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” individual care. “He’s a single of individuals items from God.”

Posted 12:34 am Wednesday, December 28, 2022

WINNIE — When Chris Sheppard started functioning in the routine maintenance department of Riceland Healthcare Middle, he didn’t know he’d just one working day be one of the most-valued workers.

But six a long time later on, medical center officials are praising the now-Qualified Nursing Assistant for his work during COVID and over and above.

Quite a few many years back, the Beaumont resident was driving a bus to transportation clients to and from the medical center from nursing homes.

“When COVID hit, we experienced to shut that program down, so I pulled Chris in to support us with COVID screening,” mentioned Robert Jacobs, senior vice president of Healthcare Administration. “Chris was just one of our testers and we probably did 1,500 COVID exams across Southeast Texas and Houston.”

Afterward, Sheppard moved to the Winnie facility to support with people.

Riceland Medical Centre is located on Broadway Avenue in Winnie. (Courtesy picture)

“He’s always absent previously mentioned and over and above what an aide does,” Jacobs said. “He cares for the complete man or woman. Men and women examine other health care employees to Chris. He’s a single of those people items from God that set him there for the therapeutic element of it.”

Director of Nursing Kellie Hundley identified as Sheppard an all-star.

“During our flux of COVID sufferers, he held a donut and pizza occasion, which he paid out for and refused to let any individual aid with the purchases,” she stated.

“The people we experienced at this time were being from a local nursing property lock down device. The patients in the lockdown device are positioned in the unit thanks to Alzheimer’s, dementia and other psychological disabilities and are vulnerable to wander, turn out to be combative and have episodes of anxiousness. The majority of these sufferers can not recall their personal relatives members, still they would get in touch with for Chris when they needed something.”

Jacobs mentioned the exact same is genuine for his have household, when his father visited a various hospital and questioned for Chris.

“Chris would be the son they by no means had and truly hook up with sufferers a single on a single,” he claimed. “He makes sure they sense human again.”

Hundley explained she has witnessed him hold card video games and coffee several hours.

“Chris displays this conduct at all occasions with our clients,” she reported. “I can not say plenty of about him.”

Sheppard claimed he also enjoys assisting by delivering gentlemen with haircuts and shaves when they have to have it.

“I definitely love what I do and I’m heading to remain appropriate listed here,” he reported.