Thursday, April 27, 2017


VHCC Staff at Employee Awards Banquet.
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently held an employee banquet for 2016 awards. Kristy Earick, CEO/Executive Director, and Dana Weatherspoon, Director of Nursing, recognized and presented individual employees with various awards. Earick acknowledged the award winners, “It is an honor to present these awards to our valued employees. They are deserving of recognition for their level of commitment to their patients and residents. I'm truly honored to work with such amazing people!”

For perfect attendance in 2016 award recipients included: Amy Elifritz, Cook; Christina Louk, STNA: Alma May, Cook; Kathleen McKibben, Laundry; Karen Stanley, Laundry; and Margie Unrast, RN. Customer Service Award recipients were Mary Rahm, LPN, Bronze Customer Service Award; Lexi Kincaid, Silver Customer Service Award; and Christina Louk, STNA, Gold Customer Service Award.

Pinnacle Customer Service Awards for “Best in Class” for 2016 winners included the Admissions Process, Laundry, and Professional Therapy Services. The Department Turnaround Award for 2016 was a tie between two departments and went to Activities and Laundry Services. Amber Whittaker, Assistant Business Office Manager, was the winner of the Pursuit of Excellence-Individual Advancement Award. Rookie of the Year went to Activities Director, Kim Fair.

The QAPI Charter of the Year Award went to the Controlled Substance Charter chaired by Chris Huber, TCU Case Manager, and members Dana Weatherspoon, Director of Nursing; MaryAnn Ford, South Nurse Manager; Lynn Eschbach, Director of Staff Development; and Tami Stover, TCU Case Manager. Therese Pohlman, Business Office Manager, was the Department Head of the Year Award winner. Nurse of the Year went to Margie Unrast, RN, and STNA of the Year went to Casey Ellis. The following employees were awarded the Employee of the Year Awards for their respective departments: Karen Stanley, Environmental Services; Paula Varvel, Dining Services; Stephen Winner, Therapy; and Angie Kaiser, Ancillary Staff.

The Donna Varner “Heart of an Angel” Award was also presented. Donna Varner was an STNA at Versailles Health Care Center from 1986 until her untimely passing in 2014. Donna’s passing was a very large and painful loss for her co-workers and the many people whom she had touched in her 28 year tenure. Donna truly was an Angel on earth. She was the most giving, loving and selfless Versailles Health Care Center employee. She gave of herself graciously. She was so proud to be a Nursing Assistant and she was one the best ever. Donna genuinely loved her residents and always went above and beyond, often giving of her own time and money, to make sure they had anything and everything they wanted. Her angel spirit was also displayed in her community as she was always the first one to start and lead community giving projects for those less fortunate. Anytime anyone was going through a hard time, Donna was always the first one to start a donation collection, offer to babysit, visit at the hospital, call pray or bake a batch of her famous cookies! To keep Donna’s spirit alive at VHCC, the ‘Donna Varner “Heart of an Angel” Award’ was created and the recipient of the award will demonstrate Donna’s relentless compassion to the residents and ongoing dedication to the Vision, Mission and Values of VHCC. The winner of the Donna Varner Heart of an Angel Award was STNA Stacy Grisez.

Congratulations to the staff of Versailles Health Care Center! If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, call 937-526-5570 or visit

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