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They Stay Because They Care

From L to R: Bob Speelman, Stephanie Eville, Liz Verlinger

December 6, 2018
I spent the day at Brunswick Pointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, our brand new 90 bed all private room, skilled nursing facility in Brunswick. Liz Verlinger is the Administrator at Brunswick Pointe and she is doing an outstanding job there. I had the privilege of working with Stephanie Eville, an STNA at Brunswick Pointe since July of this year. Stephanie, 28, has six children ranging from 11 to 1 ½ years old. Needless to say, Stephanie is a busy woman! After working a short time with Stephanie, you could tell she loved being a mom and she loved caring for people. Her interactions with the residents were so loving and kind.

Several of the residents had great things to say about Stephanie:

“She is so welcoming and has such a wonderful personality.”
“She’s the best! She does so much for us.”
One resident’s wife said, “She takes such good care of my husband, we just love her!”

Stephanie said she became an STNA because she was considering becoming a nurse and wanted to get her feet wet and see if this was the field for her. I can say without a doubt it is! More and more I’m finding on this journey that the outstanding care givers have a heart and a passion for Caring. They may have gotten into the field because they needed a job but they have not been staying because of that. They have stayed nursing assistants because they care.

As we strive as a company to become a Culture of Care, we need more and more team members in every one of our departments that care and want to make a difference; a difference in activities, a difference by giving our residents a clean and safe environment to live, a difference in giving our resident great tasting food; these are the things that build the ultimate package of A Culture of Care.

We just completed an exercise with our Administrators- the leaders of our company. We discussed our Mission Statement and our Culture of Care. We then set out to come up with our Core Values as a company; those behaviors that will help us become a Culture of Care. Here is the list of Core Values we as a team came up with:

1. NEVER about the role, ALWAYS about the goal
2. Do what is right, even when no one is watching - INTEGRITY
3. Don’t find fault. Find a remedy
4. Our Residents do not live in our Workplace, we work in their Home
5. Be the Reason. Be the Reason that resident smiled today, that nurse went home on time, the housekeeper had one less spill to clean up.
6. Make a Difference Every Day
7. LISTEN then respond
8. Feel EMPATHY, show SINCERITY, provide DIGNITY, experience PROSPERITY. Be better; ALWAYS
9. Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit
10. Work alongside your staff. Sweep floors, pick up trash, serve trays, earn their respect – Don’t expect it
11. Walk the Talk
12. You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter the outcome

Pretty powerful list! I’m excited where we are headed as a company and what we are striving to become as a Culture of Care. By working alongside team members like Stephanie, I know we are getting there!

Bob Speelman, STNA

Brunswick Pointe Website

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