Caregiver Award Winners 2018

HOSPICE CAREGIVER OF THE YEAR FOR 2017 IS BROOKS MONROE!
          RN WITH AVALON HOSPICE IN JOHNSON CITY, TN

(Pictured, Richard Tetrick, President of Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services; Brooks Monroe, Hospice Caregiver of the Year Award Winner for 2017!)


JANUARY 2018 CAREGIVER OF THE MONTH IS Torainna Hensley!
          CNA with MSHA Hospice

(Pictured are Ruby Barnett, LPN; Laura Graham, Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, Torainna Hensley, CNA; and Hannah Counts, RN)

Torainna Hensley, CNA, with Mountain States Health Alliance Hospice in Johnson City, TN is the winner of the JANUARY 2018 Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services.

Torainna was nominated by Hannah Counts, RN and Ruby Barnett, LPN with MSHA Hospice.  Hannah and Ruby made the following comments about why Torainna was nominated to be the Caregiver of the Month:  

We want to nominate Torainna Hensley for Caregiver of the Month Award.  Torainna has been a blessing to our patients and families since the day she arrived.  She is constantly going out of her way and buying patients little gifts to encourage them to take baths.  We receive weekly compliments about her and how she is “The best CNA they have ever had.”  Many patients will choose to omit their bath if Torainna is off or sick because they trust in the exceptional care they receive from her.  Torainna uses many methods to help patients including singing.  Torainna uses the gift of singing to help bring peace and comfort to those she touches.  Most recently, Torainna was singing in a revival; there she saw the husband of one of her patients.  After the revival was over, on her day off, she drove over to the patient’s home and spent time singing with her.  Torainna NEVER complains; she wears a smile on her face wherever she goes.  Torainna works tirelessly every day for her patients.  Please consider Torainna for this nomination.  She is truly a one-of-a-kind caregiver and we are daily blessed by her.

Congratulations, Torainna, for a job well done!


FEBRUARY 2018 CAREGIVER OF THE MONTH IS KIERSTEN HARRIS!
           RN WITH AVALON HOSPICE IN KINGSPORT

(Pictured, Laura Graham, Oak Hill Funeral & Cremation Services, Kiersten Harris, RN with Avalon Hospice and Feb. 2018 Recipient, Brenda Jenkins & Shane Dingus, Nominators)

KIERSTEN HARRIS, RN with Avalon Hospice in Kingsport, TN is the winner of the FEBRUARY 2018 Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Oak Hill Funeral & Cremation Services.

Kiersten was nominated by Brenda Jenkins whose husband Eckle R. Jenkins was Kiersten’s patient.  Brenda made the following comments about why Kiersten was nominated to be the Caregiver of the Month:  

I would like to nominate Kiersten Harris for Caregiver of the Month Award.  She was so attentive not only to my husband but to me and our entire family.  She kept us informed all along.  Kiersten took late night calls and was here within minutes to help me if I needed her.  She was so kind to us and so complete in her work.  She was very kind to my husband and he trusted her.  When my husband passed away, she was here and took care of all of the telephone calls that were needed to be made and thoroughly did all of the paperwork so that everything was in order.  This was such a blessing and help for me.

Congratulations Kiersten for a job well done!


MARCH 2018 CAREGIVER OF THE MONTH IS SHIRLEY BENNETT!
          CNA WITH CARIS HOSPICE IN JOHNSON CITY

(Pictured are Laura Graham, Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services; Shirley Bennett, CNA with Caris Hospice & March 2018 Recipient; Bill Bales, Administrator of Caris Hospice)

SHIRLEY BENNETT, CNA with Caris Hospice in Johnson City, TN is the winner of the MARCH 2018 Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services.

Shirley was nominated by two people, the first one being Barbara Creger whose parents George and Edna Williams were Shirley’s patients.  Barbara made the following comments about why Shirley was nominated to be the Caregiver of the Month:  

Shirley was assigned to my parents, George and Edna Williams, through Caris of Johnson City, TN.  The whole family liked her from Day One.  She didn’t rush through her visit with them, she was very patient, and learned their wants and needs.  She went above and beyond to make sure they were pampered and felt at ease.  Shirley always brought calmness and goodness.  Before she got to the house, she would stop at Hardee’s and get Mom and Dad’s favorite biscuits for breakfast.  After they moved to Brookdale in Johnson City, Shirley continued to spoil them in her own special way.  Dad passed away 1/15/2017 and Mom followed him in death on 2/7/2017.  

