Excellent skills, great patient rapport, very kind and a team player are a few of the words used to describe Janet Feik, RN, this year’s recipient of the Caring Kind award at the Health Center. The recognition was given this Monday, which was the first day of National Hospital Week.
Many staff wrote how Janet was knowledgeable, always willing to lend a hand and goes above and beyond for her patients.
“Several words come to mind such as compassion, dedication, patient advocate, love of family when I think of her. She is someone that you want on your team, willing to help out wherever needed but her number one goal each day is providing the best care possible for her patients. Whether you are a co-worker or a patient, your day is always a little brighter if she was around with never ending kind words or that infectious smile. Although a little hesitant about starting the program, the patients that belong to the 1400 feet that she took care of last year, thinks she is the greatest ! She is truly deserving of this award” said Gayla Oakley, RN and Janet’s supervisor.
Janet works in Cardiac Rehabilitation and is a diabetic educator and manages the foot care program. Janet also fills in the surgery department and on the patient floor. “Her patients just adore her and often leave her with a hug,” said numerous co-workers.
Janet is a 1982 registered nurse graduate of Mary Lanning School of Nursing. She has worked at the Health Center in Albion since 2001. Janet and her spouse, Larry, of Spalding are the parents of Matthew, Bradley, Patrick, Daylinn and Crystal.
During the noon ceremony, the hospital’s Home Health department was recognized as the Department of the Year. The department has undergone changes and adjustments in recent years, focusing on growing healthcare needs in the service area. The department is led by Denee Kunzman, RN with Pat Kolm, LPN, Charlene Camp, RN, Shauna Bittner, RN and Jena Mangelsen, RN.
“We provide patient services for newborns, new mothers, wound care, patients needing IV antibiotics, chronic disease management, blood draws needed for lab results and check on patients who are recently discharged from the hospital. We cover a lot of ground, and see many patients as our department and staff grows. We’re proud to be recognized as the Department of the Year, “commented Denee.
According to Cindy Lesiak, RN and Vice President of Patient Services the Home Health department is one of a few home health agencies that is continuing to grow.
“Many home health agencies are scaling back on services and closing. Our Home Health Department is growing and remains vital in our communities.”