Riceland CNA praised for “all-star” patient care. “He’s one of those gifts from God.” – Port Arthur News

Riceland CNA praised for “all-star” affected individual care. “He’s one particular of individuals items from God.”

Published 12:34 am Wednesday, December 28, 2022

WINNIE — When Chris Sheppard started functioning in the upkeep department of Riceland Healthcare Heart, he did not know he’d a single day be one of the most-valued workers.

But 6 years later on, hospital officers are praising the now-Certified Nursing Assistant for his perform through COVID and beyond.

Numerous many years back, the Beaumont resident was driving a bus to transport patients to and from the hospital from nursing houses.

“When COVID hit, we experienced to shut that software down, so I pulled Chris in to assistance us with COVID testing,” stated Robert Jacobs, senior vice president of Healthcare Administration. “Chris was one of our testers and we most likely did 1,500 COVID checks throughout Southeast Texas and Houston.”

Afterward, Sheppard moved to the Winnie facility to assist with sufferers.

Riceland Clinical Center is positioned on Broadway Avenue in Winnie. (Courtesy photograph)

“He’s always gone higher than and beyond what an aide does,” Jacobs said. “He cares for the complete particular person. People assess other health care staff to Chris. He’s one of all those presents from God that place him there for the therapeutic section of it.”

Director of Nursing Kellie Hundley named Sheppard an all-star.

“During our flux of COVID people, he held a donut and pizza occasion, which he paid for and refused to enable anybody aid with the buys,” she explained.

“The individuals we experienced at this time were being from a neighborhood nursing home lock down device. The clients in the lockdown device are put in the device because of to Alzheimer’s, dementia and other mental disabilities and are prone to wander, become combative and have episodes of stress and anxiety. The the greater part of these people can not remember their individual household associates, yet they would phone for Chris when they wanted something.”

Jacobs explained the identical is legitimate for his have spouse and children, when his father visited a diverse medical center and asked for Chris.

“Chris would be the son they hardly ever had and definitely link with people one particular on just one,” he reported. “He makes positive they really feel human all over again.”

Hundley explained she has witnessed him keep card games and espresso hours.

“Chris displays this behavior at all periods with our clients,” she explained. “I can not say plenty of about him.”

Sheppard explained he also enjoys serving to by offering adult males with haircuts and shaves when they require it.

“I genuinely take pleasure in what I do and I’m going to stay suitable here,” he said.

By Percy