South Jersey Hospice Presents Award to Certified Home Health Aide for Service Excellence
Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice presented the annual Judy Taylor Award for Home Health Service Excellence to Amelia Pernicello of Hainesport, NJ at its annual Winterfest celebration where employees and volunteers are recognized for their service milestones and dedication to the not-for-profit organization.
The award is presented to a hospice certified home health aide (CHHA) who has exceeded expectations and showed outstanding performance in his or her job. Amelia Pernicello, a Samaritan CHHA since 2006, did so by consistently earning compliments from hospice patients and their families about her gentle care and extraordinary compassion.
(from left) Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice’s President/CEO Mary Ann Boccolini, Certified Home Health Aide Amelia Pernicello, and Director of Clinical Services Eva Russell. Pernicello was recently presented with the Judy Taylor Award for Home Health Aide Service Excellence.
“Amelia wanted to work for Samaritan Hospice after witnessing the top-notch care we provided for her mom. She wanted to give back by being hands on,” said Eva Russell, Samaritan director of clinical support. “Amelia goes above and beyond when she works with her patients. She always knows just what they need – even if it is playing a game of checkers. Her work ethic and dedication are remarkable.”
Judy Taylor, the award’s namesake, retired from the South Jersey hospice in 2011 after working in the CHHA department for 25 years. She served as inspiration and role model for the more than 80 aides she supervised, and coordinated all functions of a department that is an essential part of the hospice team.
Hospice CHHAs provide personal services such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. They also support patients and families by providing light housekeeping and laundry services, serving small meals and snacks, and supporting family caregivers by teaching appropriate ways to lift, turn, and re-position their loved one, to keep them as comfortable as possible.
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