Village Shalom Awards 21st Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award
Always going above and beyond, Kim Green becomes the 21st recipient of the Wolff Award
A person who genuinely puts their heart into all they do makes an impact on everyone around them. In her three years at Village Shalom, Restorative Nurse Aide, Kim Green, has quickly become known as someone who goes above and beyond – putting the needs of residents above her own, and providing them with the same level of care and compassion as she would a member of her own family. On July 14, she received deserving recognition when she became the 21st recipient of Village Shalom’s Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award.
The Joseph and Eleanor Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award was established by the Wolff family in 2007. Eleanor Wolff was a resident in Village Shalom’s Weinberg Health Center prior to her passing in 2006. Her sons were so pleased with the extraordinary kindness and wonderful care she received, that they established a fund to reward outstanding Village Shalom employees who directly serve the needs of the community’s skilled nursing residents. The award provides a $750 cash prize, a statuette and a permanent place on the Wolff Award recipient wall in Village Shalom’s Weinberg Health Center. The fund will recognize two winners a year for a total of 25 years.
“[Winning this award] means everything to me,” said Green. “I treat everyone as I would my loved ones, with nothing but love and respect.”
Kim Green is overcome with emotion as she learns she is the 21st recipient of Village Shalom’s Joseph and Eleanor Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award.
Green wears many hats in addition to her position as a Restorative Nurse Aide. Eager to volunteer whenever a need is left unfilled, she covers as a CNA or scheduler – even in medical records and central supply. Always willing to go above and beyond, she will change her schedule for her restorative groups with residents when they need more care.
Green was selected from a field of 13 candidates. The other nominees were Rachel Thomas, Karen Longgood, Lisa Thackery, Allison Mannering, Patrick Rono, Ashlye Speer, Katy Uhrich, Candy Mika, Jenni Ruelle, Lori Wilson, Anne Allen, and Heidi Kaiser. Wolff Award nominations are made by fellow employees, skilled nursing residents, their family members, board members, volunteers and other visitors. The community’s management team serves as the award’s selection committee.
Nominees must meet several criteria to be eligible to receive the award. The candidate must put the needs of residents first, focus on resident-centered care, actively observe Residents’ Rights, be a demonstrated team player, go “above and beyond’ in all interactions, and actively “live the mission” by providing the highest quality of resident care to meet physical, social and spiritual needs. Green was nominated for the award by Village Shalom Director of Nursing, Muriel Lapsley.
“Kim genuinely touches every resident at Village Shalom with compassion, energy, and loving kindness, she embodies every characteristic of the Wolff Award,” said Lapsley.
“She’s very observant and recognizes changes in residents’ behaviors and physical conditions, reports it immediately and makes sure something gets done about it. She is truly an advocate.”