Londonderry, New Hampshire (PressExposure) May 28, 2009 -- Amedisys Hospice Services is honored
The dedicated team of professionals at Amedisys Hospice Services was recently honored with the Judith D. Griffin Advocacy Award presented on April 14 at the Bridges House in Concord.
The award, now in its fifth year, was created by the New Hampshire Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Advisory Board, is presented annually to an individual who has advocated for a resident or residents of long-term care facilities in such a way that their rights, quality of life or quality of care has been improved.
"We are the first team or group to win this award," said Amedisys Hospice Director Bridgette Kaloyanides. The award is generally given to individuals.
"Also, no other hospice company has ever won this," Kaloyanides continued.
" This is an honor and shows the dedication of our staff."
Amedisys staff receiving the award were Chaplain Arthur Rueblinger, Beth Devereaux, licensed practical nurse; Kara Sweatt, registered nurse; John Wheeler, M.D.; social worker Jodi Hanley and home health aides Edie Beede and Linda Nelson.
In a recommendation letter to the selection committee of the New Hampshire Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman, the team was praised for its caring support of both patients and their families.
"When I thing of the hospice team, one common thread seems key to all they do â intuitively they sense their patient's needs and then they work tirelessly to meet them," wrote the family member.
"Beth Deveraeux changed the last month's of my dad's life with her dedication and determination to replace his uncomfortable wheelchair with a large lounge chair on wheels. It became known as the "Cadillac chair" and it made the last months so much more pleasant and physically comfortable."
A staff member from the Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Center in Manchester also had words of praise for the Amedisys staff in nominating them.
"Often people think signing onto hospice means the end is in sight and there is nothing left to look forward to," the staff member wrote.
"I love watching how both my residents and their families change their view during the end of life journey with Amedisys Hospice."
By Suzanne Laurent firstname.lastname@example.org