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Our First Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award for 2014

Andrea Helsel is the winner of the January Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Andrea was nominated by Nancy and Mike Hallowell who submitted the following letter explaining why they nominated Julie.

Andrea Helsel may be small in stature, but the impact she has on the patients, family, staff and volunteers at Porter Hospice Residence is immense. Andrea has a tireless dedication to her work and an amazing capacity to meet the diverse needs of those she serves. In a typical day, Andrea will meet with families to discuss and coordinate hospice admission. She will listen to their concerns, patiently answering their questions and providing compassionate emotional support as families struggle through this difficult time. Once in the residence, Andrea continues to support the patients and families also helping staff and volunteers when there are issues such as family feuds and other dysfunctions that arise as individuals near the end of their life. Andrea has a truly gift to be fully present and to truly listen to those around her. Andrea also goes out of her way to coordinate special treats for patients. One of the patients, for instance, was a huge Broncos and Tim Tebow fan. Andrea arranged for him to attend a game and to meet his favorite quarterback. The patient was never happier and talked about that special day for several weeks. In another instance, one of the patients was an animal lover who hadn’t been able to go outside her home or the residence for several months. Thanks to Andrea’s efforts the patient and her son got to have “a jail break,” spending a very special day at the Denver Zoo. It is out honor to nominate Andrea for the Hospice Caregiver Award.

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!

 

2013 Caregiver Award Winners

On January 13, 2014, we gathered all our 2013 monthly Hospice Caregiver Award winners, along with their friends and family members to celebrate twelve amazing caregivers in our community.  We shared dinner and the beautiful nominations each of them received last year.  Leslie Abbott, from Agape Hospice, was named Hospice Caregiver of the Year for 2013 and will enjoy a weekend at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs!

Left to Right: Daren Forbes, Vice-President & COO, Horan & McConaty; Jennifer McBride, MA, FT, DM, Vice President, Horan & McConaty; Leslie Abbott, Agape Hospice, 2013 Hospice Caregiver of the Year and John Horan, President, Horan & McConaty.

If you know an outstanding hospice caregiver, please click here to nominate them today!

December Hospice Caregiver Award Recipient

Julie Reil is the winner of the December Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Julie was nominated by Ilene Chamberlin (family member) and Claude Krepps, Jr. (patient), who submitted the following letter explaining why they nominated Julie.

Julie Reil is simply the best!!

She is caring, intuitive, gentle and great at making conversation with my brother, drawing him out of “blue” moods and yet, always professional! Claude is almost a new man when he’s spent time with sunny Julie.

Thank heavens for the Julies of this world!

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!

 

 

November Hospice Caregiver

Kathy Hilliard, a CNA and RN at Porter House Residence, is the winner of the November Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Kathy was nominated by Danielle Andrews, RN, a supervisor at Porter House Residence, who described her with these words…

Kathy Hilliard has been both a CNA and an RN for the Porter Hospice Residence. Her quiet and gentle, knowledgeable care combined with her advocacy for patients, their families and her co-workers often goes unrecognized on a more global level. She is a good person to “ride the river with” as Louis Lamour would often say in his books. I am grateful for her!

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!

 

October Hospice Caregiver Award

“Rebecca McDonald is an especially caring social worker who is able to relate to all types of patients and families that she cares for. She is non-judgmental and makes sure the rest of the hospice team does not jump to conclusions about patients and family members. She treats everyone equally and tries to search for all resources that might help in a particular situation. She has a remarkable way of helping the patients and families while still empowering them to act on their own behalf. Rebecca has been especially challenged this month as she has covered 2 other social workers and oriented a new social worker. All of this has been done with a smile on her face and a willingness to help in any urgent situation when needed.

Rebecca has been part of a very difficult case with a young father dying of cancer, a pregnant wife who just recently delivered a new baby, and two year old twins. It is hard to even imagine the emotions in this family. Rebecca, being a new mom herself, has been able to empathize with and support the wife who has been feeling a bit neglected as all of the care seems to focus on her husband. Rebecca truly has it in her heart to provide the best hospice care for the patient and create the best memories for the family.”

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.

