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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.

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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!

Caregiver of the Month – Corinne Strat

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Corinne Strat is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Corinne was nominated by Jeff Jenkins from Agape Hospice.

Corinne Strat exhibits a compassionate heart and is dedicated to the care of all her patients. She is a leader among Agape’s chaplains and a veteran in her field.

Corinne recently did an amazing job caring for the family of a patient who completed suicide, which affected her, of course, on a deeply personal level.

Jeff Jenkins
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!

Caregiver of the Month – Cathy Broida

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Cathy Broida is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Cathy was nominated by Jackie Hibbard from Halcyon Hospice.

Cathy Broida is an RN with Halcyon. She recently assisted one of our patients to apply to participate in the Honor Flight from Colorado to Washington DC. He was accepted and she accompanied him on the journey on September 13-14. This patient and his son, who also went along, had an amazing experience visiting the sites in Washington. The patient felt honored and never thought he’d experience anything like this in his life. Cathy went over and above her normal nursing duties to honor this man’s service to our country. She has a passion for working with veteran’s and does all she can to thank each one for their service and commitment to the United States. As Cathy shared her weekend experience with the team she was in tears describing the experience that she, the patient and the son had. She is a shining example of what it means to be a servant leader who goes beyond the job description to meet the patient’s needs. Cathy is also putting together an education session for the rest of our staff about the Honor Flight and how to help other veteran’s apply for this amazing experience.

Jackie Hibbard, MDiv

Team Lead

Maroon Bells Team

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.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Felicia Kile

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

Felicia Kile is volunteer “extraordinaire.” She picks up food from the food bank and stocks the pantry! She is also a very dedicated visitor to a sweet woman with dementia; visits twice a week, faithfully, reports to the team, and treats this lady like her own family member. She is very kind and considerate.

This lady speaks very little, but Felicia is able to get her to talk and enjoy music and other activities. Felicia has vastly improved her quality of life.

We love you Felicia!!

Sincerely,

Desiree Lurie, LCSW
Social Worker
Southeast Neighborhood
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.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Karen Johnson

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Karen Johnson is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Karen was nominated by Kendra Swanson from Suncrest Hospice.

Karen Johnson is such an amazing asset to the Suncrest Hospice team. Not only is she a Social Worker she is also the supervisor of all of the Suncrest CNA’s in Colorado. She’s the one that finds all this awesome talent. I have never had a boss that took so much time from her busy schedule to actually listen to our patients and family needs. She goes that extra step to make everyone happy including the CNA staff. She really cares about each and everyone of us. She always is there whenever I have any questions or when I need help. I am so blessed to be working for this company thanks to Karen. I have found my passion in life. Everyone also says, ‘It takes a special person to do your job.” Which is what Karen is a very special person to our hospice team. Thank you Karen for all your hard work. I look forward to working with you for years to come!!! 

- Kendra Swanson, Sunset 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!

 

Caregiver of the Month – Paul Roper

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Chaplain Paul Roper is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. Paul was nominated by Sherryn Duran, LCSW at St. Anthony/Porter Hospice.

On his birthday, Paul Roper deferred celebrating with his family to read scripture and pray with the family of a dying woman despite not being on call that night.

Paul is always quick to help in an emergency, to take on a shift for an ill coworker or even one who he thinks just needs some downtime- despite the fact that he not only works on call for hospice, he also takes call for the Centura hospitals and The Butterfly Program.

When I was recovering from a serious illness, while the whole office put together food for my recovery, Paul was the one to bring it 19 miles out of his way and also made sure I had a fleece blanket and pillow to recover with.

Sherryn Duran, LCSW – St. Anthony/Porter 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!

 

February Caregiver of the Month

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Denise Shannon, RN, BSN, NHA, Administrator, CovenantCare at Home: Home Health & Hospice, is the winner of the February Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. Denise was nominated by Sally Carey.

Denise Shannon exemplifies the best of hospice care through her 20+ years of enduring commitment to excellence of care, ethics, leadership and heartfelt compassion for all. Denise has been a nurse, a clinical director, a manager of: hospice teams providing home care and teams working in skilled nursing facilities, an acute care, in-patient hospice facility; has served as a skilled nursing facility administrator, a corporate compliance officer and is currently an administrator of a non-profit Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty organization.

Denise has the breadth and depth of skills and knowledge to develop new hospice programs entirely from scratch & manuals of Conditions of Participation. She has also been called upon to salvage struggling programs. With deft leadership, she inspires and invigorates the staff while honing the core processes to allow them to meet and exceed all standards achieving new levels of success.

Denise has sustained a strong commitment to professionalism and the development of hospice personnel as evidenced by her many years of leadership of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association of CO, The Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum – CHEF – and as a board member of Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care – COCHPC – now the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of the Rockies. She has strategically invested a great amount of her time in those organizations toward conference planning and continuing education to help develop and elevate the practice of hospice care for everyone in the region. Her gifts of seeing the strengths of any person, program or situation and fostering the best practices and personal standards inspire leadership within each and every staff member. She has been a mentor to many nurses, doctors, CNAs, social workers, volunteers and volunteer coordinators, personal caregivers, facility staff and others.

Denise sets an example for all in leading by actively considering what is the right thing to do for the patient and family, the staff and any relationship involved, including regulatory ones, and then doing it in as loving a way as possible. Her generous laughter is a clarion call to all who hear her to take heart, do your best, live lightly and care deeply. Her competence is only out-sized by her heart.

Sally Carey
Volunteer & Bereavement Coordinator
Hospice of CovenantCare

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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