Callaway Good Life Center is sending a shout out to our Activity Director Jeanie Peterson as we celebrated National Activities Professionals week! God Bless and thank you for all you do Jeanie!
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Congratulations to our January, 2020, Employee of the Month, Laurie DeLaune Laurie DeLaune is a Certified Nurse Aide for the Callaway Good Life Center. She has been here for over 9 years. While working here Laurie has taken on many responsibilities. She saw a need for drivers and has learned to drive the bus and the van in order to take residents to appointments when she can. She is also our restorative aide and helps the residents with exercises that help them remain active and in good physical health. Laurie has 3 daughters, Emily and Michaela of Lincoln, and Shalina who lives here in Callaway. She has 4 grandchildren, and loves to dote on them every chance she gets! Laurie’s hobbies include sewing and spending time with her family. Laurie’s co-workers nominated her and had this to say, “Laurie helped corral the flood water in the break room when a pipe burst during the cold stretch. She cleaned up water as fast as she could while taking a shower at the same time. Thanks Laurie!” “I was to take a resident to the hospital and would need help so Cris said I could take Laurie with me. I told Laurie we needed to take the bus because it would be difficult to take the van. Laurie said she thought we could take the van and I told her I could not push the wheelchair up the ramp. She came back later and said she would take the resident and would have the girls help put her in the van. Thank you Laurie.” We asked Laurie why she enjoys her many jobs and she replied, “I enjoy helping the residents have a better quality life and being able to live it to the fullest. They are like family to me and always brighten my day.” You brighten our day too, Laurie! Keep up the excellent work and thank you for all you do!
Congratulations to our December Employee of the Month, Karen Bomberger Karen is the Office Manager for the Callaway Good Life Center and began working here in October of 2013. Prior to working here, Karen taught school, worked at Tenneco Automotive in Cozad in many different capacities and at BD in Broken Bow in many different capacities. Karen enjoys sewing, crafting and playing the piano. She lives in Oconto with husband Glen. Tim Bomberger lives in Fall City and Tom(Amy) Bomberger lives in Lincoln. They have 2 grandchildren, Samantha and Frank who live in Lincoln. Karen’s Co-workers nominated her, and had this to say, “Karen brings her own items to the facility to make it beautiful! Thank you for the very Christmassy front dining room!”, and “Karen is always willing to step up and plan, organize, and create our décor and yard decorations to make our facility look festive. She seldom asks for help, and she has the talent some of us don’t. Thanks.” When asked why she enjoys her job, Karen has this to say, “I enjoy the interactions I have with our residents and staff. I make sure that I get to spend time talking, and reminiscing with our residents. I enjoy the times I get to play the piano for the sing-a-longs, and I think I know just about everyone’s favorite hymn! Anytime I can get out from behind my desk and spend time with the residents is a blessing. Thanks for letting me to work here!”
Rural Health Development (RHD) is the Managing Company that is contracted to manage the Callaway Good Life Center. Two times a year, RHD gives out awards to Management Team Members that have excelled in their positions at the facilities. Melissa Jorgenson joins Janel Brestel, Social Services (2015); Cris Sierks, MDS Coordinator (2015); Sue Oman, Medical Records/Staff Development/QA Coordinator (2016); and Vicky Hendricks, Administrator (2015) in receiving this award for 2019. Melissa is the most diversified employee at Callaway Good Life Center. She is not only the supervisor for Housekeeping and Laundry; she is the Safety Coordinator and the QA Coordinator. Melissa organizes and handles the Fire Drills, and all of the items that come with the Life Safety Codes. All I have to do is ask about a code and she usually can just recite the code and explain it to me. She takes the initiative to research things that pertain to her job and then learn everything she can about that item. She took over Coordinating the Quality Assurance Program without hesitation when she was asked. She was a true leader in developing the Facility Assessment when the implementation dates were quickly approaching, Melissa is also an EMT and Fireman for the local fire department, which has helped her in the development of the Disaster Program. Melissa continues to keep these assessments and programs current to insure we remain in compliance with the regulations. Melissa is also a part of the Employee Celebration Committee which helps us to recognize all of the wonderful employees that work at Callaway Good Life Center. She is always willing to volunteer for any project that is put out there. Melissa goes above and beyond in her duties at the facility and was the perfect candidate for the employee of the year. CGLC thanks Melissa for her dedication and RHD for their generosity in recognizing employees that make a difference.
Congratulations to our November Employee of the month, Nora Bonsack.
Nora has been a Certified Nurse Assistant at the Callaway Good Life Center since October of 2013. She has experience working as a C N A in two different care centers and she takes care of people in their homes. Nora enjoys gardening, yardwork, and sewing. She has demonstrated her sewing skills for our facility by making bags to hold wheelchair foot pedals for the residents. Nora has a brother in Lexington and a sister in Eddyville.
Nora was nominated by staff, and they said that Nora has been working hard at getting dietary staff room tray lists ASAP and delivering meal trays to rooms in a very quick manor. She also makes sure that meal intake is always charted in the computer and that is much appreciated!
We asked Nora why she enjoys doing what she does, and she said, “I get to know the residents and helping them when they need something makes life easier for them.”
Nora always has a smile and her jolly, upbeat way with the residents has endeared her to them.
Thanks Nora for all that you do!
This month is National Hospice Month! We celebrated this group from ASERA care Hospice today with a potato bar! God Bless you all for your loving and compassionate service to our residents, families and staff! We love you all as our own!! Thank you for always being there for us!!
Yesterday the Callaway Good Life Center hosted about 90 youth from our area communities for a CAPABLE tour! Thank to these young adults and their sponsors for attending! We hope you learned a little about a Skilled Nursing Facility and just some of the career paths that are available! Thanks also to our staff and therapists for joining us in this informational gathering!