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Employees of the Month

Good Samaritan Center and Dacier Manor are blessed with many wonderful employees. These individuals minister to our long-term and short-term members and guests who need the most care. Monthly, an employee who works at either GSC or Dacier Manor is recognized as the Employee of the Month during an informal ceremony. The process of picking one employee to honor is not easy; there are usually multiple nominations from members, families members, and fellow staff members. While the list on this page is incomplete, as the year progresses, each month will reveal what a staff of hard working, dedicated individuals we have. If you would like to nominate a Good Samaritan Center or Dacier Manor employee for this honor, click here.
 

Felix Santos
GSC & Dacier Employee of the Month
January 2017

    The book of Proverbs says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Though his job description doesn’t include dispensing medication, Felix regularly treats those he meets with a dose of good cheer. The staff member who nominated him for this award wrote:
    “As I was driving to work and thinking about how tired I was and all I needed to do at home, I found myself wishing I didn’t have to go at all. That feeling of dread for the day ahead stayed with me until I walked in the door and the first person I met was Felix. He flashed that big welcoming smile and gave me a friendly greeting. I reflected on the fact that he seems to be delighted to be here.
    “I think he really loves his job and shows it. He works hard to take care of his housekeeping duties, frequently singing Christmas carols as he works, and shares good cheer wherever he goes. His smile and those reflections turned my ‘down’ day into a much better one.”close

Herman McComas
GSC & Dacier Employee of the Month
February 2017

    Herman was originally part of the construction crew that completed a whole-house renovation at GSC over a three-year period ending in 2015. When that project was over, he filled an opening in GSC's maintenance department and has since been promoted to Director of Plant Operations.
    His knowledge of how to maintain and repair things grew out of a career in the Public Works Department of Hollywood, Florida, from which he retired in his 40s.
    Herman was nominated for this award by a co-worker who is grateful for his promptness and efficiency and the happy spirit he shows while meeting a multitude of needs every day.
    Herman enjoys working, but he enjoys working at GSC even more because of his personal contact with residents. Busy as he always is, he still makes time for a friendly chat and takes an interest in each person he serves.close

Rhonda Carlton, LPN
GSC & Dacier Employee of the Month
March 2017

    From the time she began her employment at GSC last May, Rhonda has been appreciated by her co-workers. Here are a few quotations from her nomination:
    “This nurse goes above and beyond her daily duties to assist the CNAs to aid in their work load. As she’s given extra tasks, she takes them head on and NEVER complains. She has a calm and caring demeanor, and is great in challenging situations. She is very approachable and always willing to lend a helping hand unbegrudgingly. She shows exemplary work ethics and is very caring and patient.”
    Thank you, Rhonda, for good work done with the attitude that helps make Good Samaritan Center a happy place to live and to work.close

Marilyn Filion, LPN
GSC & Dacier Employee of the Month
April 2017

    During her 15 years of caring for residents at GSC, Marilyn has won her place in the hearts of fellow staff members and those they serve. She received this award in 2008 and again in 2012. That means that out of 200+ eligible employees, Marilyn has the rare distinction of being a three-time winner.
    The co-worker who nominated her this time wrote, “She is a real asset to GSC and a joy for both staff and residents alike. I have had numerous interactions with her over the past year and should have nominated her many times in the past.”
    One resident remarked about her, “I just feel better when she is on duty.”
    Whether she’s showing the kind of cooperation and helpfulness that pleases co-workers or providing for special food preferences of a resident, or buying birdseed for those outside-the-window visitors, Marilyn is one who is willing and ready to do even more than her fair share to help make ours is a happy home.close

Vikki Gamble, CNA
GSC & Dacier Employee of the Month
May 2017

    For family members of nursing home residents, a very important matter is the attitude shown by staff towards their loved ones.
    This is the second time Vikki has won this award and been recognized as an outstanding example of compassionate care.
    The nomination included among other nice compliments:
    “She is always cheerful and loving with all of the residents. ... I rest assured that my mother will be in excellent hands when Vikki is taking care of her. I also observe that she is very efficient, patient and loving with all of the residents. ... She always gives my mama sweet smiles and affection. It is so reassuring to have staff show love and kindness to the residents.”
    Congratulations, Vikki, and thank you for all you do to make life better for our residents. You help put the “home” into nursing home life.close

James Waters, CNA
GSC & Dacier Employee of the Month
June 2017

    James has worked at Good Samaritan for less than a year, but he came to us with many years of experience as a CNA. He has quickly won appreciation here from residents and fellow staff members.
    One of his nominations for this award came from a resident who wrote, "Best CNA I have had while here, does anything he is asked."
    A co-worker started her nomination with "James Waters, what a wonderful CNA. We are so blessed to have him here and part of our Good Samaritan family."
    A total of four nominations included among other compliments, "Always respectful ... works with a smile ... patient ... kind ... gentle ... wonderful with my granny ... I always look forward to working with him."     Congratulations, James, and thank you for adding so much to the happiness of our home and place of work.close

