Caregiver Award Winners

Hospice Caregiver of the Year for 2016 is Michael Blair!
     CNA with Caris Hospice

(Pictured, Laura Graham, Tetrick Funeral Home; Michael Blair, CNA with Caris Hospice and Tetrick Hospice Caregiver of the Year for 2016; and Bill Bales, Administrator, Caris Hospice)


January 2017 Caregiver of the Month is Amanda Estep!
     RN - Caris Hospice

(Amanda Estep, RN is the winner of the January 2017 Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award presented by Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services.)

Amanda was nominated by Margaret Hougland who had the following to say about Amanda:

“Amanda was a most compassionate caregiver for Crystal Isaacs particularly during the last month of her life.  She went above and beyond the call of duty on many occasions.  I know that her excellent level of caregiving helped to allow Crystal to stay in her own home. 

The hospice services that are given were invaluable not only to Crystal but to anyone who may find themselves in need of this type of care.”

Congratulations Amanda for a job well done!


February 2017 Caregiver of the Month is Brooks Monroe!
     RN - Avalon Hospice

(Pictured are Jan Horn, Nominator; Laura Graham, Tetrick Funeral Home; and Brooks Monroe, RN, February 2017 recipient of Tetrick Caregiver of the Month Award)

Brooks Monroe, RN  with Avalon Hospice is the winner of the February 2017 Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award presented by Tetrick Funeral Home.

Brooks was nominated by Jan Horn who had the following to say about Brooks:

“Brooks was very compassionate!  His ability to bring peace and comfort to our family was amazing.  He is truly using the gift God gave him.

Brooks went way above and beyond what his job requires.  Brooks is an awesome person and we only had him two days before my husband passed but he spent the entire weekend seeing to my husband and never leaving his side.  He gave up his entire weekend to try to help us through this most difficult time.”

The hospice services that are given were invaluable not only to Jan but to anyone who may find themselves in need of this type of care.

Congratulations Brooks for a job well done!


March 2017 Caregiver of the Month is Scott Murray!
     RN - Amedisys Hospice

(Pictured are Laura Graham, Tetrick Funeral Home; Scott Murray, RN, March 2017 recipient of Tetrick Caregiver of the Month Award; and Shane Younce from Tetrick Funeral Home)

Scott Murray, RN  with Amedisys Hospice is the winner of the March 2017 Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award presented by Tetrick Funeral Home.

Scott was anonymously nominated by a co-worker who prefers to remain anonymous.  However, this is what the nominator had to say about Scott:

“Scott went above and beyond in his care of our late patient Jack Lewis.  In conversation during his visits, Mr. Lewis expressed to Scott how much he loved his screened back porch which is where he and his wife Charlotte would sit, have coffee, and enjoy each other’s company.  It was his favorite place in the house.  Once his condition declined to the point that he was no longer able to ambulate, he found that he could no longer navigate the large step to get down from the kitchen to the screened porch, and he missed being able to spend time there with his wife. 

Scott gathered his tools, wood and other building supplies and went to the Lewis family’s home during his weekend time off.  He built a ramp for them so that Mr. Lewis could come down into the porch in his wheelchair.  We have a photo of their final time there.  Scott’s action reminds all of us to do the best that we can to serve others with the tools and talents we’ve been given.  Scott’s commitment to this patient’s care as well as his willingness to sacrifice his own time and resources make him my nomination for the Hospice Caregiver of the Month award.

Through his kindness and generosity of sharing his time and resources, Scott reminded all of us how special hospice care and our relationships with our patients really are!”

The hospice services that are given were invaluable not only to Mr. & Mrs. Lewis but to anyone who may find themselves in need of this type of care.

Congratulations Scott for a job well done!


April 2017 Caregiver of the Month is Sarah Bowling!
     LPN - Mountain States Hospice

(Pictured are Laura Graham, Tetrick Funeral Home; and Sarah Bowling, LPN, April 2017 recipient of Tetrick Caregiver of the Month Award)

Sarah was nominated by a co-worker Anna Butler who is a Chaplain with Mountain States Hospice.  This is what she had to say about Sarah:

“What does it take to make a great hospice nurse?  Someone who is smart, who listens, and seeks to understand what the patient needs, and one who knows about medications and various interventions that might bring comfort.  But most of all, someone who is kind and compassionate, who speaks gently and lovingly to people when they are in a crisis.  Sarah Bowling does all of this.  The funny thing is, however, that I have never actually seen her physically at the bedside.  As difficult as it can be for a nurse to care for a person and their loved ones when they are present with them, Sarah’s skill allows her to have that loving care for the patient even though she is in our office.  The patients know her by name and trust her to take care of their needs.  If a person were to eavesdrop on her, they would hear her give instructions on medications one minute and offer condolences to a family member in the next phone call.  Sarah knows the patients by the sound of their voice, and patients often insist on speaking with her since they know Sarah will take care of them in the way they need. 

