Mercy Home Care honors Employee of the Year

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Mercy Home Care Director Becky Davied (left), presented registered nurse Barbara Endicott (middle) with the Home Care Employee of the Year award. Pictured with Barbara is her husband, John.(Submitted Photo)

Mercy Home Care has announced the selection of registered nurse Barbara Endicott as "Mercy Home Care Employee of the Year" for 2011.

In celebration of the service's 33th anniversary and National Homecare Month, home health patients, co-workers and community members were invited to nominate and vote for staff members for the award.

Now in its third year of recognizing the outstanding employee, 112 nominations were submitted, a news release said.

The nominations were open to all home care staff, including nurses, physical therapists, aides and office staff.

"The sheer number of nominations is a reflection of the impact that Mercy Home Care providers have on our patients' lives," Mercy Home Care Director Becky Davied said. "Many nomination forms had a special comment about the employee they were voting for, sharing how important that employee is or had been to them."

"However, one nomination for Barbara was particularly powerful," Davied said.

The daughter of the patient wrote, "Barbara was the home care nurse assigned to my mother. Her happy upbeat personality made us feel comfortable with her presence in our home. She was so thorough with the care she gave my mother and the emotional support she gave Mom and me. She went out of her way to make sure I knew what lay ahead during my mother's illness and offered me strength as well as encouragement."

"During the last 24 hours of my mother's life, Barbara was always just a phone call away. When she left our home the last day, I called her twice frightened at how fast we were losing my mother; she turned around and came back both times."

"When Barbara did the final preparations for my mother after her death, before she called the funeral home, I thought to myself, 'What a gift God has given us sending Barbara to our family helping all of us through this extremely difficult time.' I knew my mother was gently, lovingly cared for with dignity even after passing."

Davied commented that it was her honor to present Endicott with the award.

"She truly displays the Mercy Mission in the care that she provides and I am proud to have her on our team at Mercy Home Care," Davied said.

Mercy Home Care was established in November 1978 and today serves approximately 900 annually, providing in-home nursing care, therapy services and medication administration among other services.

Earlier this year, Mercy Home Care instituted well@home "telehealth" system which allows Mercy Home Care clinicians to closely monitor a patient between home and clinical visits through the use of in-home equipment that monitors critical bodily functions.

These include blood pressure, heart rate, blood-oxygen levels, blood-sugar levels and weight.

The well@home systems also conduct electrocardiogram tests (ECGs ) if necessary.

Mercy Home Care services, can be reached at (620) 223-8091.