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LAURA THOMA

Laura Thoma

Laura Thoma has been employed at Trempealeau County Health Care Center (TCHCC) since August of 1993. She is one of the employees that takes opportunities, grabs on and makes the most of them. Laura graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stout, Menomonie, WI with a Bachelor of Science - Human Development Degree. Laura brought this degree with her as she became an employee of TCHCC. She was hired as a Direct Care Professional and combined her background and education with that of a Certified Nurse Aide certification to become a valuable member of a team working with a specialized population in the facility, the developmentally disabled.

Laura embraces new roles and opportunities with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. After working as a Direct Care Professional, she took a role as a Program Specialist working in the activity area and supervising the staff and the program. She brought new programs and ideas. Laura then moved on once again. She currently has role of Supportive Therapist in the Psychology Department of our organization and works with another specialized population - the chronic mentally ill. Her leadership and organizational skills continue to make an impact on the clients and co-workers she works with.

Laura is an example of an employee embracing their skills and facing change; forging ahead with a new role!

TRACY COX

Tracy Cox

Tracy Cox has been a caregiver for about 5 years. She is an exceptional caregiver and dedicated team member. Tracy takes the time to listen to what the needs of the residents are and shows true compassion when assisting them. She has been able to quickly transition from taking care of frail elderly to also caring for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease, other dementias, and disabilities.

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PATTY RINGWELL

Patty Ringwell

From Cyndi Michaelis:

Patty has been a caregiver for over 15 years. Unlike many aides in this field, she has actually been on the receiving end after extensive bilateral hip surgery. She knows first hand what it is like to be totally dependant on someone else. This has given her a unique outlook on her care giving style. Patty mixes compassion and humor brilliantly. She is always upbeat and encouraging. She delicately balances her clients' independence while maintaining their dignity. Patty detests prejudice and injustice and never hesitates to speak up or step in. She accepts everyone right where they are and can always find something positive to say. Patty cares deeply for each one of her consumers. She has laughed with them, cried and prayed with them in rough times and consoled family members at many a funeral. When you enter Patty's heart she is your friend forever. I consider it an honor to call her mine.

 

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RALPH SABELKO

Ralph Sabelko

There are times in life when someone comes along who exudes happiness, compassion and professionalism. American Lutheran Homes – Mondovi is blessed to have such a person – Ralph Sabelko, Certified Nursing Assistant.

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ROSIE MEIVES

Rosie Meives

I would like to nominate Rosie Meives for the 2006 Caregiver of the Year Award. I am not sure how Rosie is able to be so thorough and efficient, but she sure sets the example for the rest of the team. She demands no less of others than she does for herself; consequently, Rosie gets herself in trouble by keeping the other staff accountable.

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