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Coming Off the Summit to Reach The Next Peak

February 10, 2020
NOTE: This was taken from the blog of Foundations Health Solutions leader Bob Speelman. Each week Bob works at one of our Foundations Health facilities in different roles. Whether working in housekeeping or as a nursing assistant, he sees firsthand how we embody the vision of our founder and nursing home developer, Brian Colleran, to be "A Culture of Care."

Vandalia, Ohio -
We ended our first annual STNA Summit this past August with a challenge to the 65 STNA's that attended. We challenged them to back to their facilities, meet with their administrator, and see what things that we talked about at the Summit can implement at the facility to make our Culture of Care even more a part of daily life. Don't let the passion die on the mountain top! 

I wanted to tell you about one STNA who did just that and the impact that it has had on her facility. Her name is Shannon Clark and she is an STNA at Crossroad's Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Vandalia. Shannon went home from the Summit determined to not let the flame that was lit at the Summit go out. She met with her administrator and devised a plan to better incorporate our Culture of Care into the daily life of her facility.  

One of the first things they started doing was including our Foundations mission statement and core values into the new employee orientation packet. Shannon would come into each orientation class and talk about our mission statement, core values, and Culture of Care. She wanted new hires to hear how important these were to our Company and to hear her passion for it.

Hear from Shannon herself about the Summit and her passion to make "Culture of Care" not just a slogan but a reality at Crossroads:

As Shannon mentioned in her video, the next idea Shannon came up with was a "Catching you Caring Award" that is given out several times a week. Employees and residents nominate a staff member that has gone above and beyond.  

Those that are nominated are voted on a couple of times a week and once a winner is chosen, all available staff and residents gather in the hallway and clap as the winner walks down the hall to receive their recognition and award. Here is a video of this celebration:

As you can tell from the video, the staff member that received the recognition was truly touched and felt appreciated. You can also see how much the staff and residence enjoyed honoring them. This is our Culture of Care and this is a result of one care team member having a passion to make our Culture of Care a daily part of their facility.  

Shannon – I'm so glad you didn't leave the Summit and let the fire go out. You didn't simply say, "That was a great experience," and leave it at that. You went back and made a difference. You enlisted other climbers to summit the next mountain with you and experience the joy that a Culture of Care brings.

Everybody wants to be on the mountaintop, but if you'll remember, mountaintops are rocky and cold. There is no growth on the top of a mountain. Sure, the view is great, but what's a view for? A view just gives us a glimpse of our next destination-our next target. But to hit that target, we must come off the mountain, go through the valley, and begin to climb the next slope. It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life's next peak. 

Andy Andrews

Bob Speelman, STNA

Each week, Bob Speelman visits a Foundations Health Solutions nursing home. He works alongside a variety of departments to ensure Foundations Health is excelling in the vision of founder Brian Colleran's "Culture of Care." Foundations Health continues to practice the principles nursing home developer Brian Colleran instilled, such as resident and family satisfaction, positive employee culture, and investment in the community.

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