 1960 Rossford High School graduate. After high school, she was accepted into the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing Diploma Program and graduated in 1963. Sharon received her Bachelor of Science Healthcare Administration degree from Heidelberg College in 1996, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Mrs. Belkofer began her nursing career in 1963 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio where she held the position of Staff RN (Charge Nurse) in the Emergency Department. From there, she transferred to Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio and took on the same role. In 1982, while still employed with Mercy St. Charles Hospital, Sharon was promoted to Supervisor of Emergency Services, and three years later, the Director of Emergency Services. She retired from the hospital in 2003.

Sharon is the Founder of the Level III Trauma Program and the Mobile Medic Ambulance/Ambulette Services (now Life Star Ambulance/Ambulette Services), which are affiliated with Mercy St. Charles Hospital.  In addition, she has served as the director for both programs.

She has spent many years volunteering her time at the United Way of Northwest Ohio and Mercy St. Charles Hospital serving on numerous teams and committees. She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church Ministry, the Life Star Ambulance Board of Directors, and has been a lifetime member of the East Toledo Family Center Board. She has also participated on the Lucas County Emergency Medical Services Committee, the Lucas County Ambulance Services Subcommittee, the Lake and Woodville Township EMS Boards, and the Toledo Emergency Department of Nurses Association. Sharon has served on the Rossford Board of Education since January 2016 and has been a member of several school district levy and bond issue committees.

Sharon has spent endless hours serving in leadership roles with the East Toledo Family Center, the Toledo Metropolitan Ambulance Association, the Toledo Area Emergency Department of Managers Association, the Ohio Jaycee Auxiliary 1978, the former Glenwood Elementary School PTO, and the Rossford Athletic Booster Club.

Mrs. Belkofer is the recipient of the ETFC 2003 Distinguished Citizen Award, the 2014 Outstanding Emergency Medicine Service Award, and the 2016 Ohio Progressive Hero Award. She was nominated for the 2003 OHA Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award. Sharon has met and spoken with President Barack Obama on seven (7) occasions and introduced him at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Sharon has been married to her husband, Don, for 56 years. She is the mother of three sons, all who served their country in the military. She is a Gold Star Mother (Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Belkofer lost his life while serving in Kabul Afghanistan on May 18, 2010), a grandmother of 10, and a great grandmother of 6 (including recent identical twin girls). Sharon has been a resident of the Rossford School District for 60 years and has been involved in an array of community activities, especially those involving services to children.

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