It has been a long standing tradition to honor the employee of the year from each Generations Healthcare Network/SIR Management client facilities during the holiday season. On December 13th our 13 special employees were recognized for their service and awards presented to the Best of the Best.
The finalists for this year’s Burton Behr Employee of the Year award were: Dorothy H. (Generations at Applewood); Julie T. (Auburn Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing); Shuntrel T. (Bryn Mawr Care).
Congratulations to the runners up and a special and heartfelt congratulation to the winner: Shuntrel T. (Bryn Mawr Care).
Read their administrators nomination essays below.
WINNER: Shuntrel– We found him already saving our consumer, behind him, arms wrapped, hands clasped, performing the Heimlich. The same way we found him holding an autistic young man’s hand, walking the scared eloper back into the facility. We find him cutting hair, organizing residents for meals, medication, and outings. We almost lost him.
Coming home from a double shift, he came within an inch of becoming a Chicago statistic. He was robbed; shot in the stomach. We were left wondering, “He was there to save someone, but who was there to save him?”
Over a month later, he returned from recovery. To be found in a hairnet, a helper, serving food, or with a mop cleaning a spill or latex gloves giving someone a shave. He responds to every code, no matter how strenuous. He acted as if nothing had happened.
He came back, a bandage beneath his clothes. He never mentioned pain. Fist bumps in the morning, moving about, getting the job done in casual interactions. At break, he did not think we saw. He would sneak off, change his wrap, punch back in, start helping again without complaint- despite what we all knew, was his own physical inconvenience.
This was most evident during a recent fire. Without regard for himself, he evacuated a resident’s room; extinguished the mattress. Then he assisted cleaning the ashes and reassuring consumers. Afterwards a seasoned staff member put it best, “At codes, because of his gentle strength and pro-activeness; I’m not scared, no matter what is happening.”
Codes don’t often happen because of him. He monitors the cafeteria, day and smoking rooms, stopping incidents before they have a chance to happen. “The biggest thing,” a consumer commented, “is the way he makes us feel like he is a big brother or something, watching over us.”
In a time when bragging is confused for leadership, he isn’t that character. His steadfastness, humility, calm, and above all-honor, goes unsaid. We all feel his dignity, ability, and strength of his character.
A mother still has her son because of our nominee’s CPR training. Another mother, because of his CPI expertise, has her autistic son safely home. These women never trusted others to care for their grown disabled children. The stigmatized men and women entrusted to us go out into the community clean, with groomed heads held high. That is because our nominee does all the professional details- catching the mundane moments that make a person’s day. He is not a victim, not a statistic, but a hero, each and every day.
That is why we nominate him for Employee of the Year. He would never imagine a nomination for himself. We are all thankful to have him.
1st Runner Up: Dorothy- Our employee of the year nominee is an RN that has been with us since 1995 and is currently our full time treatment nurse. She takes pride in her work and revels in seeing her patients become healthier and happier. She regularly works closely with the wound doctor in order to enact the proper treatment plan that will work best for each individual resident. She is always reading up on the best and most innovative ways to help expedite the healing process and is often incredibly successful with her treatments. It’s a regular occurrence to see her popping into the office to express her excitement over a wound being closed and healed.
Recently the facility implemented a training program for newly hired staff to teach them about wound prevention and care. She was immediately excited and supportive. She presented management with hand-outs she wanted to use and started the ball rolling. Our nominee has been monumental for this process as she not only performs the training, she also competencies the staff, and continues to re-educate them all while performing her regular daily duties. Since the launch of this training program in August, we have had two straight months with NO acquired wounds!!
Our nominee is well liked by her peers. She’s always willing to lend a hand. She jumps in when she sees another nurse struggling. She puts in extra hours whenever needed to make sure her patients are treated and also picks up shifts when we need her on the floor. She’s willing to come in early to start IV’s or stay late to help with a med pass. She is respected as a competent nurse and has a great rapport with residents and their families. They trust her ability and have confidence in her decisions regarding their treatment. She even helps to teach the families how to care for a wound when a short term resident discharges home. She lets them know she’s always available if they have any questions or concerns.
Our nominee for Employee of the Year is the complete package. She’s reliable, capable, friendly, and humble. She supports the philosophy of the building and helps to teach whenever she can. Any building would be lucky to have someone as passionate as her. We are proud of our employee of the year and so excited to present her this award as she’s more than deserving of it as she truly makes a difference in the lives of our residents.
2nd Runner Up: Julie T- It’s not every day that you can say you have met an angel on earth, but I can. In my time as being the administrator I have never met someone as compassionate and loving as my nominee. Her perseverance is amazing and her conduct has continued and unwavering professionalism, dedication and compassion in our facility. Moreover, she is a source of inspiration for other employees and to our residents in the facility. She is always very responsive when our facility or residents are in need of something. She clearly derives enjoyment from her duties and her enthusiasm has contributed to the fun working atmosphere in our facility. She is always smiling and has something new to share with all of us and makes each and every day a blessing to every resident she comes across. I can honestly say in my years of LTC I have never met someone with such passion and dedication to life.
Not only does she take care of residents who are extremely sick but she is a foster parent for children in foreign countries who need surgeries. She takes care of them in her personal home with all of their ailments and still comes to work every day caring for the residents in our facility. Her sleepless nights with her foster baby the age of 3 who just had a surgery that will have forever changed his life; she still comes to work with a smile on her face.
Not only does she foster children but she also adopts residents without families, meeting their needs outside of the healthcare setting such as finding them winter coats, buying them Christmas presents, bringing in special meals, and sharing her foster stories with residents to bring a smile to their face.
Congratulations to all nominees and all winners. Truly our employees are the best of the best.