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Champion of Caring

Champion of Caring is HCR ManorCare’s national employee recognition program. Scroll down to meet the individuals who make a real difference in the lives of their patients, residents, family members and fellow employees for the care and caring they provide.

Second Quarter 2017 Champion of Caring

Lorna Downer

Certified Nursing Assistant

ManorCare Health Services—New Providence, New Jersey

Our first HCR ManorCare Champion of Caring is Lorna Downer, a certified nursing assistant at ManorCare Health Services in New Providence, New Jersey in our Atlantic Coastal Division. For a remarkable 34 years, Lorna has exemplified our helpful, caring and responsive commitment in providing quality care to our patients and residents. After many hard years of caring and supporting siblings as a surrogate mother in her native Jamaica, Lorna found her health care calling soon after arriving in America and training to become a CNA. Over her long tenure with our company, co-workers have recognized her dependability, energy and compassion. Patients and families have recognized her positive attitude, ever-present smile, and the sense of security and comfort she affords them. She has had to endure additional hardships, at no time did she waiver or change in the way she went about her calling as a hardworking, dedicated caregiver. She has served as a stellar role model for the young individuals starting their health care careers and aspiring to be quality caregivers.

Second Quarter 2017 Finalists

Oralia (Sonia) Rodriquez

Housekeeping Aide

ManorCare Health Services—Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Sonia has been a caregiver at ManorCare—Elk Grove Village for 21 years. She makes a point of learning patients’ names, and they know hers. She takes pride in her work and is a stickler for detail. She instills her strong work ethic in the housekeeping staff she trains, which has led to a remarkable housekeeping team with excellent customer service scores. Her HRD holds her up in orientation as the example of how employees should respond to customer needs and concerns. She has a caring, positive attitude and goes out of her way to make sure patients are safe.

Michael Arthur

Dietary Aide

Village of Westerville Retirement Center, Ohio

Michael has been at the Village of Westerville Retirement Center for 20 years. He rides his bike to work, rain or shine, and until some significant health care issues worsened, never missed a day of work. He is a true leader in the dietary department, training new dining room employees with patience and a sunny disposition. Michael always goes out of his way to make sure he knows the likes and dislikes of the residents he serves.

Tanya Beaver

Home Health Aide

Heartland Hospice of Kenosha, Wisconsin

Tanya has been serving Heartland Hospice patients for a little over a year. Her paperwork is characterized by meticulous detail and accuracy, and always is turned in timely. She has been the subject of numerous complimentary Care Line calls and “Caught You Caring” cards. Facilities where our patients make their home ask for Tanya by name because they know they can always count on her. Her positive and uplifting attitude has led her to be chosen to head up her agency’s “Fun Committee” so she can pass along her exuberance to her agency coworkers.

Agnes Dabb

Nurse Supervisor

ManorCare Nursing & Rehab Center—Kingsford, Michigan

Agnes had been with ManorCare—Kingsford for nine years and in that time has been named her center’s monthly Champion of Caring four times and was named the center’s Champion of Caring for the year 2015. She advanced from CNA to RN and also serves as a nurse preceptor, providing excellent job training and support for new nurses. She often picks up shifts or remains past her shift and has filled in as a nurse’s aide in times of need. She has been mentioned in many post-discharge thank you cards, customer satisfaction surveys and patient testimonials. 

Renita Horne

Activities Assistant

ManorCare Health Services—Ruxton, Maryland

Renita has been with ManorCare—Ruxton for six years. She greets everyone she comes in contact with. Her skill with crafts and developing fun and stimulating programs has turned the memory care unit into a home for residents. She is the Ruxton cheerleader in planning and creatively decorating for special events and a morale booster with her goodies for staff and patient parties and fundraisers. She also oversees the beauty shop and helps train new hires. In addition, she has an eye and an ear for picking up on changes in patients’ conditions and passing the information on to medical staff.

Griselda Ruiz

Resident Caregiver/Med Tech

Arden Courts of Austin, Texas

Griselda has been with Arden Courts of Austin for 15 years, and in just about every one of those years, she has earned Employee of the Month recognition. She was the center’s 2014 Champion of Caring. She is one who genuinely cares about residents, and who often purchases little grooming items and treats for residents with her own money because she loves her residents and it makes her feel good. She is described by family members as highly competent, professional, compassionate, patient, extremely positive and always with a smile.