Outstanding members of the Ohio’s Hospice staff are recognized each quarter with Bouquet of Recognition Awards for Excellence. Honorees personify the qualities found in the mission and values of Ohio’s Hospice and are the foundation upon which a remarkable patient experience is built. These staff members consistently demonstrate excellence through their expertise and extraordinary compassionate support for patients and families. They are recognized as outstanding role models in the Ohio’s Hospice community. These are the recipients for the first quarter of 2023.
Kim Kremer, medical education program coordinator at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, was recognized with the Carnation Award for her exceptional work transitioning the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program from its inaugural year into its third program year.
The program is offered through Kettering Health and Ohio’s Hospice. The fellowship is a sub-specialty for physicians who are starting out in their medical careers or for those who are mid-career and want to move into hospice and palliative care. The fellowship prepares two fellows per year to become outstanding compassionate clinicians who will be well prepared to care for patients and families at all stages of complex serious illness and end-of-life care.
“Kim offers encouragement and kindness to fellows, residents and students, working hard to ensure a life-changing experience,” said Becky Johnson, senior leadership assistant at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, who nominated Kim for the award. “She shows her appreciation and respect for all she encounters and is one of the best listeners I have ever met. Kim is truly wonderful in her role her at Ohio’s Hospice.”
Congratulations to Kim for being recognized with the Carnation Award and thanks to her for her support of the Ohio’s Hospice mission.
Meghan Pfledderer, RN care manager at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, was recognized with the DAISY Award® for providing exceptional patient care. Ohio’s Hospice is proud to be a DAISY Award partner, recognizing one of its nurses with this special honor quarterly. At Ohio’s Hospice, DAISY Award honorees are nurses who consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care.
Meghan was nominated by Sara Christenson, RN care team coordinator at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, for her dedication to fulfilling a patient’s Christmas wish. When the patient was unable to attend a Christmas party offsite and was not expected to make it through Christmas, Meghan worked with the care team and transportation to make their wish to make it to the party come true.
“Meghan advocated for how important it was for this patient to see their friends and family for Christmas one last time. Meghan is a true example of someone who is called to care and makes extra efforts for each of her patients,” Christenson said. “Meghan truly serves with a hospice heart, and this is just one example.”
Congratulations to Meghan for being recognized with the DAISY Award and thanks to her for her support of the Ohio’s Hospice mission.
Tina Leckey, personal care specialist at Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, was nominated for the Sunflower Award by a patient for her thorough and compassionate care during every visit.
“There is not just one situation where Tina demonstrates criteria for recognition. It is every time she comes. She always makes sure I am comfortable and safe and asks if I have any questions before she leaves,” the patient wrote in the nomination form. “She goes above and beyond to care for the whole patient’s needs as well as their family. Tina is certainly one of a kind.”
The Sunflower Award honors personal care specialists who take care of a patient’s personal needs with dignity, compassion and empathy. They provide quality nursing assistance to patients, assist patients’ families with care, and work with the interdisciplinary team.
Congratulations to Tina for being recognized with the Sunflower Award and thanks to her for her support of the Ohio’s Hospice mission.
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