Wendy Schmitz, MD, HMD, FAAHPM, Earns Fellow Status from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Wendy Schmitz, MD, HMD, FAAHPM, of Dayton, Ohio, recently earned the designation Fellow of the…
Our Bouquet of Recognition awards celebrate the contributions of staff members who reflect the passion and compassion of the hospice mission. We are so grateful to have these outstanding people on our team:
Music Therapist Teresa Edingfield was thanked by a patient family for visits to their mother and a recording of the patient singing with Teresa. “We played the song she recorded, of mom singing and her playing her guitar, at Mom’s service with the grandchildren each walking down the aisle with a single rose and putting it in a vase at the alter. It was beautiful!” Thank you Teresa for bringing music into the lives of our patients and peace to their families.
Pictured: Teresa Edingfield
Words like “above and beyond,” “selfless” and “above the top care” were used in the nominations family members submitted to nominate Patient Care Specialist Henrieta Sulag for the Sunflower Award. One family member expressed appreciation not only for the “fantastic care” provided to the patient, but that Henrieta was “so kind and considerate to the whole family” And she “couldn’t express enough how much of a difference Henrieta made. Another submission thanked Henrieta for the “superior care she provided my grandfather in his final two days. We received wonderful care from all of the Crisis Care staff, but Henrietta in particular, stood out from the rest. During the first day of caring for my grandfather, Henrietta cancelled her PTO for the following day so she could come back and care for my grandfather… I can’t think of a better person to win the Sunflower Award. Henrietta, thank you for all that you do. You are one of the reasons Hospice of Dayton provides the best, most superior care.”
Pictured: Henrietta Sulag, left, with manager Kristy Brock
Admissions Liaison April Howell was nominated by a staff member at the Samaritan Cancer Center at Good Samaritan North for addressing the needs of a patient and family during an especially difficult time. “This young patient has been resistant to hospice for a couple of months, even through his condition has been dramatically deteriorating. Today he came to terms with his future – God’s perfect plan unfolded before our eyes, and April was a big part of it. April was absolutely wonderful in every way – her interactions with nurses, physicians, our social worker and especially the patient and his family. She made a very difficult transition smith and helped the patient to feel safe and know that his needs/wishes would be met.” April’s ability to provide such care and reassurance reflects the goals we have with every patient and family. Thank you, April, for being such a great example of what we want as a representative of our mission!
Pictured: April Howell, left, with manager Dixie Roberts