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Amedisys Honors 18 with Annual Spirit of Excellence Awards

Posted on: 10 Jan 18

BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amedisys, Inc., one of the nation’s leading home health, hospice and personal care companies in the nation, recognized 18 employees with the prestigious Spirit of Excellence Awards, one of the company’s highest honor.    

“Providing personalized, compassionate healthcare to our patients in their homes is the heart of our mission at Amedisys,” stated Susan Sender, Chief Clinical Officer. “Working in this business requires a special kind of person, and these extraordinary individuals represent the very best of what makes Amedisys successful and meaningful for our patients and families. I’m proud to honor them and their service.”

Each year, Amedisys honors Nurses of the Year, Director of Office Operations of the Year, Aides of the Year, Therapists of the Year, Clinical Manager of the Year, Patient Support Service Professional of the Year, Hospice Volunteers of the Year, and an Overall Spirit Award. From more than 17,000 employees nationwide and hundreds of nominations, 18 winners were named.

Winners demonstrate clinical excellence with patients, positively influence patients and their families, remain committed to the precepts of patient-centered care, achieve at a level above and beyond typical duties and promote patient independence.

Amedisys also recognizes a Corporate Support Professional of the Year who demonstrates exceptional support to the field, contributes to Amedisys’ four areas of strategic focus and exhibits the Amedisys core beliefs.

The winners were as follows:

  • Home Health Director of Operations: Brooke Glenn of Springfield, Mo.
  • Hospice Director of Operations: Michelle Burks of Toccoa, Ga.
  • Home Health Nurse of the Year: Stacey Barnett of Joplin, Mo. and MaDonna King of Tazewell, Tenn.
  • Hospice Nurse of the Year: Samantha Spangler of Marlborough, Ma. and Noreen Donlon of Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Therapist of the Year: Ballou Barrett of Greeneville, Tenn. and Cindy Matthiesen of Grove, Okla.
  • Aide of the Year: Mia Edwards of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Elizabeth Dubois of Auburn, Maine; Tracy Trammell of Dayton, Tenn. and Valerie Wright of Greenville, S.C.
  • Patient Support Professional of the Year: Rhonda Keefe of Sumter, S.C.
  • Clinical Manager of the Year: Beth Akers of Bluefield, W.V.
  • Hospice Volunteer of the Year: Judy Hinds of Portsmouth, N.H. and Gary Chickerell of Morgantown, W.V.
  • Overall Spirit Award Winner: Candi Davis of Springfield, Mo. 
  • Corporate Professional of the Year: Michelle Ruff, Regional Director of Financial Operations  

About Amedisys:
Amedisys, Inc. is a leading healthcare at home Company delivering personalized home health, hospice and personal care. Amedisys is focused on delivering the care that is best for our patients, whether that is home-based personal care; recovery and rehabilitation after an operation or injury; care focused on empowering them to manage a chronic disease; or hospice care at the end of life. We partner with 3,000 hospitals and 59,000 physicians nationwide who have chosen Amedisys as a partner in post-acute care. Founded in 1982, headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA with an executive office in Nashville, TN, Amedisys is a publicly held company. With more than 16,000 employees, in 432 care centers in 34 states, Amedisys is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to the doorsteps of more than 385,000 patients in need every year. For more information about the Company, please visit:


Kendra Kimmons
Vice President of Marketing & Communications



Last updated on: 11/01/2018

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