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Congratulations, Kristen Robison, RN!

Advocating for the medically fragile community is a key value at Angels of Care. We strive not only to provide exceptional home health services to our pediatric patients, but to also fight for the rights of this amazing community. Kristen Robison, RN, is the VP of Governmental Affairs at Angels of Care Pediatric Home Health. For more than a decade, she has been involved with the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice (TAHCH), an organization which advocates for ethical practices, quality, and economic viability of licensed providers in Texas. Based out of Austin, TX, TAHCH is a statewide association that represents over 1200 home health and hospice agencies. Kristen has served in many different tiers of this association and has recently received a new title.

Since becoming involved in TAHCH, Kristen has advocated for home health agencies in multiple settings at both state and federal levels. Her roles have included Chair of the Pediatric Committee, a member of the TAHCH Board of Directors in the Pediatric Auspice, and, as of this August, she is now the President-Elect. She will hold this position until next year when she becomes President. After that, she will take on the position of Immediate Past President for a year, resulting in a four-year term. In addition to her numerous roles at TAHCH, Kristen has also been honored for her commitment to advocacy in home health and hospice community as 2017 and 2018 Chairperson of the Year.

In the ever changing world of health care, it is important to have dedicated individuals to actively represent the medically fragile community. Angels of Care is passionate about advocacy not only for the home health community in its entirety, but for each individual patient we provide services for. Thank you, Kristen, for being a voice for this community and for your dedication to such an important cause. To learn more about the current issues TAHCH is addressing and how you can help advocate for home health care and hospice, visit www.tahch.org.

Gage’s Pages — “Boxed for Success”

With the 2019-2020 school year about to commence, families are hustling to gather school supplies and prepare for the first day of school. However, children need a lot more than just school supplies to succeed. In order to do their best in school, they also need to feel their best. This is why Gage’s Pages has organized their 7th Annual Gage’s Pages School Supply Drive featuring their new program “Boxed for Success”. Members of the community are encouraged to “adopt a box” to fill with supplies students need to kick start their school year with success. Gage’s Pages was formed after a sweet young boy passed away in 2012. Inspired by Gage’s amazing life, his family began collecting book donations to benefit Denison ISD as a way to honor his memory and support the education of local children.

Angels of Care not only advocates for medically fragile children, but additionally loves to support the health and education of the local youth. Recruiting Manager, Eric McInnis, discovered this amazing opportunity and the entire Sherman recruiting department rallied together to fill their very first box! The team collected spirals, pencils, art supplies, socks, underwear, tooth brushes, and more which will be donated to Denison High School. Fulfilling the “Boxed for Success” wish list was an incredibly rewarding experience and Angels of Care looks forward to contributing in the future as well as helping to spread the word about Gage’s Pages.

To learn more about how you can contribute to the education of Denison ISD students, please visit:

www.gagespages.net

AUGUST 2019’S FIELD EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH — ALEXANDRA WELLER!

Congratulations to August’s Field Employee of the Month, Alexandra Weller! Alexandra is an RN for our Dallas branch and has been a member of the Angels of Care family since fall of 2018. Alexandra says that her favorite thing about working at Angels of Care is being involved in all aspects of her patient’s care. Seeing her patient reach certain milestones makes everything she does as a nurse that much more rewarding. She openly expressed how thankful she is for the family she is currently working with because of their kindness and patience.

When she’s not spending time with her medically fragile patient, Alexandra is getting outdoors and finding adventure! She loves hanging out with her friends, running, hiking, reading, trying new restaurants, and of course, partaking in the occasional Netflix binge. For a more exciting outdoor experience, Alexandra enjoys visiting national parks across the country. Zion National Park and Mesa Verde National Park are her two favorites! However, next year she plans to explore new lands when she travels abroad to Scotland and Ireland! She’s even think Iceland could be next on her travel list!

Back at home, she sticks to her roots and considers her parents and little sister the most important people in her life as they constantly inspire her to be the best version of herself. Additionally, her friends are a huge part of her life as they are constantly encouraging and helping each other, especially when they need it the most. When she’s not spending time with her loved ones, you can bet Alexandra will be watching documentaries, reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, listening to Bill Nye’s podcast “Science Rules!”, dusting her impressive vinyl record collection, or playing with her awesome pups Poe, Pepe, and Snowball.

Thank you so much for all you do as an Angels of Care nurse, Alexandra! The amount of care and dedication you offer your patient makes us proud to call you an AOC Nurse.

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Employee Appreciation Day 2019 – Colorado

Our main goal at Angels of Care is to spread our HALOS values with as many families as possible. Just like Bonnie West, everyone at AOC is passionate about creating a safe, trustworthy home health resource for medically fragile children and young adults. So, in 2017, we finally checked off another item off of the AOC bucket list by opening up a branch in Denver, Colorado! We are thrilled to be serving Colorado and the past two years have been a wonderful, rewarding adventure. However, this growth would not have been possible without the Denver branch’s dedicated team. To show our thanks, Angels of Care – Denver had its first official Employee Appreciation Day!

The Pueblo Zoo was the perfect place to host the first annual Employee Appreciation Day for our Colorado family. Wide, open spaces provided plenty of room for children with wheelchairs to explore and not be inhibited. There was plenty of shaded space for chatting, exploring, and for the patients’ families to meet and connect with members of the Denver branch. In addition to seeing familiar faces and making new friends, the employees and patients were accompanied by some beautiful male peacocks!

Although we were celebrating in Colorado, the Texas heat decided to show up for the party. Luckily, the Pueblo Zoo provided plenty of shade via pavilion and mature trees to keep the overzealous sunshine at bay! The calls of the zoo animals drifted over to the celebration as everyone excitedly chatted and got to know each other. Because Colorado is so much smaller than Texas it was great to see how tight knit the AOC family there is. Texas team members Ashlyn, Justin, and Ashley were welcome guests and it was the perfect opportunity for them to connect with the Denver branch.

