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Dec 1, 2020 12:23:00 PM | 18 Min Read

2020 Vista Springs Nursing Awards

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2020 Vista Springs Nursing Awards

 

Our nurses deserve praise daily.  Their compassion, optimism, and kindness do not go unnoticed. We appreciate each one of them for their daily commitment to our community members and their loved ones. Our nurses stand above the rest and continue to make Vista Springs Communities as amazing as they are. They continue to go above and beyond, always ensuring everyone is taken care of, especially during this difficult time.

We are so Proud to Call Them Ours

Our nurses are our everyday superheroes. Every Nurses Week, we award out a set of awards for nurses who go above and beyond. We would like to honor them here. Thank you all for everything you do for our community members. We all truly appreciate every single one of you.

Jennifer Slater, LPN

Western Michigan

Nurse of the Year Award

This is to acknowledge and thank you for being such a fierce advocate for your community members, their families and your team. With your strong emphasis on delivering a higher standard of care, you successfully manage between two Vista Springs communities, Vista Springs Riverside Gardens and Vista Springs Northview Royal Hideaway Resort, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ensuring our "Full of Life" mission is delivered at the highest standards every day. At the forefront of the COVID-19 battle, you’ve also continued to remain diligent and meticulous on infection control and safety that has saved the lives of staff and community members and their families.

Your unwavering commitment and dedication to Vista Springs is what makes you the Nurse of the Year! You are a superior leader and trainer and have made the Vista Springs community environment a safe and friendly place to work. It’s remarkable to see how you’ve continued to provide so much needed support for the families of those we serve and those of our staff recently during the most difficult of times.

Your team recognizes how you are always one of the first to jump in when there is a difficult situation with any management team leader or other teams to help: regardless if it is moving furniture, helping in dining, or jumping into a Life Experience event.

You are the ultimate team player who is always willing to go the extra mile! Now you have further distinguished yourself battling COVID-19 which has been without a doubt the most challenging experience that the Management and Health & Wellness team at Vista Springs ever faced. Waging war against this deadly virus has deeply affected each and every one of our lives both professionally and personally. There are no words to describe how you provided leadership and support to instill a team with so much commitment, dedication, compassion and perseverance during an unprecedented Pandemic, Healthcare emergency and humanitarian crisis.

While we all combated this unseen enemy there were certain Elite Performers among us, like you, whose selfless acts that occurred daily in our Wellness operations to ensure that our community members and employees were kept safe and protected, and always their wants and needs were meet and/or exceeded without hesitation every moment of the day, safely, expertly and professionally such that not one life was lost on their watch and valiant march towards a cure.

Elite Performers of our COVID-19 Heroes of Healthcare team at Vista Springs risked their lives every day and not one life was lost on your team or of a community member served.

We acknowledge your courage, spirit and bravery which did not only save lives, but your fight against all odds gave so many people around you the strength to draw upon that all Vista Springs team members became their best selves and persisted through the fears, anxieties and losses that everywhere else in the world were causing so much pain, suffering and death.

The world ahead will be shaped by your bold acts of courage and the most remarkable difference overtime will be in the knowledge that it takes an everyday hero to save the world, change lives for the better, and create a real sense of humanity where everyone puts their authentic selves into helping one another.

Nikki Wadsworth, LPN

Nurse of the Year Award • Ohio

We all appreciate your thirty years of dedicating your heart and soul to the happiness, wellness and safety of those you’ve served as a licensed nursing professional throughout the community-based healthcare continuum. In recent years we’ve witnessed firsthand at Vista Springs Ravinia, Independence, Ohio, how you’ve spent long days as the Health & Wellness Officer and other nursing leadership and training positions to help our entire community thrive and become "Full of Life."

We’ve seen you develop highly-effective plans for mitigating risk for the flu season and execute them expertly, prepare and achieve perfect annual State surveys, and successfully implement performance improvement programs, and at the same time, selflessly work extra shifts at any time of day as a direct patient caregiver, medicine treatment professional, or as a specialized dementia care worker, even staying at the community overnight when it was a needed practice to reassure families that there loved one’s were safe and protected and new staff had extra oversight and support.

Our community members, families, and staff are always letting us know how much they admire and appreciate you, not just for your leadership and nursing skills, but for how kind and positively motivating you are to everyone, as we strive to make all who live or work at Vista Springs happier and healthier every moment of day. Most often mentioned is how you are always enthusiastic and available to meet with the families and address any clinical care or service concern that they may have. You are trusted by everyone to consistently deliver our Brand Promise, nursing care, and staff training in ways that create a meaningful and positive experience for those we are honored to serve.

Now you have further distinguished yourself battling COVID-19 which has been without a doubt the most challenging experience that the Management and Health & Wellness team at Vista Springs ever faced. Waging war against this deadly virus has deeply affected each and every one of our lives both professionally and personally. There are no words to describe how you provided leadership and support to instill a team with so much commitment, dedication, compassion and perseverance during an unprecedented Pandemic, Healthcare emergency and humanitarian crisis.

