Congratulations to Rev. Cinda Foulkrod, the September Tidewell Difference Award winner. Her nomination, made by a colleague, explains how she makes a difference at Tidewell:
“Some months ago we had a young gentleman at the hospice house. His stay was extended due to issues with placement so he got to know the staff well. His sister who lived out of state would also call often and got to know staff by telephone as well. His sister was always concerned for him but could not come to Florida. The patient was very reflective and had many questions about life, faith, and human struggle. Chaplain Cinda helped him a great deal in his search for answers. … He continued to ask, as the placement date drew closer, whether there would be any connection between the hospice house and where he was going. Cinda offered to visit him in his new facility to offer that connection and support.
“One day, not long after his placement, Cinda told the staff she would be stopping by the facility to see the patient as her last visit of the day. She then told staff the following story: She had gone to the facility and had noticed the patient was declining and nearing death. She had known how close he was with his sister and so after some words of comfort to the patient, she left the facility and called the patient’s sister to provide an update. Cinda … said that she realized the patient’s sister may not have another opportunity to speak to the patient. So, she offered to return to the facility immediately to facilitate a call. Even though it was already after shift, Cinda returned to the facility and was able to hold the phone to his ear as his sister spoke to him. Cinda also waited for another sister to be contacted about his condition and then facilitated a call with that other sister. It would be the last time either of them would speak to their brother. The family was extremely grateful for this opportunity.”
Rev. Cinda was recognized by CEO Gerry Radford with a certificate, a special Tidewell Difference pin, a $50 gift card and one day of personal leave.
Nominations for the Tidewell Difference are accepted at any time, and can be made using the form posted on Happenings. All non-supervisory colleagues – full-time, part-time or PRN – are eligible. In order to win, nominees must be in good standing and have been employed with Tidewell for at least six months. Nominations should be based on specific action(s) taken by a colleague that demonstrates one or more Tidewell Core Values.