FORT SCOTT – Mercy Home Health and Hospice are pleased to recognize Kathy Stienbarger, RN, as the 2013 “Mercy Home Health and Hospice Employee of the Year.”
In celebration of Mercy's 35th anniversary offering home health services and in conjunction with National Home Health and Palliative Care Month, patients, co-workers and community members were invited to nominate and vote for staff members deserving of the employee of the year award. This marks the fifth year of recognizing an outstanding employee.
The nominations were open to all Mercy Home Health and Hospice staff, including nurses, physical therapist, aides and office staff.
Most nomination forms included handwritten stories from patients that shared how valuable that co-worker is or has been in their recovery or health care management.
“The selection committee evaluated comments on the nomination forms and matched the qualities demonstrated by the co-workers to Mercy Signature Service standards,” said Becky Davied, Mercy Home Health and Hospice director. “These standards encompass all aspects of health care ranging from safety and pain management to listening skills and exemplifying respect.”
“Although every co-worker in the home health and hospice department are worthy of the recognition, Kathy’s nominations stood out this year,” commented Davied.
One of Kathy’s patients shared, “She goes above and beyond the call of duty. Kathy took the time to help me and my husband. If we were in need or had a question, she would come and help no matter what. When I got sick, I called Kathy to come over to see what the problem was. When she got here, I found out it was her day off, but she came anyway. She really cares about her patients. She is a wonderful lady and nurse.”
Upon learning she was the recipient of the award, Kathy, who’s worked for Mercy 34 years, said, “If it wasn’t for outstanding teamwork, our patients wouldn’t have such kind words to share.”
“I am fortunate to work with wonderful patients and co-workers. It’s made each day for the past 34 years rewarding,” added Kathy.
Mercy Home Health was established in November 1978 and today serves approximately 900 annually, providing in-home nursing care, therapy services and medication administration among other services. In July 2012, hospice care was added to the scope of services. Both services span a five county area in Kansas.
For more information about Mercy Home Health and Hospice, call 620-223-8090.