While we all combated this unseen enemy there were certain Elite Performers among us, like you, whose selfless acts that occurred daily in our Wellness operations to ensure that our community members and employees were kept safe and protected, and always their wants and needs were meet and/or exceeded without hesitation every moment of the day, safely, expertly and professionally such that not one life was lost on their watch and valiant march towards a cure.

Elite Performers of our COVID-19 Heroes of Healthcare team at Vista Springs risked their lives every day and not one life was lost on your team or of a community member served. We acknowledge your courage, spirit and bravery which did not only save lives, but your fight against all odds gave so many people around you the strength to draw upon that all Vista Springs team members became their best selves and persisted through the fears, anxieties and losses that everywhere else in the world were causing so much pain, suffering and death.

The world ahead will be shaped by your bold acts of courage and the most remarkable difference overtime will be in the knowledge that it takes an everyday hero to save the world, change lives for the better, and create a real sense of humanity where everyone puts their authentic selves into helping one another.

Kristina Djelevic, LPN

Eastern Michigan

Nurse of the Year Award

This is to acknowledge and thank you for the high level of excitement, passion and standard of quality you bring each day to your team at Vista Springs Washington Place, Washington Township, Michigan that drives its "Full of Life" mission. Day in and day out you ensures that your team is trained, educated and successful in all situations, this year, more than ever.

You’ve been one of the strongest forces on our Health & Wellness team company-wide in implementing new infection control and containment preventative measures and life-saving protocols during the COVID-19 battle. When you are not literally saving the world through training and health services interventions, you are spending so much quality time with our community members and staff to relieve their fears and anxieties. The quality of care and compassion you extend to your community members and their families is truly what makes you one in a million and Nurse of the Year!

Now you have further distinguished yourself battling COVID-19 which has been without a doubt the most challenging experience that the Management and Health & Wellness team at Vista Springs ever faced. Waging war against this deadly virus has deeply affected each and every one of our lives both professionally and personally.

There are no words to describe how you provided leadership and support to instill a team with so much commitment, dedication, compassion and perseverance during an unprecedented Pandemic, Healthcare emergency and humanitarian crisis. While we all combated this unseen enemy there were certain Elite Performers among us, like you, whose selfless acts that occurred daily in our Wellness operations to ensure that our community members and employees were kept safe and protected, and always their wants and needs were meet and/or exceeded without hesitation every moment of the day, safely, expertly and professionally such that not one life was lost on their watch and valiant march towards a cure.

Elite Performers of our COVID-19 Heroes of Healthcare team at Vista Springs risked their lives every day and not one life was lost on your team or of a community member served. We acknowledge your courage, spirit and bravery which did not only save lives, but your fight against all odds gave so many people around you the strength to draw upon that all Vista Springs team members became their best selves and persisted through the fears, anxieties and losses that everywhere else in the world were causing so much pain, suffering and death.

The world ahead will be shaped by your bold acts of courage and the most remarkable difference overtime will be in the knowledge that it takes an everyday hero to save the world, change lives for the better, and create a real sense of humanity where everyone puts their authentic selves into helping one another.

Pamela Milenovic, LPN

Spirit of Caring Award

Over the past year you have been an amazing asset for Vista Springs Greenbriar Village in Parma, Ohio. Thank you for stepping up to do dual roles so many times over the years when we experienced senior management vacancies on the Health & Wellness team. You have been a Servant Leader – caring for the community members, their families and supporting all staff. You’ve always done more than your share and no job was too big or too small for you to handle dependably, with passion, and assuring quality excellence at the highest standards.

During the most recent annual State Survey, under your direct leadership, Greenbriar Village had ZERO deficiencies (a Perfect Survey) in all clinical and residential care areas which was the first time we ever achieved that status, and with the highest level of occupancy, acuity, and number of employees .

You’ve handled staff training, compliance and scheduling issues tirelessly, often yourself working back to back shifts, working 14 days without a break on one occasion when staff needed support, and covering overnights and weekends when staff needed further assessment and evaluation. Our Wellness team has grown under exponentially with your leadership and watching your spirit of caring example.

Now you have further distinguished yourself battling COVID-19 which has been without a doubt the most challenging experience that the Management and Health & Wellness team at Vista Springs ever faced. Waging war against this deadly virus has deeply affected each and every one of our lives both professionally and personally.

There are no words to describe how you provided leadership and support to instill a team with so much commitment, dedication, compassion and perseverance during an unprecedented Pandemic, Healthcare emergency and humanitarian crisis.

While we all combated this unseen enemy there were certain Elite Performers among us, like you, whose selfless acts that occurred daily in our Wellness operations to ensure that our community members and employees were kept safe and protected, and always their wants and needs were meet and/or exceeded without hesitation every moment of the day, safely, expertly and professionally such that not one life was lost on their watch and valiant march towards a cure.