Mom was non-responsive for several days before she died, and Shirley knew how important it was to Mom to have a bath, fresh clothes, and her nails polished.  Shirley made sure that happened for her until the very end.  Shirley did so much for them!  She was truly heaven sent.   She attended both funerals.  Shirley genuinely cares deeply for her patients and I would like to nominate her for Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award!

Shirley was also nominated for Hospice Caregiver by Aimee Cloyd.  Aimee had the following to say about Shirley:

Shirley was a very loving and caring provider of care for my Mother and for our entire family.  She went above and beyond for my Mother and our entire family and we could never say how much we appreciate her for words cannot express our gratitude to her.

She is so deserving of this award! 

Congratulations Shirley for a job well done!


APRIL 2018 CAREGIVER OF THE MONTH IS LORI LIGON!
          RN WITH AMEDISYS IN ELIZABETHTON

(Pictured in photo: Gary Kemp and Laura Graham, Tetrick Funeral Home; Lori Ligon, RN Amedisys Hospice and April recipient; and Holli Atwood, Director of Operations, RN, Amedisys Hospice, Elizabethton, TN)

Lori Ligon, RN with Amedisys Hospice in Elizabethton, TN is the winner of the April 2018 Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Tetrick Funeral Home.

Lori was nominated by three people, the first one being Gary Kemp whose father John W. Kemp, Sr. was Lori’s patient.  Gary made the following comments about why Lori was nominated to be the Caregiver of the Month:  

Amedisys and Lori Ligon went above and beyond to help take care of my Father, John W. Kemp, Jr.  The last days before his passing were spent not only taking care of my Dad but seeing to the needs of the family also.  She informed us of every detail of the process to help ease his final moments here on earth.  No more pain for now he’s painting the skies of heaven.

Lori was also nominated for Hospice Caregiver by Donna Brock.  Donna had the following to say about Lori:

She not only did her job; she anticipated needs far in advance.  She knew that for Mama to trust her that she had to open herself up to a friendship.  Lori put her whole heart into caring for Mama.  She also helped to prepare us for all outcomes.  Lori was honest but tactful.  She laughed and cried with us.  Lori was efficient and proficient, stern and soft.  Her presence filled the whole house with light and love.

Thirdly, William V. Jackson said Lori went above and beyond caring for my Father, William V. Jackson.  During Hospice and after his death, her advise and calm efficiency took us through many difficult times with love and concern.  My Father’s care could not have been any better.  My thanks, Lori!

She is so deserving of this award! 

Congratulations Lori for a job well done!


MAY 2018 CAREGIVER OF THE MONTH IS CANDICE GREENLEE!
          RN, HOSPICE DIRECTOR WITH MOUNTAIN STATES HEALTH ALLIANCE
          HOSPICE, JOHNSON CITY, TN

(Pictured:  Laura Graham, Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services; Candice Greenlee, RN MSHA Hospice; Crystal Chatman, RN MSHA Hospice)

CANDICE GREENLEE, RN, Hospice Director with Mountain States Health Alliance in Johnson City, TN is the winner of the MAY 2018 Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services.

Candice was nominated by Crystal Chatman, RN and Patient Care Manager with Mountain States Hospice for the outstanding care she gave to a patient who was trying to get back to his family for his final days.  Crystal had the following to say in regards to why she nominated Candice:  

I am nominating my hospice director Candice Greenlee, RN for her compassionate care and going above and beyond recently for one of our hospice patients.

We recently were caring for a young man in his 30’s with glioblastoma.  He was living here while the majority of his family lived in his hometown of Las Vegas, NV.  He declined in status and was unable to walk any longer and was living in a long term care facility.  He desperately wanted to move to Vegas to be with his young son.  He made a plan and attempted to get there but was unable to because of his weakness.  Instead of just simply saying, “O well!  That is terrible,”  Candice went to great lengths to make this patient’s dream a reality.  She went to her superiors and got approval to have him accompanied by a physical therapist and she arranged flights, medications, and a receiving hospice to care for him once he arrived.  She made sure that every little detail was accomplished.  She made him a care package with his favorite M&M’s and a prayer blanket for his journey.  This all seemed so impossible to our team but not to Candice.  She made sure that every possible detail was meticulously planned and the young man did in fact make it to Las Vegas safely and is with his family for his final days.  Hospice is a holistic approach to care and Candice exemplified this and worked very hard to see that this patient lived his final days back in his hometown with his family, especially with his young son.

Congratulations Candice for a job exceptionally well done!