The BEE Award recognizes excellence in any clinical or
non-clinical member of the CHS staff (other than nurses who are eligible for a separate
award called The DAISY Award). Patients, visitors, physicians, volunteers,
nurses, and other employees may nominate a deserving team member.
Carrie is one of four nominees—along with Certified Nurses Aides
Kacie Hoch and Nicole Merwin and Environmental Services Supervisor Toby
Paige—who display excellent character and commitment in the care they deliver
to patients and colleagues. A selection committee reviews nominations without
seeing the staff names.
“We are exceptionally proud of these four nominees,” said CHS
Chief Executive Officer Joben Rieth. “They represent the best of what we aspire
to throughout Coffey Health System. The BEE Award is special because it
recognizes the impact all associates can have on the patient/resident’s
Christina Stohs (pictured above) nominated Carrie for the care she gives
residents at CHS’s assisted living department, The Meadows. Carrie has
coordinated activities for twelve years and worked closely with the residents.
Stohs read her nomination at the presentation: “Carrie is the
most unique, caring, and compassionate caregiver at The Meadows. My
grandparents became residents of The Meadows in 2016. Upon their arrival,
Carrie welcomed them as if she was ‘assigned’ to them as a caregiver. She knew
the transition was difficult and did ‘everything’ to make it as easy as
possible. My grandfather (who died in 2020) was a very ornery yet witty old
man. He would tease her and joke with her every time he saw her, and she would
give it right back to him. I was so impressed with how she didn’t even have to
try to make him laugh. She was just herself with him and he favored her for it.
Carrie took time out of her day on a regular basis to make it a point to stop
in and visit with them. She didn’t have to, that wasn’t her job, she did it
because she truly cared. After he passed, my grandmother was struggling as
COVID didn’t allow for any visitors. She had never lived alone. It was hard.
Carrie went above and beyond to make sure she included my grandmother in any
and all activities she might be interested in. To this day, my grandmother will
tell you that Carrie has a special place in her heart and still very much
enjoys her time with Carrie. I don’t think you can ask for anything more than
that. A bond built from compassion, kindness and the will to help even when you
don’t have to. She’s continued to go the extra ‘miles’ it takes to ensure my
grandmother is more than just taken care of but that she is genuinely happy.
The whole Stohs family is so grateful for Carrie and feels extremely blessed
that she is in my grandmother’s life.”
Nominations for both the BEE and DAISY awards can be submitted
online at www.coffeyhealth.org/patient-experience.
To receive a nomination form, contact Shelly Moss at (620) 364-4550.
“Simply having someone take the time to write a thoughtful
nomination is—in and of itself—worthy of acknowledgment,” said Moss. “Special
pins are presented to all nominees to recognize their work. These pins also
help build awareness of The BEE Award and ensure meaningful recognition goes on
all year long.”