Teresa McCulloch, CEO, commented on the agency's accomplishments in 2005 and the vision for the coming year. After thanking workers for their hard work and dedication throughout the past year, she noted that the happiness and safety of much of Southeast Missouri is in the hands of VNA staff as they go about their day-to-day activities of helping the aged and ill at home.
"We have over 800 employees who have given their all, met new challenges and still come back to work each day. Tonight we celebrate each and every one of you and thank you for your dedication to the services VNA provides," she said.
Top honors were given to Home Health Aide, Kaye Youngblood, of East Prairie with the presentation of the Jackson L. Burke Excellence in Home Care Award for the caring assistance she continues to provide in Scott and Mississippi counties. Youngblood and her family were guests of honor throughout the evening in recognition of her 25 years of dedicated service. She has provided personal care in more homes than any other person in the northern region of the Bootheel working in at least three of VNA's programs: Home Health, Hospice and In-Home over the course of 25 years.
The Warren Manning Commitment to Service Award was given to Lee Ann Forbus, MIS director of Kennett, in recognition of the outstanding accomplishments she is making as VNA continues moving toward a paperless system of patient record-keeping and homecare visit documentation.
The Layton Pickard Memorial Award was given for the first time this year in honor of Layton Pickard, who had served on the VNA Board of Directors for 20 years until his death last September. His daughter, LeAnn Cullison, accepted the award in his name.
Key Employees of the Year from all six VNA programs were recognized.
Home Health Employee of the Year is Diane Shands of East Prairie. Hospice Employee of the Year is Linda Stokes of Charleston and Hospice Volunteer of the Year is Moneka Brown of Kennett. Private Duty Employee of the Year is Laura Newcomer of Perryville. In-Home Employee of the Year is LaDona Henderson of Cape Girardeau and In-Home Nurse of the Year is Cindy Bright of East Prairie. Home Medical Equipment Employee of the Year is Brian Jenkins of Kennett.
Named as Homemakers of the Year for their respective service areas were: Tonya Covington of Hayti, Virgie Clayton of Poplar Bluff, Michelle Huddleston of Portageville and Sharon Bragg of Cape Girardeau. Awarded Administrative Support Employee of the Year was April Wilson of Kennett.
Above and Beyond Homemaker recognition went to Carol Carpenter of Rector, Ark., for the southern area; Norma Geer of Poplar Bluff for the western area; Iris Halterman of Essex for the central region; and Arnessa Gant of Wyatt for the northern region. In-Home Nurse recipient was Laura Hinds.
Several special awards were made for the first time this year in recognition of special accomplishments. CEO Choice Award was given to Valerie Bollinger of Sikeston while The Master of Change Award went to Sue Chatman of East Prairie. Getting It Done Awards went to Glena Scott, Holly Smith of Sikeston, LaDona Henderson of Cape Girardeau, Nona Odum of Kennett and Rhonda White.
Star Employee Awards were presented to Fern Taylor, Janice Pittman, Carolyn Tucker, Vera Gilbert and Karen Lemmons. HME Awards went to Debbie Newsom, Elaina Miller, Becky Nowell, Nancy Todd, Kim Laub, Herman Taylor, Brian Jenkins and Tom Oliver. Rhonda Poole received the Private Duty Award.
Years of Service Awards were given as follows:
25 Years of Service: Kaye Youngblood of East Prairie.
20 years of Service: Linda Lockridge, Geneva Brown, Arnessa Gant, Loretta Scott, Joyce Smith, Wilma Williams, Shirlee Michelsen, Pat Huttegger, Kristen Barnes, Esther Morris and Fern Taylor.
15 Years of Service: Cinda Bryant, Angela Owens, Bonnie Ellis, Ann Hudson, Docia Black, Darlene Fane, Carla Shaviss, Tammy Jones, Tudy Jackson, Clementine Henry, Debra Craft and Peggy Duncan.
10 Years of Service: Arlean Whitley, Cathy Keller, Barbara Mims, Barbara Jackson, Lezet Hill, Nona Odum, Carolyn Tucker, Michelle Scherer, Glenda Holmes, Mary Ann Bailey, Lora Hynds, Judy Pry and Pat Wilburn.
5 Years of Service: Joann Crider, Laura Newcomer, Karen Brown, Amy Swallows, Christy Wheeler, Chris Nunnery, Karen Lemmons, Ron Forbus, Wilma Wright, Lesia Miller, Denitra Hollman, Loretta Henley, Shonda Young, Eugenia Shelby, Karen Recker, Darlene Payne, Margaret Pattee, Dana Mungle, Heather Long, Tereasa Johnson, Kim Glastetter, Linda Rhode, Shawna Kaut, Anna West, Sharon Chouinard, Debbie Farrenburg, Joyce Reeves, Wanda Potts, Linda Hood, Bessie Bennett, Jeannette Edwards, Marlyn Ranson, Karen Pratt, Jennifer Moses, Delores Krewson, Angie Krewson, Betty Ergle, Pauline Dunn, Millie Cullum, Willa Clark, Rose Burton, Lilly Twiggs, Sandra Sugg, Glendola Shell, Yvette Robinson, Linda Perry, Linda Kennedy, Aleta Harris, Michelle Hale, Vickie Gillespie, Annie Geiger and Lola Bratton.
In-Home Homemakers of the Month for the past year were named from each region. Homemakers of the Month from the southern region were Patricia Moore, Bridgette Richards, Sherlyn Mason, Katherine Allen, Denise Hill, Marsha Morrison, Karen Lyde, Nelda Mitchell, Linda Hood, Tonya Covington, Helen Morgan, and Dorothy Long.
Homemakers of the Month from the western region were: Norma Geer, Shelly Sisson, Sanda Plemmons, Sherry Bryant, Beth Johnson, Kim Lokey, Lisa Ricker, Linda Kastner, Carol Spurlock, Virgie Clayton, Dannett Simmons and Fae Conley.
Homemakers of the Month from the central region were: Evelyn Null, Connie Anthony, Bertie Davidson, Linda Goodman, Phyllis Tuttleton, Janta Johnson, Wilma Williams, Michelle Huddleston, Yvette Bridges, Iris Halterman, Carol Lemons and JoAnn Blankenship.
Homemakers of the Month from the Northern region were: Carolyn Thomas, Mary Ditto, Kathleen Atkinson, Candy Nelson, Jane Skinner, Dorothy White, Charlene Reed, Bambi Eldredge, Angela McGuire, Nell Robinson, Suzanne James and Mika Parker.