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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.

Compassionate Professional Michael Wellensiek

Michael Wellensiek is the Vice President/Director of Immediate Need Operations & Funeral Director at our SW Denver/Lakewood location. He received a BS from Wayne State College and an AS from Kansas City Kansas School of Mortuary Science. He has been in funeral service for 21 years.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and participation in our faith community.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? I strive to be a lifelong learner and make important differences in the lives of those around me.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? We strive to make a difference for those we serve and each other.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? We are genuine and we care.

Compassionate Professional Christine Sandoval

Christine Sandoval is the Office Manager at our South Metro location. She is a graduate the University of Northern Colorado, Community College of Denver, Emily Griffith Opportunity School, and Arapahoe Community College.  Christine is a Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner and has been in funeral service for four years.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? I recently became a new Mom and that tops the list, but in addition I live well by sleeping, shopping, traveling, reading and dancing.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? I have had to make funeral arrangements for practically my entire family. I have an intangible quality of being able to help people through one of the most trying times in their lives.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? We are family owned and we stand by it.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? If you want to be treated like family, this is where you should be.

 

Compassionate Professional James Moon

James Moon is the Location Manager and Funeral Director at our North Metro location. He graduated from the American University with a BA in Anthropology and from St. Petersburg College in Funeral Services.  Jim has been in funeral service for 18 years and is a licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer in the State of Florida, as well as holding Colorado’s voluntary certification of Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? I spend time with my family and travel.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? I care deeply for the families I serve and each day we are here to make a difference in their lives.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? We strive to exceed each family’s expectations, with dignity, care and compassion.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? It’s a way to care for your own family by bringing them to us and letting us help.

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