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July 2014 Employee of the Month: Ashley Graber

Maryville Employee of the Month Ashley Graber (left) is congratulated by Resident Care Manager Linda Hopkins, R.N.

She’s always willing to help out and always has a smile on her face.

That’s how colleagues describe Ashley Graber, named Employee of the Month for July 2014.

Ashley is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who floats between service in the West wing and West Annex. She joined the Maryville staff last April.

Ashley, who has two young daughters, enjoys camping and fishing in her spare time.

Her colleagues say that Ashley ensures that residents are well cared for. They say she is willing to do what is asked of her and always does it well.

Most of all, says Resident Care Manager (RCM) Linda Hopkins, R.N., Ashley cares deeply about Maryville residents and her colleagues on the Maryville staff.

Congratulations to Ashley Graber: Maryville Employee of the Month.

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June 2014 Employee of the Month: Jacob Anderson

Jacob Anderson, Maryville Employee of the Month

Since Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Jacob Anderson joined Maryville in Sept. 2013, his colleagues have praised his work and his caring nature with residents.

On June 5, they made it official – naming him Employee of the Month.

A native of DeKalb, Georgia, Jacob received training in culinary arts and CNA but chose to follow his heart and pursue a career in nursing care.

Director of Nursing Delores Focht congratulates Employee of the Month Jacob Anderson

He comes from a large extended family now living in the Seattle area. In his spare time, he visits his retired parents.

He enjoys all sports – playing basketball, football and baseball (his favorite). He says he’d also like to try hockey.

Jacob enjoys working at Maryville because “the staff makes it fun and the residents add to it.” He adds, “Maryville has a way of getting things done in a timely and efficient manner that’s best for the residents.”

He says he is “always willing to help if I can.” His colleagues agree. So do Maryville residents.

Congratulations to Jacob Anderson – Maryville Employee of the Month!

Video bonus: Watch as Director of Nursing Delores Focht surprises Jacob Anderson with the news that he is Employee of the Month.

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May 2014 Employee of the Month: Yeimi Hurtado

Yeimi Hurtado, Maryville Employee of the Month

Yeimi Hurtado was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. She came to the United States in 2002 and later graduated from Glencoe High School in Hillsboro.

Yeimi came to Maryville in April 2012 to work as a caregiver at Maryville Memory Care (MMC). Yeimi has been an outstanding caregiver in nearly every way imaginable. First and foremost, she is kind to the residents and staff. Her caring approach can be seen in any interaction; whether gently washing the mouth of a resident who has just eaten or comforting a resident who is worried.

Yeimi pays great attention to detail, which is vital in her role when passing medications or reviewing care plan information. Yeimi is also a hard worker who does not shy away from difficult tasks and she does this with a smile on her face. Finally, Yeimi is creative in her problem solving and approaches with residents, which is an important skill when caring for those with memory loss.

Yeimi says she enjoys working at Maryville because of the residents whom she cares for and the supportive team at MMC .

Yeimi and her husband, Daniel, have one son, Dylan, who is four years old. Yeimi enjoys spending time with her family, taking Dylan to the park and reading books with him.  Yeimi is a great dancer and enjoys the hitting the dance floor to Salsa on occasion.

Congratulations,Yeimi! Thank you for providing such wonderful “Service with Love”!

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April 2014 Employee of the Month: Emily Becker

Maryville Employee of the Month Emily Becker

Emily Becker started working at Maryville Nursing Home in September 2011.  She was hired in the Dietary Department as a dishwasher/diet aide, working part-time after school and on weekends.

Emily is a very bright and energetic person who enjoys a challenge.  Over the last 2 ½ years, she has worked hard to learn the different roles in the department.

She has trained to work in the dining room, in the dietary office, as the baker and, most recently, as relief cook on the evening shift, working mostly on weekends.

After high school, Emily enrolled in Portland Community College for one year before transferring to Portland State University (PSU), where she is currently in her junior year.  Emily is majoring in micro/molecular biology. Her career goal is to become a medical lab scientist.  She wants to work as much as possible this summer to help fund her goal of getting into the clinical laboratory science program at the Oregon Institute of Technology.

Emily has one sister and two brothers.  At home, she loves to cook and bake. That love shines in her work at Maryville. Emily enjoys crocheting, reading & playing the violin.  And it’s not surprising that, given her culinary skills, she also “loves dessert.”


You will recognize Emily if you see a flash in the hall; we think she may secretly be an Olympic speedwalker.

Thank you, Emily, for your outstanding work here at Maryville. You truly provide Service with Love!

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March 2014 Employee of the Month: Jacey Rhodes

Resident Care Manager (RCM) Shalane Free (left) and Assistant Administrator Michael Kilbury (right) congratulate March 2014 Employee of the Month Jacey Rhodes.

Jacey Rhodes, a charge nurse at Maryville, has been honored as March 2014 Employee of the Month.

Charge nurses supervise and support a nursing staff while also treating a limited number of patients. Charge nurses are responsible for maintaining a high level of patient care. They evaluate and act as an educational resource for other nurses.

After dabbling in finance and dental hygiene, Jacey earned a nursing degree from Lower Columbia College in her hometown of Longview, Wash.  Jacey came to Maryville in December 2012.

