Two women who work at the St. Clair Nursing Center recently were recognized during the National Association of Health Care Assistants 18th annual Key to Quality awards banquet in Oklahoma City.
Holli Hoemann and Kelsey Sarti were presented the national Humanitarian and Best Attitude awards, respectively, earlier this summer.
The annual celebration is conducted to recognize the accomplishments and exemplary contributions of caregivers and organizations across the nation, information from the organization stated.
The association presented awards in 22 categories selected from more than 36,000 members. The awards are given to recipients who “exemplify the best qualities in the continuum of care,” a press release about the awards read.
The banquet took place on June 28.
The Humanitarian Award is given to a CNA or direct caregiver who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist a resident with life-saving procedures, made observations that have enhanced the quality of life or provided additional care and attention to a resident during the dying process.
Hoemann’s passion for care was described in her nomination.
“Holli makes it a point to learn about each of her residents and cater his or her care to what is best for the individual,” it read. “One of the residents in her care suffered from painful and debilitating arthritis and had to have his artificial joints removed due to inflammation. He was depressed and on the verge of giving up when his son brought in an electric wheelchair for him.
“Holli made it her mission to get him out of bed without suffering, using pillows and devices everywhere to support his immobilized limbs. Weaving from side to side down the hall, this lifelong mechanic looked like he was bowling for people when he actually had complete control. He had the biggest smile on his face and looked nothing like the bedridden resident he had been.
“Holli believed in him like no other, and because of that he is continuing to improve and work toward going back home. We are privileged to have Holli as part of our team.”
Best Attitude Award
The Best Attitude Award is given to a CNA or direct caregiver who displays a positive attitude toward residents, families, co-workers and other departments, NAHCA information stated. The caregiver is credited with having the ability to find the bright side of all situations and can adapt and accept change positively.
During her award introduction it was said that “Kelsey is a dedicated young CNA who works and attends nursing school, but is never too busy to do the right thing for her residents. She truly cares about the well-being of each person she comes in contact with, and has the ability to lift your spirit with her big smile and compassionate personality.
“She looks at new challenges as a way to better the lives of her residents rather than how it will affect hers. Kelsey exhibits a true love for her profession, her teammates and those placed in her care.”
NAHCA has worked closely with care facilities across the country to recognize the valuable humanitarian service of CNAs and to improve the quality of health care in long term care facilities.
For additional information on award recipients or NAHCA membership visit the association website at www.nahcacareforce.org.