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”.
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!