By Lindsay Hurley Fick
The theme of this edition of Ambiance is caring. This is such an appropriate theme, as caring is the very essence of Saint Simeon’s.
I have the privilege each day to see firsthand caring in action; it is evident in so many ways. The dining assistant that knows each and every preference of those she serves, the hair dresser that comes in on his day off to make sure his client looks wonderful for a special family event, our own Simone making her daily rounds to greet each person and receive the hugs and pats that warm everyone’s heart – especially Simone’s!, and the list goes on.
In fact, Saint Simeon’s has a special recognition program specific to acts of caring. The program ‘Kris’ Caring Champions’ is an endowed program made possible through the kindness and generosity of the late Kris Nichols’ family. Each month the program recognizes employees for their extraordinary acts of caring. It is by far my favorite meeting of the month.
In early March there was a special recognition of another kind. This time it was a Resident, Mr. Vern Stanton. Mr. Stanton was named the Resident Volunteer of the Year by the state’s non-profit long-term care industry group, LeadingAge Oklahoma. A special awards dinner in Oklahoma City recognized Mr. Stanton’s work in Saint Simeon’s Wellness Center assisting Residents in their exercise programs by leading classes, encouraging participation, and helping Residents that need assistance to and from the Center to make sure they continue their wellness routines. Mr. Stanton tells the story that his initial entrance to Saint Simeon’s was due to a serious health condition. He credits the care and restorative therapy he received as the reason for his wonderful recovery, and he wants everyone to have that same opportunity. Mr. Stanton is a wonderful example of a caring and giving heart and so deserving of the award he received.
Caring, as demonstrated in so many ways by staff, Residents, Trustees, friends, and donors, is the heart of Saint Simeon’s. I am thankful to be a part of Saint Simeon’s. There is simply no better place to be.