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Setting the World On Fire



Left to right: Fatmata Dawson, Bob Speelman, and Mary Francis


December 2, 2019

This past Sunday, I spent the day at McNaughten Pointe, our 141-bed facility in Columbus. Michael Fatica is the administrator there and is doing an outstanding job building our Culture of Care. As soon as I got to the facility, I saw Mary Francis walking down the hallway toward me and I gave her a big hug. Mary Francis has been an STNA at McNaughten Pointe for 36 years and she is a mother to all the staff and residents alike. She is one of the most compassionate and professional STNA's I've ever hard the honor of know and consider her a dear friend.  


Mary Francis told me, "You will LOVE working with Fatmata, she is like a daughter to me." I was introduced to Fatmata Dawson and we got after caring for our residents. As we worked, I found out at Fatmata is 34. She came to America from Liberia when she was just a teenager. She is married, has a son that's 9, a daughter that's 7, and her youngest daughter is 18 months old.


Fatmata has been at McNaughten for 14 years. During her first three years, she worked in housekeeping, but she wanted to do more hands-on care with the residents, so she became an STNA and hasn't looked back since. I asked her if she wanted to become a nurse and she told me once her kids are older, she will think about it.


Fatmata's rapport with the residents was amazing to see. She spoke to them as if they were a family member and her love and kindness were utterly heartwarming. As we talked about her life outside of McNaughten, Fatmata told me she has a group of close friends that she gets together with regularly. They look for projects to raise money for and help with. Recently they raised $500 for Nationwide Children's Hospital. Currently, they are working to raise funds for the Homeless in Columbus. Fatmata also sends money back to Liberia each month to help her mother and family back there. She is doing all this while raising three young children. Fatmata represents all that is good about America and humanity.


We have pins that we give out to exceptional employees that go above and beyond and live out our Culture of Care. The pins say, "Who I am makes a difference." I gave one of those pins to Mary Francis and gave her two more to give to others. She told me she wanted to give one of them to Fatmata. Below is the video of Mary Francis give Fatmata the pin.




I had the best time with the team at McNaughten Pointe. Throughout the day, the RN supervisor, Judy Whiteley, who has been with us a long time and everyone adores and respects, kept bringing new employees over to introduce to me. I told her at one point, "You know we are going to have to take a family photo before I leave." That's exactly what we did!




"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire."

St. Catherine of Siena


Fatmata, Mary Francis, Judy, and the entire team at McNaughten Pointe. I love and respect all of you so much. Keep making a difference. You are setting the world on fire!


Bob Speelman, STNA

Each week, Bob Speelman visits a Foundations Health Solutions nursing home. He works alongside a variety of departments to ensure Foundations Health is excelling in the vision of founder Brian Colleran's "Culture of Care." Foundations Health continues to practice the principles nursing home developer Brian Colleran instilled, such as resident and family satisfaction, positive employee culture, and investment in the community.

McNaughten Pointe

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