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May and June 2014 Hospice Caregiver of the Month Awards presented together

Sonia Mall, DCS and Stan Manickam, Chaplain, were selected as the winners of the May and June Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  They were nominated by Sonja Onstad, Halcyon Hospice and Palliative Care, who had the following to say about why she nominated them together.

I would like to nominate Sonia Mall, DCS and Stan Manickam, Chaplain, for creating a profoundly moving ritual to celebrate our hospice nurses during Nurses Week 2014. I will attach the ritual in a separate email. What made this event so powerful is that it involved the entire team, all disciplines, in the ritual so all were able to “bless” our nurses. The nurses honored each other and received an individual anointing while surrounded by their team. At the conclusion, there was not a dry eye in the room. A few of the comments that were made included “I’ve been a nurse for 40 years and have more coffee cups than I know what to do with. This is the first time I’ve ever felt so honored.” Another nurse then stated” I’ve been a hospice nurse for 2 years and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.” This ritual was not only a blessing to our nurses but to every member of the team present. This was only made possible by the sincere gratitude made manifest by these two amazing hospice practitioners.

Sonja Onstad
Halcyon Hospice and Palliative 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!

April Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award

Ron Urban is the winner of the April Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  He was nominated by Danielle Andrews, RN, Supervisor at Porter Hospice Residence and Andrea Helsel, LSW who had the following to say about why they nominated Ron.

From Dani:  Ron Urban has worked for Porter Hospice Residence for many years as housekeeping and maintenance. I could talk forever about all the ways he helps us at PHR, keeping us safe by shoveling and deicing, scraping windows, keeping our environment clean, repairing the inevitable things that go wrong with such a quiet and competent spirit and a kind smile every morning, but this is a caregiver award, so I’d like to describe how he cares for our patients. He cleans the rooms, respecting a patient’s need for quiet or a gentle, supportive, “normal” conversation, for instance, inquiries on their favorite colors. He gets to know the patients and is a welcome sight. Many patients might wake up to find a handcrafted butterfly in their favorite colors on their wall. After the patient leaves us, their family has a beautiful, individual reminder of their family member, and a butterfly that color will show up on our gazebo or in our trees. Ron’s humble gift is a reminder to us all that our patients are beautiful, different individuals that are with us physically for a short time, but their spirit remains in our hearts.

Danielle Andrews, RN
Supervisor
Porter House Residence       

From Andrea: I’ve worked with Ron over his past 3 years at Porter Hospice Residence. What surprises me about his role is he provides not only maintenance and expertise with our 18 room in-patient hospice facility, he also provides expertise in compassion and love. I don’t know of many maintenance men who come to work with the objective to not only repair and maintain a facility, but also outreach and support the patient’s, families, and staff. Ron does this in his own, quiet, unique way. If you weren’t paying attention, you might almost miss the signs that Ron has visited with someone. But inevitably, in conversation talking with families, if Ron has met them, he has left his mark. Ron’s humble and quiet countenance is a symbol and an example of the servant-like quality we wish to demonstrate to patients and families. Recently, Ron has taken on more leadership in his work area and been able to present issues that have come up within the team. Ron’s ability to be humble, love, and have compassion, sets him up to be a leader at our inpatient hospice. When Ron addresses things that are not going as they should, the staff listens. Ron’s dedication as well as his optimism and encouraging spirit, make him an integral part of our hospice team. Certainly, running a facility is vital, AND Ron Urban’s maintenance role goes far beyond that. With efficiency and grace he accomplishes emotional support and facility maintenance. He is a gift from God to our PHR team. Thank you Ron.                      

Andrea Helsel,LSW  
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.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

 

 

 

 

 

March Hospice Caregiver Award Winner

Judy Fletcher is the winner of the March Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Sally Carey who had the following to say about why she nominated Judy.

Judy Fletcher is an exemplary hospice volunteer having served with us for the past two and a half years. She is sensitive in her care for others, always respecting their values and offering her time and resources to help meet their emergent needs be it running errands, preparing meals, doing laundry, going on doctor appointments with them, reading scriptures and praying – whatever is needed for support at that time. She offers to help with larger projects too: welcome baskets, pet food acquisition, hosting volunteer training and so on as she lives her value of service to others, be they family, friends, neighbors, church members, shelter animals or hospice families.

Judy has been a strong participant in continuous learning, adding new information and skills (Reiki energy work, vigil and bereavement support) to better support the people in her life. Judy is generous not only with her time, but with her genuine spirit of selfless service in a way that never diminishes others but brings a strong sense of caring and compassion. Judy Fletcher embodies the best qualities of hospice care and our families have been enriched by her caring attention through her years of loving service. We should all be so lucky to have a ‘Judy Fletcher’ in our lives!

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!

 

February 2014 Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award

Felisha Bjelde is the winner of the February Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Felisha was nominated by Lori Bennett who submitted the following letter explaining why she nominated Felisha.

Felisha Bjelde works with my mom who lives in Cedars HealthCare center. She does her hair and take special care in getting her ready/showering and has a very large positive attitude. Felisha’s care of my mom has really helped my mom’s attitude in these times. (My mom has dementia and it can be especially difficult to do hair, showering, personal hygiene etc.)

 With great thanks,

Lori Bennett

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!

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!

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