HOLLAND, Mich.– Providence Life Services honored some outstanding employees from their Michigan communities last Tuesday at the 2018 Michigan Hallmark of Caring Event at Boatwerks in Holland.
The 2018 theme was “Leading by Example,” taken from 1 Corinthians 11:1, which says, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (NIV). Each recipient is known for an exceptional level of care and service, as noted below.
Recipients were nominated by co-workers, residents, residents’ families, and anyone who saw extraordinary levels of care. They truly live out the mission of Providence Life Services: “To enhance the lives of those we serve in the name of Jesus Christ.”
Hallmark of Caring is a day set aside annually to honor outstanding Providence team members. Award recipients are as follows:
Royal Atrium Inn and Royal Park Place 2018 Michigan Hallmark of Caring Award Recipients
Sue Kalinowski, Receptionist: Sue greets everyone with a smile. She is compassionate and always willing to help others. Her gentle and calming spirit is a strength that serves our residents, their family members, and our team well!
Patty Hoeve, Private Duty Resident Aide: Patty is excellent in every detail and is an asset to the Atrium. She has a true gift when it comes to connecting with the residents that she serves. Her dedication and reliability are greatly appreciated and we joyfully count on those qualities.
Jordan Klaasen, Resident Aide: Jordan’s love for Christ shines through in all she does! She genuinely cares for the well-being of our residents, and always has a smile on her face. Her positive attitude is contagious and an encouragement to everyone she comes into contact with.
Jodi Jacobsen, Housekeeper/Evening Attendant: Jodi’s smile and positive attitude are contagious. She brightens the day of everyone she comes into contact with, both residents and co-workers. Rumor has it she even brings in special treats to the fortunate Royal Park Place residents who play cards in the lobby on Tuesday nights!
(From L-R) Evan Geels (Royal Atrium Inn Community Manager), Jodi Jacobsen, Patty Hoeve, Jordan Klaasen, Jeff Zylstra (Royal Park Place Community Manager). Not pictured: Sue Kalinowski
Top row, L-R: Evan Geels; Bill DeYoung, Providence Life Services Chief Operating Officer; Rich Schutt, Providence Life Services Chief Executive Officer; Jeff Zylstra. Bottom row seated, L-R: Jordan Klaasen, Patty Hoeve, Jodi Jacobsen.
Emerald Meadows 2018 Michigan Hallmark of Caring Award Recipients
Brad Whitney, Sous Chef: Brad is an exceptional person, not only in the kitchen, but also when interacting with the residents. There are few people that are as hard-working as Brad. Brad has spent most of his professional career working at various restaurants, gathering valuable experience and knowledge that he has been able to bring to our community to help elevate the dining experience of our residents.
Elisa Bailey, Medication Tech: Elisa is a generous and caring woman of God who is selfless and hardworking. Her dedication to providing great care to the residents and their families is something that should be mirrored by all. Elisa is a constant reminder of what it means to care for residents with the love of God in works.
(Pictured L-R) Shawn Phillips, Emerald Meadows Administrator; Elisa Bailey, Brad Whitney
(Pictured L-R) Bill DeYoung, Providence Life Services Chief Operating Officer; Elisa Bailey; Brad Whitney; Rich Schutt, Providence Life Services Chief Executive Officer; Shawn Phillips
Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Zeeland 2018 Michigan Hallmark of Caring Award Recipients
Judy De Vries, Registered Nurse: Judy is an outstanding nurse with a wonderful attitude who lives by the word of Christ. She is a tremendous asset to the nursing team for her can-do spirit and positivity, regardless of the situation. Judy is a highly compassionate individual.
Lydia Prus, Dietary Aide: Lydia does an amazing job embracing roles and tasks assigned to her, such as delivering snacks to the residents in the evening. She makes it fun for the residents, and they look forward to seeing her every night. Lydia puts her heart and soul into what could be viewed as a mundane role, and goes out of her way to do what she can to make people’s days a little brighter.
Pat Veele, Foodservice Worker: Pat goes out of her way to find ways to improve the resident experience as well as the lives of her coworkers. She is always willing to help cover open shifts and ready and willing to try new things with a great attitude.
Brynn Tamminga, LPN Evening-Weekend Supervisor: Brynn truly loves what she does, and it shows in her servant’s heart. She goes out of her way to lead by example and demonstrate to staff that they can have a major impact on our residents’ lives. No matter how tough it gets, Brynn remains positive and enthusiastic. Her work ethic is second to none.
Kristin Hornacek, CNA: Kristin is an outstanding CNA who places our resident’s needs above all others. Her positivity and enthusiasm to serve others are a tremendous encouragement. Kristin shows a great deal of compassion and understanding. Her kindness and love for what she does eases the anxiety of those she serves.
Melanie Licata, Housekeeping & Laundry Team Lead: Melanie lives to make other people’s lives better; a few moments with Melanie can make anyone feel better. She volunteers countless hours to make the campus look outstanding with her summer flowers and elaborate winter Christmas trees. Melanie always says there is no job better than the one she has where she can serve our residents and spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
(Pictured L-R) Judy De Vries, Melanie Licata, Lydia Prus, Pat Veele, Brynn Taminga, Kristin Hornacek, and Rick VandenBerg–Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center of Zeeland Administrator
(Pictured L-R): Bill DeYoung, Providence Life Services Chief Operating Officer; Lydia Prus; Judy De Vries; Pat Veele; Rick VandenBerg; Rich Schutt, Providence Life Services Chief Executive Officer; (Seated L-R) Melanie Ticata, Kristin Hornacek, Brynn Taminga.