September Hospice Caregiver Award

Lori Preble, a Hospice Specialist at Gentiva Hospice, is the winner of the September Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Lori was nominated by Nate Gustafson, Chaplain at Gentiva Hospice, who described her with these words…

Lori Preble is a “Hospice Specialist” with our hospice organization. Her main role is to provide education about the end of life and the hospice benefit with local hospitals, physician groups and clinics across the Metro area. Last month Lori went out of her way to visit one of our patients, a 28 years old who, in a panic, revoked our hospice care and went to the local emergency room.

Once in the ER, Lori went to see him because he did not have any family close to him. The patient found out he had too many complications to overcome physically and was only expected to live 24-48 hours. The young man was afraid and alone and Lori stayed with him the whole day in the hospital. She found out that he loved hunting and had a favorite hunting magazine so she went to Wal-Mart and found his favorite hunting magazine and brought it to him in the hospital.

Lori did all of this out of her compassionate heart and deserves to be recognized for her selfless care.

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!

August Hospice Caregiver Award

Clorinda Salazar, social worker for Agape Hospice, is the winner of the August Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. Clorinda was nominated by five of her co-workers, who described her with these words…

“Clorinda is a great team player, a very good co-worker and I like to work with her at any time.”

“Clorinda is so kind and is a great social worker.”

“She is a team player, is very committed, gentle and great at speaking Spanish.”

“I nominate Clorinda because she is one of the very best social workers.”

“Clorinda is a great team player!  She will help her co-workers at any moment and is a patient advocate.”

 

Thank you Clorinda for your commitment to those you serve!

Each 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!

July Caregiver Award Winner

Tamesha Prout, CNA at Suncrest Hospice is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.

Chelsey McCrory, a coworker at Suncrest Hospice, submitted the following letter explaining why she nominated Tamesha.

” I am nominating Tamesha Prout because she has outstanding levels of caring and compassion for both her patients and her fellow CNAs. When I started working for Suncrest, she took me under her wing for 2 of my 3 days of shadowing and made me feel very confident and comfortable doing hospice care. She is the most caring and compassionate when attending to her patients’ needs and does everything she can to make sure they are the most comfortable and taken care of. Watching her with patients is a very rewarding experience, and I always strive to deliver the same amount of compassion that Tamesha possesses in doing this very difficult job. And she’s always there to help co-workers in any way she possibly can. She’s an outstanding caregiver and human being, and this is why I am nominating miss Tamesha. “

Thank you Tamesha for your commitment to those you serve.

Each 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!

June Caregiver Award Winner

Jamie Weatherly, Director of Nursing at Suncrest Hospice is a winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.

Pictured: Jennifer McBride, MA, FT, DM VP Horan & McConaty, Jamie Weatherly, Director of Nursing at Suncrest Hospice and John Horan, President Horan & McConaty

Jamie was nominated by Janet Moeller, RN Suncrest Hospice who shared just one story of how deeply Jamie is committed to the care for the patients she serves.

“Last week we had a patient who wanted to go home from the hospital to die.  Her family was willing to care for her, but their apartment was extremely hot.

Jamie got permission to purchase a swamp cooler from our business manager and went and bought the swamp cooler.

Then she took it to the apartment and carried it up a flight of narrow stairs (in heels no less!) and installed it in the window.  The patient and family were very appreciative.

When I came to admit the patient, the room was much cooler and the patient and family were very comfortable.”

Thank you Jamie for your commitment to those you serve.

Each 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!

April Caregiver Award Winner


Horan & McConaty HospiceDebbie Summers, RN with Halcyon Hospice is this month’s winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.

“Debbie Summers is a phenomenal hospice nurse who works tirelessly to provide compassionate care for all of her patients.  She is dedicated, knowledgeable and thorough in her attention to detail.  I have had the pleasure of being part of care coordination meetings where Debbie is the RN Case Manager and I am always impressed.  She has such a gentle-natured way about her and relates so naturally with patients and families.

Debbie is the epitome of what a hospice nurse encompasses.  There should be many more people/nurses like her!”, stated Meredith Baldwin the Community Liason for Halcyon Hospice.

Thank you Debbie for your dedication.

Each 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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