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Caregiver of the Month – Kathy Nelson

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Kathy Nelson is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. She was nominated by Sally Carey.

I’m honored to nominate Kathy Nelson for the Hospice Caregiver Award. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kathy for the past 4+ years. In that time, Kathy has revealed an impressive depth of knowledge of caring for elders, especially those under hospice care. She has supported not only individual patients and family members with their unique needs and concerns, but also is attuned to the needs of staff members, whether they be team members, volunteers or staff in care facilities.

Kathy’s extensive hospice experience began at St. John’s Hospice in 1999 where she began many close collegial relationships that continue to this day. In 2009, she moved into a team management position at The Denver Hospice, where her people skills where honed to include supervision, active management & support along with meeting organizational needs & goals. As TDH looked to restructuring their management model, Kathy found an opportunity to serve closer to home both physically & spiritually. In 2013 she joined Hospice of CovenantCare, another non-profit and a faith-based hospice where she continues to serve.

As I have worked with her, and in the past 15 months shared an office with her, I have come to witness the quality of relationships she has forged which speaks to her ability to connect with and care for so many. She keep in touch. She reaches out. She advocates for patients, staff members and facility staff. Her natural and seemingly boundless empathy inspires those around her to look beyond the obvious to understand the feelings and motivations of those who may be harder to know or accept. Her capacity to be mindful of the struggles of others humbles and encourages me to suspend judgment and offer grace.

Kathy has shown herself to be a natural and understated leader, gracefully adapting to the changing needs of the staff and organization she works within. She attends to the details of facilitating teamwork, including tech support, and fosters developing leadership. She takes on special projects and conducts home health social work visits as the organization needs. Kathy is the Swiss-army-knife for our team, gracious and self-effacing, always working for the good of all.

Sally Carey

 

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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Heather Neubauer

HMC-0759-FB-Caregiver-neubauer-SmHeather Neubauer is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. She was nominated by Meg Paraspolo.

I would like to nominate one of our CNAs for the Caregiver of the Month Award. Heather Neubauer provides amazing and compassionate care for all of her patients, but I am nominating her for this award after hearing about how she went above and beyond with a recent patient.

Months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting one of our patients upon admission, a woman in her late 50’s who was battling breast cancer and coming to the end of her journey. When August 21, 2017 arrived, Heather was there with our patient getting her tired body ready for a special trip. Heather went above and beyond that day, helping a bedbound woman with a love of astronomy to get into a wheelchair and safely up to the roof to experience and enjoy the total solar eclipse that occurred that day. I heard this story told by the nurse on this case, and it immediately brought tears to my eyes. Heather gave such an incredibly special gift to this woman, and I am so thankful to know that Heather is a part of the hospice team.

Meg Paraspolo

 
 

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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Chaplain Winn Allison

 

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Chaplain Winn Allison is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. He was nominated by the Lutheran Hospice Team.

Dean, a hospice patient who had served in the military during the Korean War had only one dying wish; to be buried in his Marine dress uniform.  Through the years of multiple moves, the uniform had been lost.  The cost of a new one was prohibitive for a family already struggling with the expenses of serious illness.  Chaplain Winn Allison reached out to retire vets who were able to purchase a brand new US Marine Corp dress uniform, complete with hat, belt, gloves, brass buttons and medals.  During this process Dean’s military record was researched and it was discovered that he had earned two additional medals.  These were quickly procured.  Dean’s last wish was carried out, and it was better than he had imagined.  His family will forever cherish the love and commitment strangers had for one person.

Winn attends monthly gatherings for the development of best practice chaplaincy, quarterly sessions for professional development and annual conferences which focus on mental health, personal spiritual and self-care, leadership and best practice chaplaincy. He reads widely in the area of pastoral and spiritual care, chaplaincy, mental health, addiction, suicide, PTSD and family dynamics. He also takes advantage of monthly webinars made available for LMC chaplains.

Winn focuses on the care team as passionately as he does his patients and their families. His “door always open, never too busy for you” attitude invites the team members in for listening, support and validation. This allows them to replenish their own souls so that they can again and again, provide the expert and genuinely compassionate care they came here to do.

 Our hospice would not be the same without Winn.

