LOS ANGELES – Cherokee Uniforms, a leading provider of healthcare apparel, announced that Joe Grier, a "Volunteer Companion" at Alegent Creighton Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center, is a winner of its 11th annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. Grier is among six care providers across the country to be named a national award winner, selected for their impact on the lives of others through extraordinary care, sacrifice and innovation while serving as an inspiration to others. Grier is a national grand prize Inspired Comfort Award winner in the non-physician category.
For the last two years, the 90-yearld volunteer has spent every Wednesday afternoon with anxious elderly patients who are battling dementia at Bergan Mercy Medical Center. In his role as a "Volunteer Companion" in the post intensive care unit, Grier eases loneliness and reduces anxiety in elderly patients who have no family or visitors and/or are suffering from confusion and anxiety.
"Joe delights not only our patients, families, visitors and staff on the nursing unit, but he spreads his special kind of magic everywhere in the hospital," said Cheryl Morehouse, manager of Volunteer & Guest Services at Bergan Mercy Medical Center. "He doesn’t see himself or what he does as remarkable. The key to his actions is that he is not afraid to love."
While in his 80’s, Grier decided to challenge himself and learn Spanish. This skill has been a gift. He is often heard praying in Spanish with patients for whom Spanish is their native language. In addition to his service at Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Grier also distributes Communion each week at Creighton University Medical Center.
"We care for the mind, body and spirit of every person who comes through our doors – and Joe Grier is a wonderful example of how we care and comfort those in need of healing," said Marie Knedler, president of Bergan Mercy Medical Center. "Volunteers add so much to our hospitals, dedicating their time and talents in so many different ways. We are truly blessed to have such a caring and compassionate person working with us."
"Cherokee is thrilled to recognize Joe Grier for his compassion and dedication to patients who are suffering from an immensely difficult condition. He joins all of this year’s winners as a model for providing outstanding care and inspiration," said Michael Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Uniforms. "We are very proud to honor this remarkable man for his exemplary service which benefits patients in their times of need."
Since 2003, more than 10,000 healthcare providers have been nominated, with more than 100 honored as Inspired Comfort Award winners.
The award honors winners in categories including: Registered Nurses (RNs), Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs), Licensed Practical Nurses/Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPNs/LVNs), students enrolled in nursing school and other Non-Physician Healthcare Professionals. Judges selecting honorees include Cherokee Uniforms professionals, national nurse leaders and former Inspired Comfort Award recipients.
All winners receive:
- A wardrobe featuring the best of Cherokee Uniforms and Cherokee Footwear worth more than $1,000;
- A crystal Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award;
- A 14K gold-plated commemorative pin;
- A subscription to Scrubs – the nation’s first lifestyle magazine for nurses; and
- A $500 donation in their name to the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation.
For further information and official rules, visit www.inspiredcomfort.com or follow the award on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cherokeeuniforms and Twitter at @Inspired Comfort.
Cherokee Uniforms is the leader in the design of uniforms and footwear for nurses and other healthcare professionals, bringing comfort, quality, fashion and function to the forefront of healthcare apparel. Cherokee has the highest positive name recognition among nationally surveyed nurses and offers the widest range of fabrications, colors, prints, styles and sizes in medical uniforms.
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Cherokee Uniforms supports healthcare professionals through scholarships, media and information platforms, the Inspired Comfort Award for exceptional service and as a Foundation sponsor of the DAISY Award recognition programs.