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February Caregiver of the Month

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Denise Shannon, RN, BSN, NHA, Administrator, CovenantCare at Home: Home Health & Hospice, is the winner of the February Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. Denise was nominated by Sally Carey.

Denise Shannon exemplifies the best of hospice care through her 20+ years of enduring commitment to excellence of care, ethics, leadership and heartfelt compassion for all. Denise has been a nurse, a clinical director, a manager of: hospice teams providing home care and teams working in skilled nursing facilities, an acute care, in-patient hospice facility; has served as a skilled nursing facility administrator, a corporate compliance officer and is currently an administrator of a non-profit Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty organization.

Denise has the breadth and depth of skills and knowledge to develop new hospice programs entirely from scratch & manuals of Conditions of Participation. She has also been called upon to salvage struggling programs. With deft leadership, she inspires and invigorates the staff while honing the core processes to allow them to meet and exceed all standards achieving new levels of success.

Denise has sustained a strong commitment to professionalism and the development of hospice personnel as evidenced by her many years of leadership of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association of CO, The Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum – CHEF – and as a board member of Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care – COCHPC – now the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of the Rockies. She has strategically invested a great amount of her time in those organizations toward conference planning and continuing education to help develop and elevate the practice of hospice care for everyone in the region. Her gifts of seeing the strengths of any person, program or situation and fostering the best practices and personal standards inspire leadership within each and every staff member. She has been a mentor to many nurses, doctors, CNAs, social workers, volunteers and volunteer coordinators, personal caregivers, facility staff and others.

Denise sets an example for all in leading by actively considering what is the right thing to do for the patient and family, the staff and any relationship involved, including regulatory ones, and then doing it in as loving a way as possible. Her generous laughter is a clarion call to all who hear her to take heart, do your best, live lightly and care deeply. Her competence is only out-sized by her heart.

Sally Carey
Volunteer & Bereavement Coordinator
Hospice of CovenantCare

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

January Caregiver of the Month

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Mariam Coulibaly, CAN at Lutheran Hospice is the winner of the January Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty. Mariam was nominated by Nancy Harju.

I believe Mariam Coulibaly should be a candidate for the Hospice Caregiver Award.  She is so gentle, caring and such a special lady.  She makes sure my husband is well taken care of.  She is always on time and she takes her time with caring for my husband.  She explains to him all she does.  She thanks him for letting her take care of him.  She is a wonderful caregiver and she would represent all caregivers in an honorable, dedicated way.  She is a great asset to all hospice caregivers.

Sincerely,

Nancy HarJu

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

2015 Hospice Caregiver Award Winners

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We gathered all our 2015 monthly Hospice Caregiver Award winners, along with their friends and family members to celebrate twelve amazing caregivers in our community.    We shared dinner and the beautiful nominations each of them received last year. Congratulations again to all of our monthly award winners and to Theresa Conde, CNA at The Denver Hospice, the Hospice Caregiver of the Year for 2015.

 

2015 Caregiver of the Year

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Congratulations to Theresa Conde, our 2015 Hospice Caregiver of the Year Award winner.  Theresa Conde was awarded Caregiver of the month in June, nominated by Desiree Lurie.  “Theresa Conde is a wonderful CNA (and team member) at the Denver Hospice.  She has a very calm and gentle manner which inspires confidence in even the most particular patient,” said Desiree Lurie.  “I know families are always very happy to have Theresa care for their loved ones… old or young.”

Congratulations, Theresa, and thank you for all you do!

Meet Our Caregiver of the Month

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A team of Violetta Stoyanov’s co-workers at The Denver Hospice joined together to nominate her for the Horan and McConaty Caregiver award. Violetta is an RN with tireless and loving devotion to her patients, and is well deserving of this award.

We are… an Executive Director at a facility where Violetta  cares for many patients, President of The Denver Hospice, Director of Hospice Services, her Clinical Manager, a Social Worker at The Denver Hospice, a Chaplain at The Denver Hospice and a Liaison. Each of us describes Violetta from his or her own vantage point. Here are excerpts gleaned from each of the letters of nomination that will allow you to get an insider’s look at our beloved Violetta, winner of the December Caregiver of the Month award.

 

  • Violetta especially shines in her care of patients with dementia and patients in facilities; populations that are often the most difficult to care for …her dependability and consistency make her a perfect match for this underserved patient population.

 

  • We feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with a nurse of Violetta’s caliber. She always knows the right thing to do or say, whether it is a kind word, a hug, a touch or a smile.  She has a gift to calm upset and scared families by providing comfort and understanding in a manner only she can.

 

  • I often observe Violetta visit a patient in the morning and then return again in the afternoon to address another need or check on him again. Patients and families feel embraced by Violetta and trust her to care for them at this special time of their lives.

 

  • Violetta is a fierce advocate for her patients, ensuring that they get the best care, supplies and equipment. She checks in on most patients on a daily basis and works long hours to make sure they receive exceptional care and attention.

 

  • Violetta is neat as a pin, efficient, smart, savvy, unique and professional. She will go to the ends of the earth doing the job she loves for the people she loves.

