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Congratulations to our April Employee of the Month, Shalina Scott!

Shalina has been with us for 4 months and has made a great impact.  She is a hard worker and has stepped up to do, not only Dietary Cook, but also Housekeeping.  She even gets to do laundry!

Shalina has 4 children, Neal and Rebecca Scott and Jack and Penelope Harisson.  Penelope comes to the center with her mom sometimes and we all get to spoil her!  Shalina’s hobbies include gardening, reading, sewing and cooking.

Shalina was nominated by two employees who have this to say about her, “When there is work to be done or help needed with anything, Shalina is quick to jump in and help out.  On Saturday, we had a water leak in the breakroom.  I asked Shalina for the mop from the kitchen and before I could grab a wet floor sign, she was already cleaning up the mess that I had intended to clean.  On Sunday when setting up the tower garden, Shalina came and lent a helping hand.  I appreciate her hard work and willingness to step in wherever needed and just jump in and do even if she’s busy doing other things!!

Shalina is always willing to come in and help when needed.  She comes to work and helps when someone calls in.  She made dinner rolls and is going to teach the other cooks how to make them.  She makes a lot of foods from scratch and gives suggestions for vegan dishes.  She is always pleasant and residents love her.  When she works in the kitchen, she often works housekeeping that same day.  She is open for change and gives suggestions on how to make something work better.  She is also good at keeping the aides on a good time line.

When we asked Shalina why she enjoys what she does, she said, “I enjoy getting to work with staff here and I love when I get to cook.  Seeing how much the people enjoy the work we put into their meals makes me happy and I enjoy bringing joy to them.  I love to make people smile.”

You make all of us smile Shalina, thanks for your good example.

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April 6th, 2019 – Thank you to these wonderful young ladies who visited our Residents last Saturday before their Prom. What a bright spot in our Resident’s day!

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No Comments on Celebrating “Lab Professionals Week”

Callaway Good Life Center honored our Callaway District Hospital Laboratory Staff today for “Lab Professional Week” with meat and cheese tray, to say THANK YOU for your awesome services to our center! We love seeing you gals
and appreciate each of you!
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Callaway Good Life Center delivered some goodies to our Docs today in honor of “National Doctor’s Day! We thank you all for your wonderful and compassionate care you give to our Residents! Our staff appreciate all you do for us and we love working with you! WE ARE BLESSED!

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Cris Sierks, LPN/ DON Assistant


Congratulations to our March, 2019, Employee of the Month, Cris Sierks.

Cris is a LPN /MDS Coordinator /Director of Nursing Assistant.  She began her career as a C.N.A, then earned her Nursing degree as an LPN and has served our facility since 2013.

She enjoys camping, fishing, travelling, and spending time with her family.  She has been married for 20 years and has 4 children, and 9 grandchildren.  Cris graduated from Callaway High School and her Mom still lives in the community.

Cris’ co-workers nominated her twice this month.  They said, “Cris stepped up on day shift today and didn’t hesitate to lend a hand with resident care as we were short staffed.  She asked who she could help with and what needed done.  This made a stressful morning go smoothly for all.  Thanks, Cris!”

They also nominated her by stating, “Cris spends days at a time away from home to be at work!  She has come in in the wee hours of the morning to ensure a 1-1 Resident is properly supervised so staff can care for others.  Cris helps the charge nurse with assessments and documentation.  She has spent hours calling and getting staff to cover shifts.  This list could go on forever, but Cris gives 1000% for our residents.  Thank You Cris.  Cris also makes sure our MDS Assessments are completed accurately and that we are in compliance with CMS regulations. She is a key player in our success.

We asked Cris why she enjoys what she does, and she said “I have always enjoyed the Long Term setting and caring for residents as a nurse.  I took on MDS Coordinator when I was unable to work on the floor.”  We are blessed to have you on our team.

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March is Social Work Month! The Department Heads made a pasta bar and fruit pizza to celebrate! Thanks to all who made the wonderful food!

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Irish Eyes are Smiling”” today as we celebrated with an early St. Patrick’s Day party! Chester’s Fried Chicken, White and Green Cake and Green Sherbet Punch to boot! Wishing everyone the” Luck of the Irish” in finding your “Pot of Gold”!

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Laurie DeLaune – February Employee of the Month!

Callaway Good Life Center February 2019 Employee of the Month


Congratulations to our February Employee of the Month, Laurie DeLaune

Laurie has been a C N A for the Callaway Good Life Center for the past 8 years.  She has recently taken on the duties of Restorative Aide as well. 

Laurie enjoys being outdoors, sewing and playing the piano.  She has 3 daughters, Emily, Shalina, Michaela and husband Brad.  Laurie also has 4 grandchildren, Neal, Rebecca, Jack and Penelope.

Laurie’s co-workers had this to say about her, “Laurie is a huge help on transports.  She lends a hand with loading and unloading, securing straps and seeing to the comfort of our residents.  She knows her way around the hospitals and makes sure our resident is where they need to be.  The time driving goes by so quickly because of the lively chit-chat.  Thank You Laurie for riding along!”

We asked Laurie why she enjoys her job and she had this to say, “I enjoy the interaction with our residents.  They’ve become family.  It’s a good feeling to be able to care for their needs, comfort them and enjoy life with them.

Laurie, your quiet demeanor is soothing.  You get your job done and you are not afraid to take on new responsibilities.  Thank You for your service!

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Congratulations to our January 2019, Employee of the Month, Melissa Jorgenson.

Melissa is the Environmental Services Director for CGLC. She oversees the housekeeping and laundry activities.  She is also in charge of making sure we are all safe while we work.  Melissa began her career as a Certified Nursing assistant, and has taken on the role of EVS Director.  She also does the purchasing and handles the organization of all the supplies.  On top of all of her duties here she also works as the Assistant manager at the Grand Generation Manor, is an active EMT and on the Callaway Fire Department.

Melissa is married to Pat Jorgenson and they have a charming daughter named Alley.  We look forward to Family get-togethers because she brings Alley, who jumps right in and helps! She enjoys walking and hiking, and spending time with her daughter, grandparents and amazing friends.

Melissa’s co-workers nominated her and had this to say about her, “Melissa saw I was trying to load my 11 chairs and folding table in my vehicle after the Family Christmas Party and she came over, loaded the bags of table cloths in my Durango and helped load the chairs and table for me.  It was much appreciated after a long day.  Thank You Melissa!”  They also wrote, “Melissa did a great job organizing, planning and hosting our facility Christmas party.  Everyone seemed to enjoy it!”

We asked Melissa why she loves what she does, and she replied, “I enjoy what I do at CGLC because every day I get to learn from experienced, knowledgeable, and charming people who always fill my days with joy.  Every single person at CGLC has their talents and special gifts and I love to see the interactions between the employees and residents.  I love to hear the memories they share, and to help make a difference any way I can.  It isn’t considered “work” if you enjoy what you do.”

We are grateful that Melissa is on our staff.  Not only is she a caring person and hard worker, but her dedication to her job means we are all better off and can serve our residents to the best of our ability.  Thank you Melissa for all you do.

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