I am glad to know such an excellent nurse as Sarah Bowling.”

Congratulations Sarah for a job well done!


May 2017 Caregiver of the Month is Roseanna Hammonds!
     CNA with Amedisys Hospice

(Pictured are Laura Graham, Community Outreach for Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, Roseanna Hammonds, CNA with Amedisys Hospice in Kingsport, TN, and Tim Vaughn, Funeral Director at Oak Hill Cemetery)

Roseanna Hammonds, CNA, with Amedisys Hospice in Kingsport, TN is the winner of the May 2017 Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Roseanna was nominated by Terry Taylor whose Mother, Hattie Taylor, was her patient.  Terry made the following comments about why Roseanna was nominated to be the Caregiver of the Month:  

“Roseanna is a CNA with Amedisys Hospice, Kingsport and she was a caregiver to my Mother, Hattie Taylor.  Roseanna’s goal was to make sure my Mom was taken care of.  She was concerned about all aspects of Mom’s well being – not only as a caregiver to her.  Her personal attention to Mom’s every need was of upmost importance.  Roseanna was to be commended for her outstanding service and caring for others.  She is a role model for all hospice workers.”

Congratulations, Roseanna for a job well done!


June 2017 Caregiver of the Month is Crystal Bentley!
     RN with Amedisys Hospice

(Pictured: Laura Graham, Community Relations/Outreach for TF&CS, Crystal Bentley, RN with Amedisys Hospice in Kingsport, and Tim Vaughn, Funeral Director Oak Hill Funeral & Cremation Services in Kingsport, TN)

Crystal Bentley, RN with Amedisys Hospice in Kingsport, TN is the winner of the JUNE 2017 Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Crystal was nominated by Terry Taylor whose Mother, Hattie Taylor, was her patient.  Terry made the following comments about why Crystal was nominated to be the Caregiver of the Month:  

“Crystal is an RN with Amedisys Hospice, Kingsport and she was a caregiver to my Mother, Hattie Taylor.  Not only did Crystal take care of Mom’s physical needs, she ministered to our entire family.  Crystal was actually as family to us.  We cried, she cried; we laughed, she laughed.  She treated my Mom like she would her own Mom.  We could not have had a better person treating Mom.”

Congratulations, Crystal for a job well done!


July 2017 Caregiver of the Month is Ben Kilgore!
     CNA with Smoky Mountain Hospice

(Pictured: Ben Kilgore, CNA with Smoky Mountain Hospice; Laura Graham, Community Relations/Outreach for TF&CS)

Ben Kilgore, CNA with Smoky Mountain Hospice in Kingsport, TN is the winner of the July 2017 Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Ben was nominated by Scotty B. Jordan whose Father was his patient.  Scotty made the following comments about why Ben was nominated to be the Caregiver of the Month:  

“Ben Kilgore is a compassionate, caring, and professional caregiver.  Each time he came to bathe my Father, he did his job in a gentle and patient manner.  In addition to his wonderful work, he is working on his degree in nursing and taking care of his family! 

My daughter came in from out of state to help with Dad’s care.  She is a registered nurse and she saw Ben at work.  She would not only give her personal but her professional approval for Ben receiving this award.  Our whole family would give one hundred percent approval for Ben to receive this award.  

He is very deserving!!”

Congratulations Ben for a job well done!


August 2017 Caregiver of the Month is Mary Phillips!
     RN with Amedisys Hospice in Elizabethton

(Pictured are Terina Tetrick, Manager – Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, Mary Phillips, RN with Amedisys Hospice and August 2017 Hospice Caregiver of the Month, Linda White, Nominator of Mary Phillips, and Caroline Lewis, Friend of Mrs. White and her Mother)

Mary Phillips, RN  with Amedisys Hospice in Elizabethton, TN is the winner of the August 2017 Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award presented by Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services.

Mary was nominated by Linda White and this is what Linda had to say about Mary:

“Mary was so caring and walked us through and prepared us for all Mom was going through.