Elite Performers of our COVID-19 Heroes of Healthcare team at Vista Springs risked their lives every day and not one life was lost on your team or of a community member served. We acknowledge your courage, spirit and bravery which did not only save lives, but your fight against all odds gave so many people around you the strength to draw upon that all Vista Springs team members became their best selves and persisted through the fears, anxieties and losses that everywhere else in the world were causing so much pain, suffering and death.

The world ahead will be shaped by your bold acts of courage and the most remarkable difference overtime will be in the knowledge that it takes an everyday hero to save the world, change lives for the better, and create a real sense of humanity where everyone puts their authentic selves into helping one another.

Elizabeth Deming, RN

Excellence in Relationship-Based Caring Award

There are so many long deserved recognitions and appreciations that it’s time to acknowledge our gratitude and respect for the performance excellence, leadership, relationship-based caring, and positive culture you’ve brought to Vista Springs Quail Highlands, Concord Township, Ohio. You were our very first Health & Wellness Officer when we opened the community, and then took a brief sabbatical, and now have been back for seven months to the total delight of our management and staff, community members and their families, and all of our affiliated physicians and medical services partners.

Your tireless work ethic is once again making a meaningful and positive difference in everyone who lives and works at Quail Highlands. Your model of working the later shift so management is present until 8:00PM is critical to the case management success we have that keeps us top of mind for medical referrals sources when they seek placement needs for short term recovery stays after surgeries. With your selfless dedication, working virtually every holiday and weekend you help us ensure that we deliver our "Full of Life" experience to people at the highest standard and create a Joy in Work environment by letting more staff spend time with their families. You are a true Servant Leader who spends your time at work and at home on-call facilitating and coordinating optimum care, and working alongside management and staff to ensure unequivocal outcomes.

Now you have further distinguished yourself battling COVID-19 which has been without a doubt the most challenging experience that the Management and Health & Wellness team at Vista Springs ever faced. Waging war against this deadly virus has deeply affected each and every one of our lives both professionally and personally. There are no words to describe how you provided leadership and support to instill a team with so much commitment, dedication, compassion and perseverance during an unprecedented Pandemic, Healthcare emergency and humanitarian crisis.

While we all combated this unseen enemy there were certain Elite Performers among us, like you, whose selfless acts that occurred daily in our Wellness operations to ensure that our community members and employees were kept safe and protected, and always their wants and needs were meet and/or exceeded without hesitation every moment of the day, safely, expertly and professionally such that not one life was lost on their watch and valiant march towards a cure.

Elite Performers of our COVID-19 Heroes of Healthcare team at Vista Springs risked their lives every day and not one life was lost on your team or of a community member served. We acknowledge your courage, spirit and bravery which did not only save lives, but your fight against all odds gave so many people around you the strength to draw upon that all Vista Springs team members became their best selves and persisted through the fears, anxieties and losses that everywhere else in the world were causing so much pain, suffering and death.

The world ahead will be shaped by your bold acts of courage and the most remarkable difference overtime will be in the knowledge that it takes an everyday hero to save the world, change lives for the better, and create a real sense of humanity where everyone puts their authentic selves into helping one another.

Elite Performer Awards

Battling COVID-19 was without a doubt the most challenging experience that the Management and Health & Wellness team at Vista Springs, Majestic Bliss, and Promissa Personalized Care Services ever faced. Waging war against this deadly virus has deeply affected each and every one of our lives both professionally and personally. There are no words to describe a team so full of commitment, dedication, compassion and perseverance during an unprecedented Pandemic, Healthcare emergency and humanitarian crisis.

While we all combated this unseen enemy there were certain Elite Performers among us whose selfless acts that occurred daily in our communities to ensure that our community members and employees were kept safe and protected, and always their wants and needs were meet and/or exceeded without hesitation every moment of the day, safely, expertly and professionally such that not one life was lost on their watch and valiant march towards a cure.

The COVID-19 Heroes of Healthcare team at Majestic Bliss/Promissa risked their lives every day and not one life was lost on our team or of a community member served. We acknowledge your courage, spirit and bravery which did not only save lives, but your fight against all odds gave so many people around you the strength to draw upon that the entire Majestic Bliss and Promissa teams became their best selves and persisted through the fears, anxieties and losses that everywhere else in the world were causing so much pain, suffering and death.

The world ahead will be shaped by your bold acts of courage and the most remarkable difference overtime will be in the knowledge that it takes an everyday hero to save the world, change lives for the better, and create a real sense of humanity where everyone puts their authentic selves into helping one another.

Vista Springs Majestic Bliss would like to honor the following Heroes of Healthcare for their outstanding dedication and service.

  • Zize Gashi

  • Markisha Srackangast

  • Deanna Landon

  • Vonashay Berry

  • Regina Ware

  • Jala Williams

  • Shanquilla Tate

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