 Submitted by the entire Lutheran Hospice Team

 

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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Kristi Knight

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Kristi Knight is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Sharon Wharton.

It is my pleasure to nominate Kristi Knight for the Hospice Caregiver Award. I have worked with Kristi for over a year, and she continues to inspire me with her kindness, generosity, and strength in leadership. But of all the wonderful things I could say about her, what really stands out is the way she makes you feel when you’re the lucky recipient of her attention and care. Even when things are hectic at work, when you come to her with a need, she gives you her full presence and you feel important, valued, and cherished.

She continually responds to the changes within our organization with grace and humor, but most of all with a team-based perspective. Each member of our team knows that Kristi will listen and respond to their needs, and act on their behalf if needed. Knowing she’s there for us means we have the confidence to act on our values in our work. When we are empowered to be our best selves, our patients and families are better cared for. Kristi’s dedication to her work is truly inspiring, and I know I speak for many others when I say that she exemplifies the heart of Hospice care.

Thank you,

Sharon Wharton

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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Susie Vincent

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Susie Vincent is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. She was nominated by Jamie Weatherly.

Susie Vincent represents the epitome of what any hospice RN should strive to be. She is a devoted hospice nurse of 6 years, expanding her career from the bedside to teaching other nurses how to care for someone when they are at the bedside. She gives her time and energy unselfishly to help all around her understand and experience what hospice care is meant to be.

In addition to her work, her family, and her home life, Susie has taken the time to write her own book regarding her hospice experiences, her family dynamics in supporting and coping with their own loss and grieving process. From Hospital to Hospice: One Nurses Journey Towards Grace at the Bedside reflects just how much Susie supports and encourages others to understand the dying process.

Susie is a Caregiver of a Lifetime.

Sincerely,

Jamie Weatherly

 

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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Desiree Lurie

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Desiree Lurie is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. She was nominated by Felicia Kile, a volunteer from The Denver Hospice

It is my honor to nominate Desiree Lurie for The Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award. Desiree’s working title is “Social Worker” for The Denver Hospice but she is more like a “Guiding Light” full of WARMTH, HOPE and LOVE.

I am a volunteer who shares the care of a patient with her. For the last year I have not only observed, I have experienced her kindness, compassion and dedication. Desiree treats our patient and her family like they are her only priority, her only patient, while in reality Desiree continuously cares for 37+ patients along with their families at various stages of life.

Desiree began the Hospice Journey with our patient and her family approximately a year and a half ago. Our patient has dementia, is non-verbal and her family does not live in the area. Desiree is truly her “number 1” advocate, continually assessing and reassessing her situation as her needs change. Desiree gently helps with the small details as well as assists with her “Guiding Light” full of WARMTH, HOPE and LOVE through the more difficult decisions. Our patient lives with respect, dignity and grace because of Desiree. When there has been a problem Desiree’s persistence, character and heart shine like no other.

A quote from one of Desiree’s co-workers, “Desiree is the most professional social worker I work with. She doesn’t just put band aids on the problems, she talks to her patients and finds out what is needed to make their journey better.”

Desiree’s personal working responsibilities are vast but she is also an integral part of a team.

It has been my privilege to witness the team in action and to marvel at the many roles of Desiree Lurie. AKA: Social Worker AKA: Guiding Light

I have contacted Desiree many times over the last year concerning our patient. Regardless of my questions or concerns Desiree always takes prompt and appropriate action with the same level of urgency to rectify all issues.

Desiree continuously goes above and beyond for our patient making sure all of her needs are cared for while never losing sight of the larger specifics for her and her family.

Desiree exudes compassion, she is beyond kind, Desiree, is the consummate caregiver!

A Guiding Light full of WARMTH, HOPE and LOVE…

Felicia Kile

The Denver Hospice Volunteer

 

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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Lorraine Cecil

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Lorraine Cecil is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Shannon Kilrow from Hospice Care of the Rockies.

