Toot toot! (that’s our own horn)

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Electronic Communications Manager

HPCCR Pete Brunnick (who accepted the award for Dr. Hess) and Jim Young, HPCCR volunteer

HPCCR CEO Pete Brunnick, left, (who accepted the Physician of the Year award for Dr. Hess) and Jim Young, the AHHC Paraprofessional of the Year.

You know, every once in a while, we just have to toot our own horn.  It’s simply unavoidable, especially when we have such an amazing group of staff and volunteers.  In fact, in just the past few days, we’ve had THREE  folks from our organization recognized for their awesomeness.  So, of course, we have to share.

Yesterday, at the Association for Home & Hospice Care (AHHC) Annual Convention, our very own Dr. Philip Hess was recognized as the Physician of the Year.  And our wonderful guest blogger and LDHH-H volunteer extraordinaire, Jim Young, was recognized as the Paraprofessional of the Year.  (That’s a trained aide who assists a professional person.  Yeah, I had to look it up too.)  And last Friday, Tricia Ingle, one of our certified nursing assistants, was given the title of CNA Caregiver of the Year for Gaston County.  We couldn’t be more proud of all three.

Dr. Hess has been making an impact in our community for over 35 years.  He was one of the first physicians in the region to successfully perform heart transplants, and had a long career in cardiac surgery.  Luckily, he came out of retirement in 2008 to join HPCCR as a full-time physician and has been championing patients and families ever since.  He is kind, gentle, warm-hearted, and confident.  He is both brilliant and compassionate, a must-have combination for a hospice physician.  The perfect choice, in our minds, for Physician of the Year! 

A self-described “tenderheart”, Jim Young is a volunteer known for his empathy and care.  He is deeply moved by all patients he visits (and especially by their stories), internalizing their life lessons and striving to improve himself through what he’s learned.  Jim is also a resource to others, having recently become our very first volunteer mentor.  And all of you loyal Hospice Matters readers are well aware of his outstanding contributions to this blog.  (Because you hang on every single word of every single post that shows up in your inbox, RIGHT?!)  Paraprofessional, volunteer, whatever category you want to place Jim in, he always rises to the very top! 

Tricia Ingle is a CNA with our Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County team.  She has been a dedicated CNA for 40 years — that’s a long career in anyone’s book!  What makes this award so cool is that she’s only recently been providing care to patients in Gastonia.  Yet during this time, she has obviously made an impressive impact.  Why else would she be named CNA Caregiver of the Year for Gaston County?  And the award apparently carries some weight — the Bojangles she frequents in Gastonia gave her a free lunch when they found out!

Yep, we are simply tickled that these three fine individuals received such well-earned recognition.  But now we’ve sung their praises so I guess we can stop the tooting now.  (Of the horn!  The horn!  Geez, you guys are worse than my kids!)

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