We had a special surprise when we were able to experience one of the AOC angels, John Michael, exhibit his awesome animal knowledge as an employee of the Pueblo Zoo! He has come a long way since beginning services with Angels of Care and now has the opportunity to provide presentations to zoo guests on various animals and their habitats! It was inspiring to see John Michael’s passion come to life as he introduced Leadership to some of his unique animal friends.

To cap off the day, a picnic style lunch was served complete with crispy, delicious fried chicken. Some members of the Colorado Leadership Team decided to show off some of their service skills by serving the employees their lunch just before the special prize giveaways started. Amidst the fun, several Colorado Leadership team members had opportunities to speak to all of the Employee Appreciation Day attendees. They introduced the office staff to all of the field employees before showing their appreciation for the Angels of Care family. Leadership wanted to express their gratitude to field and office staff alike for all that they do on a daily basis to bring Bonnie West’s vision to fruition in the beautiful state of Colorado. Their positive representation of Angels of Care in the community has begun to spread the HALOS culture across the state of Colorado and will continue to do so in the future. This was the first of many Employee Appreciation Days to come and Angels of Care is so delighted to have this one-of-a-kind team to forge the way as we continue to grow and touch families across the state of Colorado.

Do you want to become a part of the Angels of Care family in either Texas or Colorado? We would love to have you!

Contact us at careers@angelsofcare.com | 903-532-1400

August 2019’s Office Employee of the Month — Juanita Griggs!

When a patient’s Spanish speaking family initially calls Angels of Care to seek home health for their child, there’s a good chance they’re going to speak with Juanita Griggs, our Bilingual Intake Coordinator. Juanita is a ray of sunshine and has an unparalleled dedication to her clients, patients, colleagues, and to Angels of Care. After being with us for 3 years (this coming October) Juanita knows all of the ins and outs of the intake department and is an asset to AOC. She says that the best thing about working at AOC is “the feeling that we have made a difference in a family’s life” and we have no doubt that Juanita does that on a daily basis.

In addition to being an outstanding employee, Juanita is a wonderful individual who is passionate about her husband and children. She describes her husband, Lonnie, as her “rock” and her children as her “life”. In fact, she loves her family so much that when asked if would ever want to trade places with someone in history her response was, “I wouldn’t trade places with anybody because that would mean I wouldn’t have my family!” She says that her kids inspire her to do her best every day and keeping them smiling and laughing makes all her hard work worth it. #bestmomever

While she may not want to take a little vacation from life to trade places with any celebrities, she has no objections to getting away on a vacation every once in a while!  Her favorite place to visit so far has been her honeymoon spot, Cozumel. She loved the beach, the sand, and of course, the margaritas! In the future, she would love to travel to Egypt. She is fascinated by its history and culture, wants to visit the pyramids, and maybe even find a little adventure while she’s there! When she’s not day dreaming about jet-setting, she loves doing handy chores around the house, although she is self-admittedly not very good at it (ha!), binge-watching Little Women of LA, and coloring in coloring books.

Juanita, thank you so much for all that you do at Angels of Care. You have shown your love for AOC for 3 years and we hope that you see how much you’re appreciated here!  Congratulations on being Angels of Care’s August 2019 Office Employee of the Month!!

Employee Appreciation Day 2019 — Texas

At Angels of Care Pediatric Home Health we LOVE OUR EMPLOYEES!!! The hard work and dedication of our incredible nurses and office staff does not go unnoticed. So, every year, we like to show our staff how much we appreciate them with Employee Appreciation Day giveaways!!

As y’all know, summers in Texas are HOT. So what better way to kick off Employee Appreciation Day than with Kona Ice sno-cones?  The Kona Ice truck had every flavor imaginable and was even equipped with a tap on the outside for the AOC employees to make their own cones. If that wasn’t enough to cool us down, the water guns full of ice water definitely did the trick! The rest of the afternoon was full of pizza and fellowship while we eagerly awaited the big giveaway. Angels of Care’s founder, Bonnie West, along with her family got the real party started when Jessica Riggs, our President and CEO, announced that it was time for the much anticipated car giveaway. This year’s car was a 2019 electric blue Ford Mustang and wow was it pretty. Jessica shook the box as everyone crossed their fingers, toes, and said a little prayer. She pulled out a name and read it aloud, “Kelli Mullens!” Kelli is one of the nurses at Angels of Care and she will now have a brand new ride every time she goes to see her patient! Afterwards was the drawing for 24 cash prizes and that really raised the excitement level to a 10. Everyone was cheering as name after name was drawn and all were rooting for their friends each time the drawing box was shaken. The staff at Angels of Care work so hard during the week to provide our special needs kids with their home health services, so it was wonderful to see them have such a fun time as leadership showed them their appreciation.

The nurses and office staff are key players in the success of Angels of Care. Every day we strive to provide exceptional care for our special needs patients to ensure that their needs are met and their families’ worries are eased. Our nurses go above and beyond for their patients, developing relationships with them and their families and making the healthcare process as positive as possible. Behind the scenes, our office staff is constantly speaking and working with families to ensure their needs are being met, making sure their fellow employees are being taken care of, and working to create an overall sense of fellowship and order to help the entire process go smoothly. This is why Employee Appreciation Day is so important at Angels of Care. Without the Angels of Care employees working together every day towards a better future, Bonnie West’s vision of helping special needs children could have never reached fruition. Thank you to everyone who makes Angels of Care a special place. The world is a little brighter because of all that you do.

To learn more about our pediatric home health services, contact us today! 855-45-ANGEL

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