Thanking a World-Class Staff
Posted by Karen Miller
It was earlier this fall that the idea struck me and four of my fellow volunteers. After several years of giving our time at JourneyCare’s Markshak Family Hospice CareCenter in Glenview, so many people had thanked us for our time and effort. But we realized there was no special event for us to thank the dedicated CareCenter staff for their hard work.
Veteran volunteers Ruth Rane, Claudia Miler, Judi Ronan and Donna Babiarz put our heads together with the Volunteer Department staff, and, soon, we hatched a plan for a weeklong celebration to honor the Glenview CareCenter staff.
Our main theme, “We ♥ Our Staff,” was at the center of our conversations and the energy and enthusiasm followed! Within a couple of weeks and a few rounds of e-mails, we had each day of the week highlighted with a special theme that went along with spoiling our staff with gratitude and goodies.
With three shifts a day, and a flexible count of staff members, we wanted to be sure to provide a happy experience for everyone.
We launched on Sunday, December 6, by decorating the Nurse's Station with a “We ♥ Our Staff” banner, balloons, inspirational quotes on the staff lockers and serving gourmet mini cupcakes. The next day’s theme was "Bouquet of Thanks,” with inviting each staff member to take home an arrangement made by JourneyCare Volunteers. As the days of this week of appreciation went on, the staff was treated to more surprises, “You’re So Sweet” Cookie Day, “Pamper YOU Day” offering complimentary mini Reiki and Massage treatments and gift bags filled with amenities. The week culminated by adorning each staff member an Angel pin and set of inspirational cards, handmade by a CareCenter volunteer.
For us volunteers, the highlight was seeing the grateful smiles on the faces of our CareCenter Staff and listening to their heartfelt words of thanks.
It's certainly no wonder why We ♥ Our Staff!