Friday, June 09, 2006

Michigan Physical Therapist Receives State Home Care Award

Canton, Mi---June 9, 2006---Nancy Malone, Canton resident and long-time physical therapist at United Home Health Services, was awarded the Spirit of Caring Award from the Michigan Home Health Association (MHHA) on May 11, 2006 during their annual conference in Traverse City. According to MHHA, this prestigious honor is only given occasionally, as it is reserved for an individual whose contribution to home care is considered to be unique and of extraordinary value.

Nancy was nominated for this award by her supervisor Lynn Lariviere. “Nancy has consistently demonstrated excellence in her profession and leadership qualities. She goes the extra mile in everything she does, including her relationships with her patients”, remarks Lynn, Rehabilitation Coordinator at United. “ Nancy is a wonderful, caring person and an outstanding therapist. She has been such an asset to United Home Health Services. We are so thrilled that she has been recognized with this high honor.”

Stephen's Note: Our research shows that "appreciation and recognition" is the number one characteristic of a "great place to work" in home care. Creating a culture where your leadership team regularly recognizes staff members for their contribution is key to staff satisfaction and retention. Nominating your staff members for state or national awards is one small thing you can do to show your appreciation.

I was at the awards luncheon in Michigan when this award was presented, and I saw the expression on Nancy's face when she received this award. It's amazing what a wall plaque, a free lunch, and some applause will do, not only for the award winning employee, but for the rest of your staff as well.

1 comment:

  1. Stephen,
    You are right about what recognition can do in the work place. United Home Health Services has always been very conscientious when it comes to recognizing work well done. Many people have continued to work at United for 20 plus years. Part of who I am today is because of United.
    Right now though people down South are in desparate need of assistance and support. Because I found that small organizations can really help in a big way with disasters, I formed my own in Sept. 2006. I am including our plea for volunteers and donations..

    June 7, 2006

    Donations and Volunteers Welcome

    Hands of Light in Action is planning an eventful trip to New Orleans, Louisiana and Waveland, Mississippi! We will be assisting in the continuing renewal of this storm devastated area by offering free medical and dental healthcare at a semi-permanent clinic; participating in rebuilding efforts like tree removal, animal care, home removal and improvement; and providing needed services like preparing/serving food and child activities. Medical, skilled and unskilled volunteers are all in great need.

    We will be staying with Operation Blessing/United Peace Relief which strategically serves individuals in St. Tammany Parish, Orleans Parish, St. Bernard Parish and Jefferson Parish. Air conditioned lodging and meals are provided. The dates of the trip are July 8 to July 23, 2006. You are welcome to come down for one or both weeks. HOLI Action will assist in planning your travel and/or caravanning you down to New Orleans with other volunteers. At present, our HOLI Action group has 20-25 volunteers from several states. We are college students, medical personnel and dedicated volunteers - skilled and unskilled hands!!!!!

    In New Orleans, 150,000 residents have returned but only 1/4 of the doctors/professionals. Many of the people coming into the clinic are unemployed middle class who have no knowledge of the available charity systems as they have never needed them. We are helping people with blood pressures over 250/150, blood sugars over 657, diabetes, high cholesterol, depression and obesity. These are people whose medication costs are over $600/month who may have pre-existing health conditions that make them medically uninsurable. Doctors, nurses, dentists and office support help are desperately needed. Many of the families are still misplaced or living in depressive areas in FEMA trailers; often with several families living in the same trailer. Conditions are deplorable. Many children are diagnosed with post traumatic stress syndrome and depression and, with the overloaded status of the medical psych community, are just placed on medications to control these conditions---not cure them. Animal Rescue New Orleans needs help to feed, love and water strays and rescued animals. Love Café requires help with food preparation and serving including chefs. They will accept ages 10 years old with responsible adult. They have free camping onsite. As you can see, there are many volunteer opportunities to choose from daily.

    We need YOU! All volunteers must be at least 18 years old to stay onsite at Operation Blessings. We will lend our hands and hearts on our weekends to Waveland, Mississippi where the community center offers a positive uplifting community environment with dances, get-togethers, movie nights and much more. You will be a block from the beach as well.

    If you are interested in further information, please contact me at 734-788-9230. Volunteers please go to and fill out a request form or call me at the above number. If you are not able to lend your hands, we are accepting donations ranging from cash, checks and CVS, Home Depot, Shell, Exxon, Albertsons, Sam’s Club, and Wal-Mart gift cards. All donations should be sent to Hands of Light in Action, P.O. Box 87513, Canton, MI 48187. We are also on pay pal at Hands of Light in Action is a 501(3)c Nonprofit Corporation so all donations fully tax deductible - 100% of all donations are used for the relief effort.

    My challenge to all of you is, “Do you want to really make a difference?” Come join or support us----PLEASE!!

    Let the Light Shine Around the World,

    Nancy J. Malone, Founder and President of HOLIA

    Thank you, Stephen!!! :):):)