When asked about why she chose nursing, Jacey responded that it was the area that most interested her and that she “likes to help people.”  This sentiment is evident in her day-to-day practice.  Jacey likes taking care of the residents she works with and this keeps her coming back every day.  She also likes working for Maryville because it is “family-oriented.”

Jacey has a family of her own to take care of at home, which consists of her husband of two years, Adam, and their two Golden Retriever mixes who accompany them on their outdoor excursions. Jacey enjoys being outside and loves clamming and fishing.

At Maryville, Jacey gets along well with her nursing team and is loved by those residents she serves.

More photos from the Employee of the Month announcement are available on our Flickr site.

Congratulations to Jacey Rhodes: Maryville’s Employee of the Month for March 2014!

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February 2014 Employee of the Month: Fabiola Rios

Fabiola Rios - Maryville Employee of the Month - February 2014

Congratulations to Fabiola Rios on being selected as Maryville’s Employee of the Month for February 2014!

Fabiola Rios was born in Chihuahua, Mexico.  She came to the United States in 1991.  In 1998, she moved to Oregon. She joined the staff at Maryville in 2000, working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

She stayed in her role as a CNA for three years until she was approached by Sr. Geraldine, who was the administrator of Maryville at the time, about becoming a Certified Medication Aide (CMA).  At the time Fabiola was pregnant with her youngest child. Sr. Geraldine assisted with getting her soon-to-arrive daughter, Kiara, on the waiting list for Little Flower Development Center, known today as Valley Catholic Early Learning School.

Fabiola says she likes “everything” about working at Maryville: the residents and her co-workers. When not at work, she enjoys reading mysteries and watching classic movies.

Fabiola is a nurse in her Mexico. She is also a licensed contractor.  She and husband Victor have been married for 22 years and have 3 children; Pablo (21), Tania (18) and Kiara (10).

Thank you, Fabiola, for the outstanding work you do at Maryville and for your Service with Love!

 

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December Employee of the Month: Naomi Tanner

December 2013 Employee of the Month: Naomi Tanner

Naomi Tanner came to work at Maryville in September of 2008.

Born in Roseburg, she is a native Oregonian with three sisters and two brothers and “lots of nieces and nephews.”

Naomi has earned a certificate in massage therapy and has been licensed as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for more than five years.

She enjoys her role as a CNA because of the interaction with those who live here and the fact that she is making a difference in their lives.

When she is not at work, Naomi enjoys sewing and quilting and doing “crafty stuff.”

During this holiday season, Naomi will be hosting Christmas for her family.

Thank you, Naomi, for your hard work and dedication to those who live here.

We congratulate you for being selected as the December Employee of the Month!

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November Employee of the Month: Isaiah Maina

November 2013 Employee of the Month: Isaiah Maina

Isaiah Maina moved from Kenya to the United States in December 2008. In Kenya, Isaiah worked as an elementary school teacher, educating students in the sciences, math and religion.

In 2009, he came to Maryville to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Isaiah worked the night shift as a CNA for approximately two years prior to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Isaiah is called to care for people. Even before becoming a teacher in Kenya, he hoped to become a nurse. It was not until his move to the United States that he was able to fulfill this goal.

He enjoys working at Maryville for multiple reasons; meeting the needs of his residents brings him happiness and he knows that just listening to them can be meaningful. In Kenya, he spent many days in Catholic communities. Maryville, he has said,  feels like “home far away from home.”

When he is not working, Isaiah enjoys spending time with his wife, Mercy, and their three children, all under the age of 6.  Coworkers comment on Isaiah’s calm demeanor and the genuine kindness he gives to all he comes into contact with.

Thank you, Isaiah, for the outstanding work you do at Maryville and for your Service with Love!

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October Employee of the Month: Carmela Klingenberg

October 2013 Employee of the Month: Carmela Klingenberg

Carmela came to the United States in 2010.  She was born and previously lived in the Philippines, where she obtained her nursing degree.  She came to Maryville in June of 2012 and currently works as a certified nursing aide.  She and her husband of three years live together with plans to have children some day.

She enjoys working at Maryville because of the wonderful residents whom she cares for and the staff that she works with.  She hopes to obtain her nursing degree here in the U.S. and some day work as a nurse in the ICU.  She loves photography and especially enjoys taking pictures of people’s expressions as well as travel photography.  Those who work with her describe her as “humble” although she may describe herself as a “goofball.”

Thank you Carmela for the outstanding work you do at Maryville and for your “Service with Love”!

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September Employee of the Month: Sunita Sarki

Sunita Sarki, Employee of the Month, September 2013

Sunita came to work at Maryville Memory Care in May of 2012 as a caregiver.  Sunita’s kindness and concern for the residents was immediately evident and visible in her work.

Sunita is a great team player and gets along well with her coworkers, she is also very detail oriented.  Because of her great attention to detail she was trained as a lead caregiver and medication aide.  Sunita is originally from the country of Bhutan and came to the U.S. with her parents in 2008.   She came here to pursue further education with hopes of becoming a dentist someday.  Sunita enjoys playing music and plays guitar for her church.   She enjoys working at Maryville because she likes spending time with elders.

Thank you, Sunita, for your “Service with Love” and congratulations on being selected as Employee of the Month for September!

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