Life Care Centers of America’s Whatever It Takes And Then Some program honors associates who go beyond their job descriptions in caring for residents, their families and fellow associates. Here are three of the inspiring stories from our November 2016 winners:
Morgan Johnson, licensed practical nurse at Life Care Center of Collegedale, Tennessee, helped a resident cross another item off his bucket list. Knowing that the resident was a passionate Tennessee Volunteers fan, Johnson took him to a football game in Knoxville. “I’m sure the cheers of the fans and the ref’s call of ‘touchdown’ are still ringing in the ears of this ecstatic resident,” said Cathleen Ordonez, human resources director.
Rachel Goldberg, health information management assistant at Life Care Center of Hilo, Hawaii, helped a resident who had a stroke complete a book. The resident was in the process of writing the book when his stroke occurred, and thanks to Goldberg’s assistance, he was able to finish this goal. “Without her, I could never have put it together,” the resident said. “Rachel deserves the highest praise for becoming my virtual brains.”
Kathryn Fournie, occupational therapist at Life Care Center of Pensacola, Florida, went the extra mile for the facility’s veterans. As an active member of the Pensacola Quilters Guild, she initiated a project for the organization to make lap-sized patriotic quilts for the residents at the building who have served in the military. Guild members worked on the quilts at various quilting bees, and on Veterans Day, the completed quilts were presented to the residents.