Our GEMS: Staff going the extra mile
Many of our patients and families express deep appreciation for the care they or a loved one received at Reid Health. Often, they wonder how they can say "thank you" in a special way to someone who has cared so much… the one who was their GEM.
These nominations from patients and from staff become a pool of great stories that illustrate the willingness of our team members to Go the Extra Mile on behalf of patients and families. Each month, a GEM is celebrated in our ceremonies where we also celebrate employees with five or more years with us.
These are those stories.
MAY: Jennifer C., Wound Healing
Jennifer C. Wound Healing Center, noticed a patient who was really ill when he was at the center for an appointment. The staff realized he needed to go to the hospital, but he could only be convinced to go by Jennifer - whom he trusted. She drove him in his van to the hospital and made sure he got checked in to the Emergency Department. She went back to the hospital later to check on the patient and give him a phone charger so he could contact his family with his cell phone. PHOTO from left: Kelly Beall, Vice President, with Jennifer
APRIL: Jeremy H., Security, & Hayley M., Patient Access Services
Jeremy H., Security, and Hayley M., Patient Access Services, became aware of a pediatric patient in the Emergency Department who was going to have to go home without her only pair of shoes and the clothes she was wearing when she arrived.
Jeremy collected donations from other team members and bought her a new pair of shoes. Hayley also went to the store and bought her some new clothes. She was thrilled with the gifts and their generosity affected the patient and staff members.
MARCH: Raegen T., 4 East
The family of a patient from Connersville who was admitted to the hospital did not realize that some of his medication needed to be brought from home. The patient had been without the needed medicine for a couple of days and it was not available through the pharmacy.
Raegen T., 4 East, was contacted as a team member who lived in the same area, and she gladly -- on short notice -- met family members in Connersville to get the medication and bring it with her on her way to work at Reid.
FEBRUARY: Brenda K., Environmental Services
Brenda K. learned that a patient while in the hospital did not have his dentures. They had been left at his apartment downtown. The staff there was unable to bring them to him, and he was being discharged to an extended care facility.
So Brenda made a trip to the apartment complex on her lunch break and got what he needed, bringing it back to his hospital room. The patient said “She went out of her way to help me, and that was so special to me.”
JANUARY: Paige H., Continuum of Care
Paige H. was seeing a patient at a local nursing home and learned the patient had arrived at the facility with no clothes – he only had his hospital gown and a winter coat. So she went to the store and bought a pack of T-shirts and sweat pants and took them back so the man would have clothes to wear while at the nursing home.
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