Amerette Ridgeway
GSC & Dacier Employee of the Month
July 2017

    Amerette works in one of those out-of-the-way offices where most of us do not go most of the time. Usually those who visit her (including about 50 nurses and about 100 CNAs) are there for some kind of information or help related to their continuing education, license, or certification documents. Amerette always has the answer or knows where to find it.
    Another regular job for her is the typing and printing of the hundreds of menus residents find at their places three times a day in the dining rooms.
    While she is forever willing to help, courteous and caring, Amerette truly went above and beyond during the recent CNA certification renewal period. She came in early, stayed late, and prompted staff with phone calls and written notices to assure that each CNA had completed their necessary training and their certification renewal. Because she has many other duties, she spent a great deal of her personal time to assist the CNAs at GSC during this time. She did it all with a smile and without complaint. We are so very lucky to have someone so dedicated.close

Sharon Lytle, Cook
GSC & Dacier Employee of the Month
August 2017

    Sharon wins the appreciation of her co-workers in the kitchen by being the go-to person when there is a problem.
    Working against a deadline always requires diligence and the ability to adjust when unpleasant events occur. When the job has three built-in deadlines every day, weekends included, unexpected problems can grow into major difficulties in a hurry.
    Her nomination for this award referred to one of those unexpected problems:
    “She pulled together a fantastic meal when food didn’t come on the truck. She prepared an enchilada and stuffed pepper casserole to substitute for chicken enchiladas and stuffed peppers. She found a recipe online in her off time. She takes great pride in the food she prepares and does her best to make residents feel at home.”
    Thanks, Sharon, for showing a delicious combination of ingenuity and skill when it was needed most.close

Katrina Fillyaw, GSC Assistant Administrator
GSC & Dacier Employee of the Month
September 2017

    Katrina began her work here in 2008 as a CNA. She has worked in several departments gaining a wealth of experience. In 2010 after earning a bachelor’s degree in health care administration, she became Administrator in Training at GSC. In 2015 she became a licensed nursing home administrator and continues to serve in that capacity as Assistant Administrator.
    Katrina was nominated for this award by two co-workers. Here is a quotation from the nomination: “Katrina has a big heart and cares for staff and residents at GSC. She will accept any task assigned to her and always gives 100 percent. Recently, when GSC had no food service director for almost two months, she accepted that responsibility as well. She learned to complete the food order, scheduled the dietary staff, and insured our residents had everything they needed. Katrina is always dependable and will do whatever is necessary for our residents.”close

Gregory Ivey, Housekeeping
GSC & Dacier Employee of the Month
October 2017

    He is known as "Greg" to most of his fellow employees. He is also known for seeing his role here as one that goes beyond keeping the building clean and safe. His manner of personal interaction with other staff and residents caught the attention of one who wrote on his nomination card, "He started here working in the kitchen. He always had a positive attitude even during transition times when there were challenges to everyone. He transferred to the Housekeeping Department in March and takes great pride in his work. He pays great attention to detail, greets the residents and the staff as he sees them, and is a dedicated worker. Sometimes it is the little things that you observe when he interacts with the residents that make him stand out. I think he is a positive role model for new employees also. I hope his dedication will not be overlooked, but applauded.”close

Kasey Cannon, LPN
GSC & Dacier Employee of the Month
November 2016

    Kasey is known by fellow staff and residents as the one who is always calm, quiet and efficient. Recently, during an especially tense time, those qualities shone brightly.
    An ambulance had been called for transporting a resident to the hospital. As the ambulance crew arrived, a different resident developed much more acute symptoms, making it plain that the crew needed to be redirected toward the more urgent case first. Nurse Kasey orchestrated the change in plans for the EMTs, telephoned needed information to the emergency room, reassured the more critical resident’s spouse, charted the necessary information into the computer, and still “kept her hall humming.”
    The physician who nominated her wrote in conclusion, “Everyone on the unit pitched in and worked together, but I was particularly impressed with this nurse’s level head under pressure.”close

Wanda Rodriguez, Medical Supplies
GSC & Dacier Employee of the Month
December 2016

    Wanda does one of those jobs at GSC that goes unseen by most of us most of the time. However, the quiet efficiency with which she performs her many duties makes everyone’s life and work experience better.
    She is responsible for maintaining a working inventory of all of the medical supplies in the facility. That means she keeps track of how many of each item are on hand, and knows the usage rate of each so she can make timely purchases.
    When ordering new supplies, she knows which vendors are likely to offer the best price and best quality, and sometimes negotiates and “shops” so she can get the best possible deal for our home and the residents who live here.
    Wanda wins appreciation from administration for being a top notch purchasing agent and from fellow staff members for meeting their many needs quickly and cheerfully.close