She told us when to expect her kidneys to start to fail and for her fluctuating blood pressure to begin.  Mary kept us up to date on everything to expect in Mom’s changing physical condition.  We know that she truly cared about my Mother.

Mary not only talked to Mom about physical issues but they shared stories and talked as old friends would.  On the days that she did not see my Mother, she would call me and check not only on my Mother but also cared about how I was holding up and doing.

We could not have had a more caring and professional caregiver had we had the privilege of choosing her ourselves.

Thank you, Mary for making this difficult time in our lives much easier because of your caring from the heart as well as seeing to physical needs.”

Congratulations Mary for a job well done!


September 2017 Caregiver of the Month is Freyda Osborne!
     RN with Wellmont Hospice in Bristol, TN

(left-to-right - Anthony Harris, Oakley-Cook Funeral Home; Laura Graham, Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services; Jackie Everett, Director of Wellmont Hospice; Freyda Osborne, RN Wellmont Hospice & Hospice Caregiver of the Month; Charlie Bowman, Tetrick Funeral Home & Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home)

Freyda Osborne, RN with Wellmont Hospice is the winner of the September 2017 Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.

Freyda was nominated by Virginia Pouiraznik whose Mother, Margaret Gould, was her patient.  Virginia made the following comments about why Freyda was nominated to be the Caregiver of the Month:  

“Freyda cared for my mother, Margaret Gould, for 8 months.  During this time she never missed checking with her every week.  Even when she was off due to her surgery and another nurse came to the house, Freyda checked on her by phone and when my Mother was an inpatient at Wellmont Hospice House, she went to see her.  We live in upper Stoney Creek and making it up here in winter can be hard.  Freyda never missed.  My Mother lived with me and our family dynamics had its challenges yet Freyda never let them interfere either with my Mother or with me.  In the last month when my Mom was only semi-aware of her surroundings, Freyda was always there to help.  Given where we live, the length of time my Mother was under hospice care, and the challenges of our “family life” Freyda certainly went the extra mile --- all of the time.

Congratulations Freyda for a job well done!


October 2017 Caregiver of the Month is Anna Butler!
     Chaplain with MSHA Hospice in Johnson City, TN

(Pictured left to right, Billy Gillenwater, Asst. Manager of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services; Anna Butler, Recipient of Hospice Caregiver of the Month; Laura Graham, Community Outreach of Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services; and Charlie Bowman, Operations Manager of Tetrick Funeral Home)

Anna Butler, Chaplain of Mountain States Health Alliance Hospice,  is the winner of the October 2017 Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services.

Many times the “backline” hospice caregivers do not receive a nomination because families don’t have as much direct contact as they do with the nursing staff.

Anna Butler puts her heart and soul into her job of serving families.  She dedicates herself to helping those in need of her care.  She is always available to meet with and help a family member in giving spiritual wisdom and direction for their pathway.

Anna also makes all of the arrangements for the two memorial services that MSHA holds each year at Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services in Johnson City.  No one realizes how much work and effort goes into creating and implementing this service to uplift and encourage the hearts of those who have lost a loved one during the past year.

Congratulations, Anna for a job well done!


November 2017 CAREGIVER OF THE MONTH IS Charlene jackson!
     CAN avalon HOSPICE IN JOHNSON CITY, TN

(Pictured left to right are Karen Tester, Charlene Jackson, CAN with Avalon Hospice in Johnson City, TN and Laura Graham, Community Outreach for Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services)

Charlene Jackson, CAN with Avalon Hospice in Johnson City, TN is the winner of the November 2017 Hospice Caregiver Award which is presented by Tetrick Funeral & Cremation  Services.

Charlene was nominated by Karen Tester of Elizabethton, TN whose mother was her patient.  Mrs. Tester had the following to say about why she nominated Charlene:

Charlene was very caring and extremely patient with my 97 year old mother.  She helped me so much in caring for my Mom.  Charlene could make my Mom smile and laugh but more importantly, Charlene was able to do her job without a big resistance from my Mom.  To be able to accomplish this task was amazing at times.  My Mom had to be lifted from bed to her chair and Charlene was just wonderful in doing this without putting Mom in pain.  Charlene is a very compassionate woman.  In fact, the entire Avalon team is just wonderful!

After my Mom passed away and Charlene had to take care of other patients, I truly missed her as my friend.

Charlene deserves to be the Hospice Caregiver of the Month because of her tireless and selfless and compassionate caregiving to those people she takes care of and to their families who depend on her to give excellent care to their loved one.

Thank you for your service and dedication, Charlene!