Caregiver Award Winners
THE HOSPICE CAREGIVER OF THE YEAR FOR 2019 IS ERIKA WEATHERFORD, RN! ERIKA IS WITH AMEDISYS HOSPICE IN KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE.
(Pictured: Erika Weatherford, RN and Mark Aaroen, Chief Operating Officer, Heritage Operating LLC.)
Tetrick January 2020 Hospice Caregiver of the Month is Krista Gray, RN, Avalon Hospice in Johnson City
Laura Graham, Community Outreach, Tetrick Funeral Services
Kenneth D. Phillips, Nominator
Krista Gray, RN, Avalon Hospice & January Recipient of Hospice Caregiver Award
Carmen Baker, RN, Avalon Hospice
KRISTA GRAY, RN with Avalon Hospice in Johnson City, TN is the winner of the January 2020, Hospice Caregiver Award which is presented by Tetrick Funeral Services.
Krista was nominated by Mr. Kenneth D. Phillips. Mr. Phillips had the following to say:
“As I sit here writing this, I know it will be full of mistakes as I don’t have my wife here to correct it. It has taken me a while to write this as Avalon Hospice has some of the finest people and medical professionals that I have had the privilege of meeting. One nurse, Carmen Baker, who has years of experience and knowledge and helped guide the other caregivers. Second, Brooks Monroe, who even as a male nurse my wife was comfortable around. He always treated her with dignity and respect. Third, Bethany Brickey, who always came with a smile on her face and when she left everyone was smiling. Dr. Miller who always listened to his nurses and tried different treatments to ease my wife’s pain. Last but not least, Krista Gray, RN, my wife’s primary caregiver for almost two years. In those two years Krista made over 400 visits to care for my wife. During this time, she always tried to accommodate Lynne’s wishes of being her first patient of the day. She was not only a nurse but was a friend to my wife and became like family. My wife talked about her as if she was her daughter. My wife Lynne was a very demanding person but Krista always did everything she asked with a smile on her face. On at least two occasions we asked Krista to assist with our wishes for when the end was near in which she did. Towards the end (the last month) Krista some times came by two or more times a day to check on Lynne. Right before Christmas, Krista was starting her vacation and she came and visited with Lynne and even did her hair for her. On January 3rd Krista visited Lynne in the morning and made her comfortable. Krista came back a couple of hours later and Lynne had expired. Krista and Gary Knapp assisted me in getting several things done – for which I will be forever grateful.
A person would think that a hospice nurse’s duties would end when their patients pass away but with Krista and the Avalon personnel it did not. I saw on Facebook that Krista was singing at her church and Lynne had me play her singing over and over again. Once again, going above and beyond Krista provided music at the funeral as she knew how much Lynne enjoyed hearing her sing. She came to the burial and I know she has visited Lynne’s grave on numerous occasions. Several of which she left a flower, a poem, an angel, and even a Christmas ornament. As you can tell by reading this, Krista went above and beyond her duties as a nurse. This being said, I would like to nominate her for this monthly award.
Signed forever grateful to all involved,
Kenneth D. Phillips”
FEBRUARY 2020 HOSPICE CAREGIVER OF THE MONTH AWARD is ANGIE PRIVETTE, CNA, BALLAD HOSPICE – JOHNSON CITY, TN
ANGIE PRIVETTE, CNA with Ballad Hospice in Johnson City, TN is the winner of the February 2020, Hospice Caregiver Award that is awarded by Tetrick Funeral Services.
Angie was nominated by Phyllis Cornett who had the following to say:
My Mother Mary Shipley entered Hospice on February 7, 2018, and Angie became her CNA. Angie always and at all times was very caring and considerate. She took her time with Mom and made sure that she was comfortable as she gave Mom the attention and care she needed.
Angie was always very supportive to me as a caregiver. She was always there for us and went above and beyond her duties to help us even if we just needed a word of encouragement. These are the reasons why I would like to nominate her for this award.
Thank you, Angie for going above and beyond what is expected of you by giving your patient and her family love and care with excellence.
Congratulations for being awarded the Tetrick Hospice Caregiver Award for February 2020.
Tetrick Funeral Home Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award for March 2020 - Laura Evans, RN, Amedisys Hospice, Elizabethton, TN
LAURA EVANS, RN with Amedisys Hospice, Elizabethton, TN is the winner of the March 2020, Hospice Caregiver Award that is awarded by Tetrick Funeral Services.
Laura was nominated by two families, the first member was Molly Dienna who had the following to say:
“Laura was kind in my grandmother’s final days. She made sure that she was treated with dignity. Laura stayed several hours past her scheduled time to help us transition my grandmother to a peaceful passing. She was compassionate and made the whole family feel at peace with this process.”
Laura was also nominated by Emma Bailey whose uncle Laura took care of. Emma had the following to say:
“Laura took care of my uncle; he passed away October 2018. She was always wonderful, kind, and was always patient with my questions and explained very thoroughly.”
Emma was not able to be with us today but asked me to convey how happy she is that Laura has been awarded the Tetrick Hospice Caregiver for the Month of March 2020 Award.
Thank you for your dedication and excellence in taking care of your patients and their families, Laura.
In photo: Charlie Bowman, Manager and Derek Cornett, Asssistant Manager of Tetrick Funeral Home and Laura Evans, RN, Amedisys Hospice, Elizabethton, TN - March 2020 Hospice Caregiver of the Month.