Lorraine Cecil has been a volunteer with Hospice Care of the Rockies since 2014. Lorraine demonstrates considerable and consistent commitment in terms of time, amount of responsibility and longevity. Lorraine has made an incredible impact on our hospice patients over the years, always willing to take on the more ‘difficult’ patients. Lorraine has a calming and peaceful presence and is able to easily share space and provide comforting presence to our patients, while also has the personality and willingness to engage with patients in conversation and life review. Lorraine goes above and beyond as a hospice volunteer. For example – Lorraine visited with a hospice patient in her home who was primarily bed bound and had not left her home in many years. Lorraine recognized boredom and need for stimulation for this particular patient and therefore took it upon herself to check out library books for the patient regularly, which they discuss during their visits.

Lorraine is also very crafty in knitting and sewing and shares these gifts selflessly with our patients. Whenever I have a volunteer request Lorraine is one of the first volunteers I turn to, as she is prompt, responsive, and always willing to go the extra mile for our patients. Lorraine has taken on multiple patients at a time with the intention to “ease stress, pain and fear of death”. Lorraine does this in a spectacular manner. Lorraine does not limit herself to direct patient care, she is also an excellent asset to events held by Hospice Care of the Rockies. Lorraine jumped at the opportunity to help with a Vow Renewal Ceremony at a local nursing home. Lorraine shared her skill of photography and photographed the many elderly couples who came to renew their vows on Valentines Day. in addition to this, she had no problem (in fact, was extremely helpful) in setting up and then cleaning up the event. Lorraine helped the event to run smoothly – and added a special element, taking photos for the couples.

Lorraine provides immense amounts of her own time to our patients, in 2015 and 2016 Lorraine provided the most volunteer hours to our volunteer program throughout both years. She is consistent about her visits and recognizes the importance of commitment to our patients. I cannot think of anyone more suited to receive extra special recognition for her unwavering commitment to hospice patients and their families.

Sincerely,

Shannon Kilrow

Hospice Care of the Rockies

 

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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Chaplain Rosalee Blake

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Chaplain Rosalee Blake is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. She was nominated by Laura Bodmer from Agape Hospice.

I nominate Rosalee Blake, Chaplain with Agape Hospice for the Caregiver Award. I have had such privilege in working with Rosalee as our team chaplain.

Often in this work we find ourselves going from one urgent need to another and this can cause great anxiety. Despite the hustle and bustle of maintaining high caseloads and high patient, family and facility needs, Rosalee always brings with her a calm and calming presence. She is able to sit with the patients and their families during high stress moments offering such compassion, warmth and empathy for their experiences. She truly honors where the patient is in his or her end of life journey.

On countless occasions I have been lucky enough to witness just how much support she brings to patients and their families even as they might feel their worlds are crashing down around them, Rosalee brings love and light to them and holds space for them to process their life, experiences, and losses. Each time Rosalee offers prayer for a patient, I have seen immediate relief. Rosalee’s ability to offer gentle, and patient focused prayer is really something special to be present for. I see the patient and/or families relax, and a look of calm sweeps over their faces, and their bodies. No other discipline is able to do this so remarkably. Rosalee, our chaplain offers such beautiful care to our patients and families at times of existential crisis, acceptance and peace.

Sincerely,

Laura Bodmer

Agape Social Worker

 

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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

 

Caregiver of the Month – Chaplain Tom Simbo

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Chaplain Tom Simbo is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. Tom was nominated by Julie King.

I am recognizing and honoring Chaplain Tom Simbo for his kindness and attentiveness during the time before my husband was in hospice, during hospice, on the day of his death and that evening. He also assisted my family and prepared a most beautiful eulogy, with sincerity and love.

He is a caring, loving and patient hospice caregiver… always there for me… always kind.

Sincerely,

Julie King

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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Mary Duah

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Mary Duah from The Denver Hospice is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Mary was nominated by Kristin Lyons from The Denver Hospice.

Mary Duah has worked with The Denver Hospice for 20+ years as a dedicated CNA. Mary’s bigger than life personality shines though as she consistently goes above and beyond to advocate for her patients. She leads by example with her excellent role model behaviors which were honored by her acceptance in the preceptor role. She brings humor and laughter in the most difficult of moments to buildup team morale and lift the sprits of our families. Her heart is hospice, through and through. She is a role model for all of us.

Kristin Lyons, RN, BSN

Clinical Manager- Southeast Team

The Denver 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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

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