 

  • And from our chaplain:

 

In closing, Violetta is so genuine in her care and support of these precious people who are dying and preparing to leave this earth. She is one of those people who is “anointed” to do the work she does. My prayer has always been, “Where can we find more Violettas?”

 

Thank you for honoring our nominee, Violetta Stoyanov.

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

 

Meet Our Caregiver of the Month

NovCaregiver2015Sherry Duran is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty. Sherry was nominated by a patient’s family member, Pedro Mondragon.

We want to thank Sherry Duran for always being there for us.  This woman is amazing.  All of her duties & responsibilities that she does endure.  She still has empathy and cares so much about our family.  She is smart and very aware of all concerns we have about our dad.  Her advice is so comforting and her help with everything is done ASAP. We all love her and her team has been so remarkable. She is a wonderful leader and a great person. We can count on her and she will problem solve and be there for us. We are grateful for having her for our dad.

We love her for everything and we are glad to have her.

Added note on back: This woman is so remarkable and is dedicated with integrity and honor and respect for us

Pedro Mondragon

Family Member

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Meet Our Caregiver of the Month

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Kevin Samelson of Brookdale Hospice is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty. Kevin was nominated by Susanne Young.

Dame Cicely Saunders stated “We do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” Kevin Samelson reminds us daily by not only being so caring, compassionate and competent but also by going that extra mile for each individual, all his patients experience Saunders vision. It is a privilege to have him on our team. I have booked him for my own departure.

Susanne Young

Brookdale Hospice

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Meet Our Caregiver of the Month

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Julie Juarez of Halcyon Hospice is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Julie was nominated by Jenn Davis.

I am the Team Lead for Julie Juarez and was recently visiting a patient’s home. The patient we were caring for has had several caregivers in and out of the home, as many were not “good fits” and it was difficult to match personalities and approaches for this family. During that visit, the patient’s mother looked at me in the eye and said, “You treat her right, she is a jewel”. I acknowledged that comment and then she adamantly stated, again, “No, I’m telling you, she is the best employee you could have”. I knew this about Julie, but this statement coming from a family member spoke volumes. I have been observing the types of cases that Julie is assigned to and the intensity of the clients she serves. She is consistently able to care for people who others have difficulty caring for. Through her selfless approach, she is able and willing to serve a population that needs her care the most. She defines professionalism while creating a warm, accepting environment for all of her patients and colleagues. Julie is the true definition of a Servant Leader, one who humbly walks with others, regardless of who they are, offering her presence and genuine care. I do not make nominations lightly, but not only have I recognized Julie’s care, in only three days four of Julie’s colleagues have complimented her willingness to serve. I feel, at my core, that Julie should be publicly recognized for the care she provides to not only our patients, but her colleagues and community. I am honored and humbled to work with her, as I know her colleagues are, too. As a nurse in one of the nursing homes Julie goes to says, “She’s a shining star”.

Jenn Davis
Halcyon Hospice

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

 

August Caregiver of the Month

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Debi Cannon is the winner of the August Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.

Debi was nominated by Lynn Fraser.

Debi Cannon cared for my mother every day for well over a year and became my (paralyzed) mom’s lifeline. Debi would assist my mother in every task including hygiene tasks. Mother was always treated with dignity and respect. Debi bathed my mother one hour before she passed. I believe to this day, my mom was waiting to see Debi one last time before she left us. Since my mom could not use her limbs, Debi would assist Mom in ways that I could never repay. My mother cherished her, and confided in her. Ms. Cannon was professional, reliable, hard working, and trustworthy. Although the nursing home where my mother resided was full of drama from the hired staff, Ms. Cannon remained mature and professional. What’s more impressive – she gained the respect of the nursing home staff and Physicians without joining in the drama. If you have an award for an outstanding caregiver then Debi Cannon absolutely deserves it. My mother died in January, (your Funeral Home handled Mother’s body and cremation). My mother was my best friend and losing her is devastating. But caregivers like Debi Cannon gave Mom a quality of life she would never have had otherwise in her final years. Please consider this very caring and dedicated hospice caregiver. She is priceless!

Sincerely,
Lynn Fraser
Arlington, TX

Thank you Debi for your commitment to those you serve!

Congratulations to our August winner Debi Cannon.

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

July Caregiver of the Month

HMC-0378-FB-Caregiver-JulyNancy Haas of Gentiva Hospice of Denver is the winner of the July Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Nancy was nominated by Nathan Gustafson, M.Div., SCC & Volunteer Services.

Nancy Haas has served with Gentiva hospice throughout the last year, first as an intern and over the last six months as a specialized Bereavement volunteer. When our Bereavement Coordinator went out on medical leave, Nancy stepped in and has dedicated 10 hours or more a week contacting our bereaved families, meeting with community members seeking support and ensuring that families receive the highest level of care. She serves with a smile and with laughter and has brightened our staff with her positive attitude. She doesn’t seek attention for her service, but has been a life saver for us in this time.

Sincerely,
Nathan Gustafson, M.Div., SCC & Volunteer Services
Gentiva Hospice of Denver

Thank you Nancy for your commitment to those you serve!

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

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