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October Hospice Caregiver Award

“Rebecca McDonald is an especially caring social worker who is able to relate to all types of patients and families that she cares for. She is non-judgmental and makes sure the rest of the hospice team does not jump to conclusions about patients and family members. She treats everyone equally and tries to search for all resources that might help in a particular situation. She has a remarkable way of helping the patients and families while still empowering them to act on their own behalf. Rebecca has been especially challenged this month as she has covered 2 other social workers and oriented a new social worker. All of this has been done with a smile on her face and a willingness to help in any urgent situation when needed.

Rebecca has been part of a very difficult case with a young father dying of cancer, a pregnant wife who just recently delivered a new baby, and two year old twins. It is hard to even imagine the emotions in this family. Rebecca, being a new mom herself, has been able to empathize with and support the wife who has been feeling a bit neglected as all of the care seems to focus on her husband. Rebecca truly has it in her heart to provide the best hospice care for the patient and create the best memories for the family.”

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.

Compassionate Professional Michael Wellensiek

Michael Wellensiek is the Vice President/Director of Immediate Need Operations & Funeral Director at our SW Denver/Lakewood location. He received a BS from Wayne State College and an AS from Kansas City Kansas School of Mortuary Science. He has been in funeral service for 21 years.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and participation in our faith community.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? I strive to be a lifelong learner and make important differences in the lives of those around me.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? We strive to make a difference for those we serve and each other.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? We are genuine and we care.

Compassionate Professional Christine Sandoval

Christine Sandoval is the Office Manager at our South Metro location. She is a graduate the University of Northern Colorado, Community College of Denver, Emily Griffith Opportunity School, and Arapahoe Community College.  Christine is a Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner and has been in funeral service for four years.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? I recently became a new Mom and that tops the list, but in addition I live well by sleeping, shopping, traveling, reading and dancing.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? I have had to make funeral arrangements for practically my entire family. I have an intangible quality of being able to help people through one of the most trying times in their lives.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? We are family owned and we stand by it.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? If you want to be treated like family, this is where you should be.

 

Compassionate Professional James Moon

James Moon is the Location Manager and Funeral Director at our North Metro location. He graduated from the American University with a BA in Anthropology and from St. Petersburg College in Funeral Services.  Jim has been in funeral service for 18 years and is a licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer in the State of Florida, as well as holding Colorado’s voluntary certification of Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? I spend time with my family and travel.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? I care deeply for the families I serve and each day we are here to make a difference in their lives.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? We strive to exceed each family’s expectations, with dignity, care and compassion.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? It’s a way to care for your own family by bringing them to us and letting us help.

September Hospice Caregiver Award

Lori Preble, a Hospice Specialist at Gentiva Hospice, is the winner of the September Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Lori was nominated by Nate Gustafson, Chaplain at Gentiva Hospice, who described her with these words…

Lori Preble is a “Hospice Specialist” with our hospice organization. Her main role is to provide education about the end of life and the hospice benefit with local hospitals, physician groups and clinics across the Metro area. Last month Lori went out of her way to visit one of our patients, a 28 years old who, in a panic, revoked our hospice care and went to the local emergency room.

Once in the ER, Lori went to see him because he did not have any family close to him. The patient found out he had too many complications to overcome physically and was only expected to live 24-48 hours. The young man was afraid and alone and Lori stayed with him the whole day in the hospital. She found out that he loved hunting and had a favorite hunting magazine so she went to Wal-Mart and found his favorite hunting magazine and brought it to him in the hospital.

Lori did all of this out of her compassionate heart and deserves to be recognized for her selfless care.

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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