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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

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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!

Caregiver of the Month – Gretchen Norman

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Gretchen Norman from Porter Hospice/St. Anthony Hospice is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Gretchen was nominated by Joan Hummel from Porter Hospice & St. Anthony Hospice.

Gretchen Norman is the consummate hospice grief counselor and resource in the Denver community for people from all walks of life accessing bereavement support. I’ve known her for over seven years (or is eight?), have done grief groups with her and been side-by-side with Gretchen as she’s provided loving, compassionate and in-depth support to so many families of both St. Anthony and Porter Hospice.

It dawned on me today that in addition to Gretchen’s amazing clinical caregiving, she makes incredible linkages for so many people in so many settings. In the last week alone, Gretchen was on deck doing the following activities in addition to her grief work with hospice families: she advocated as a volunteer before a hospital foundation on behalf of a community organization that supports equine assisted therapy, participated in volunteer support for the Alzheimer’s Association which has benefited from her art therapy expertise over the years, served as an inspiration for self-care opportunities for a multi-disciplinary group of bereavement professionals in the community whom she helps organize education and networking support for, and outreached two different hospitals in the community at which she’ll be providing no-cost education about hospice for newly minted nurses starting their healthcare careers. None of these things are in Gretchen’s hospice job description, most of them are done on her own volunteer time, and all of them are a tremendous resource to the community at large for receiving quality professional support, complimentary therapies and hospice education.

Hospice asks its workers to sometimes wear multiple hats. I’ve known Gretchen to style the hats she wears in such a fashion that her work goes beyond the ordinary into the extraordinary. The majority of the clinical work she does, as it’s confidential and private in nature, goes unrecognized most of the time as her work requires her to touch upon the intimate suffering that grief brings about. Many people are not in a position to share their innermost therapeutic experiences with the outside world after they’ve experienced grief counseling. However, I get the benefit of having Gretchen’s clients in my grief groups from time to time. The way they speak of Gretchen’s insights, ability to help them with their problem solving and amazing connection to what really matters as they move forward in their healing is absolutely something I recognize firsthand. This is because, as my colleague, Gretchen has performed these very same roles for me on a personal support level, especially after my experience of several personal losses and life transitions over the last two years. I truly do not feel I would be the functioning professional in my work at the level I am able to be at if it weren’t for Gretchen’s continual support, loving grace and optimism about all that we can accomplish if we just take care of ourselves as we do this work. Gretchen Norman is an inspiration to me every single day, to our hospice families in every way, and to our larger caregiving community ongoing!

Joan Hummel, LCSW

Grief Counselor

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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Stevetta Rose

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Stevetta Rose from Suncrest Hospice is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Stevetta was nominated by Rosann Bryant and Jerry Mihlbachler.

This nomination comes from the family of Barbara Mihlbachler

Stevetta Rose had such a beautiful smile and a warm approach for our mom every day.  Often helping two people at a time during meals, she was so patient and willing to work with whatever mood, ability or needs presented from day to day.

She was just so sweet and tuned in and found a way every day to touch Mom’s heart and her inner soul while taking care of her physical self.

Nominated by Rosann Bryant and Jerry Mihlbachler

 

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 – Stephanie Bergslien

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Stephanie Bergslien is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Stephanie was nominated by Rosemary Sleevi from Halcyon Hospice.

I want to nominate Stephanie Bergslien for the Hospice Caregiver Award. Stephanie is one of our Care Coordinators on the Maroon Bells Team serving the northern region of our service area.

I started working with Stephanie from a distance when I became the BVT coordinator. One of the functions of the Care Coordinators is to follow up in the facilities they are assigned to when one of Halcyon’s patients dies in that facility. A plant or flower arrangement is delivered along with some goodies for the staff who cared for the patient and the other residents who live in that community. Grief Support is offered to staff, family members and friends at this time. It is part of the Bereavement Plan of Care. The Care Coordinators send me an email to notify me when that visit is completed so I can document the visit and follow up with grief support if requested.

Most of the emails I receive state ‘condolence visit completed; no concerns’. Or something like ‘condolence visit completed; please contact John Doe and set up support for patient’s roommate’. Or ‘Administrator requests support for residents and staff’. I have enclosed a sample of Stephanie’s emails below. Stephanie not only knows the staff at her facilities, she is intimately involved with our patients, their families, the staff caring for them and the other residents who live in these facilities. She is truly an ambassador for Halcyon going above and beyond her job description.

Peace and Blessings,

Rosemary Sleevi, 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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Karrie Filios

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Karrie Filios is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Karrie was nominated by Alice Duran from Agape Hospice.

Karrie Filios knows her job well, gets her job done, works well with the hundreds of families and friends who need her. She has the right words to say and always follows through with anything and everything she says and does. She is an amazing woman!

Karrie has so many qualities that would not fit on this nomination form. Writing this about her just makes me speechless due to not being able to find that one word that describes her. She is loved by everyone.

Alice Duran
Agape 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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