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April Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award

Ron Urban is the winner of the April Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  He was nominated by Danielle Andrews, RN, Supervisor at Porter Hospice Residence and Andrea Helsel, LSW who had the following to say about why they nominated Ron.

From Dani:  Ron Urban has worked for Porter Hospice Residence for many years as housekeeping and maintenance. I could talk forever about all the ways he helps us at PHR, keeping us safe by shoveling and deicing, scraping windows, keeping our environment clean, repairing the inevitable things that go wrong with such a quiet and competent spirit and a kind smile every morning, but this is a caregiver award, so I’d like to describe how he cares for our patients. He cleans the rooms, respecting a patient’s need for quiet or a gentle, supportive, “normal” conversation, for instance, inquiries on their favorite colors. He gets to know the patients and is a welcome sight. Many patients might wake up to find a handcrafted butterfly in their favorite colors on their wall. After the patient leaves us, their family has a beautiful, individual reminder of their family member, and a butterfly that color will show up on our gazebo or in our trees. Ron’s humble gift is a reminder to us all that our patients are beautiful, different individuals that are with us physically for a short time, but their spirit remains in our hearts.

Danielle Andrews, RN
Porter House Residence       

From Andrea: I’ve worked with Ron over his past 3 years at Porter Hospice Residence. What surprises me about his role is he provides not only maintenance and expertise with our 18 room in-patient hospice facility, he also provides expertise in compassion and love. I don’t know of many maintenance men who come to work with the objective to not only repair and maintain a facility, but also outreach and support the patient’s, families, and staff. Ron does this in his own, quiet, unique way. If you weren’t paying attention, you might almost miss the signs that Ron has visited with someone. But inevitably, in conversation talking with families, if Ron has met them, he has left his mark. Ron’s humble and quiet countenance is a symbol and an example of the servant-like quality we wish to demonstrate to patients and families. Recently, Ron has taken on more leadership in his work area and been able to present issues that have come up within the team. Ron’s ability to be humble, love, and have compassion, sets him up to be a leader at our inpatient hospice. When Ron addresses things that are not going as they should, the staff listens. Ron’s dedication as well as his optimism and encouraging spirit, make him an integral part of our hospice team. Certainly, running a facility is vital, AND Ron Urban’s maintenance role goes far beyond that. With efficiency and grace he accomplishes emotional support and facility maintenance. He is a gift from God to our PHR team. Thank you Ron.                      

Andrea Helsel,LSW  
Porter Hospice & St. Anthony 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!






Join us for a Complimentary Lunch or Dinner and Learn about Preplanning

You are invited!  The Horan & McConaty Staff is speaking and answering questions about the important topic of advance funeral and/or cremation pre-planning.

Join us for lunch or dinner at any of the below locations. Come for the food and stay for Horan & McCoanty’s presentation on what you can do in advance. Planning in advance is the best way to ensure you “Leave Well.” It’s easier than you think and we can help you get started. Our staff is specially selected and trained to help you and your loved ones through planning a final farewell.

RSVP’s appreciated as space is limited.  Please call 303.743.8804 to register for the date and time that works best for you.

Monday, June 16
Thorton Maps/Directions
12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 17
Arvada  Maps/Directions
12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 18
South Denver Maps/Directions
12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 19
Centennial Maps/Directions
12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.




Start the Conversation with Kathleen Renner

Kathleen Renner is an Advanced Planning Advisor at Horan & McConaty’s SW Denver/Lakewood facility. She has been in the funeral profession for over 20 years and is able to use that extensive experience to assist families daily with their preplanning needs.

What does “Live Well” mean to you?  Spending time with family, going to estate sales and hiking.

What should people know about you?  I treat everyone I have the honor to assist like I would treat my own family.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty?They care about the families they serve.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? Horan and McConaty will go that extra step to help the family have the best experience possible.

Call Kathleen today to start the conversation.  She can be reached at 303-743-8804 or if you’d prefer you can email her at krenner@horancares.com.


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