Dorothy Hedrick: Kind and dependable
Dorothy Hedrick celebrated 44 years as a certified nursing assistant at Pendleton Manor on Jan. 1. Dorothy says she would like to make it to 45 years before retiring. Dorothy’s co-workers have many kind things to say about her.
“Dorothy is very down-to-earth and incredibly kind hearted,” says RayElla Hoover. “She is extremely dedicated to making sure the residents’ needs are met.”
“When in training, the new CNAs reach out to her and she loves to help them grow in their new position,” says Ruth Clarke.
“She is dedicated, loyal and reliable,” says Cathy Puffenbarger. “She works hard and never gives up.”
“Dorothy has been a pleasure to work with,” says Krista Simmons. She is dedicated and caring. She also has a big heart. When one of our residents is in the last hours of their life journey, she is always there to provide comfort.”
Dorothy was born and raised in Highland County, Virginia. The youngest of nine children, she was the only one to graduate from high school. Dorothy grew up on a farm where a strong work ethic was instilled in her at an early age. She married Harper Hedrick and they raised three children: Donald, Dianne and Debbie. She has six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband passed away in 1992.
Reflecting on her career, Dorothy says, “I have always been a CNA, but my duties have included other roles. I appreciate the employees who have helped me with the changes in technology. I have come to know a lot of nice people through the residents and their families, as well as staff.”
Congratulations, Dorothy! You are an example to your co-workers of integrity, dependability and kindness. You work hard and take pride in your work, and we take great pride in you!
Susan Rexrode: Dedicated to residents
Susan Rexrode was hired on Dec. 12, 1979, and is celebrating her 40th anniversary at Pendleton Manor. Susan was hired as a CNA, and was also a treatment aide and restorative aide. In 1986, Susan became an activity assistant. Susan was certified as a licensed Activities Director in 1996.
When asked about her tenure at Pendleton Manor, Susan says, “I am very proud of my 40 years of service to the same facility. I enjoy the staff and the residents. I miss them when I am on PTO. The residents are my reward. They appreciate anything that you do for them. I have certainly seen a lot of changes over the years. One constant has remained — the enjoyment and pride that I have for my job and the Pendleton Manor family.”
Long-time co-workers say, “Susan gives her whole heart and is dedicated to make the residents’ lives better. On a daily basis, she plans and coordinates staff and resident schedules, manages the scheduling of entertainment, as well as one-on-one activities between her staff and residents. Maintaining her CNA license, she is always willing to help whenever she is called upon. She has a wonderful attitude toward residents and co-workers alike.”
Susan grew up in Pendleton County and graduated from Circleville High School. She and Ronald celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in July 2019. They have one son, Nick, daughter-in-law, Kitty, and one granddaughter, Reagan.
We are proud of Susan's commitment and service to her community.
Ruth Clarke: A heart for residents
Ruth Clarke has been a CNA at Pendleton Manor since March 2012, where she works the night shift. She was also a CNA here from 1993 until 2005.
One of Ruth’s co-workers says she is so good with the residents and they all love her. Ruth makes sure the residents always have what they need.
She is a wonderful worker, reliable, and makes sure she is here on time to work her shift. Other employees say that Ruth is very dependable and loves working with the residents. The residents and staff miss her when she is gone.
Congratulations to Ruth on being a Shining Star.
Bowers sisters: Decades of dedication
The Bowers sisters — Lucille, Carolyn and Janet — grew up in Friends Run, Franklin, West Virginia, with their sister Shirley Sisson and parents Carl and Catherine Bowers, who instilled in each one of them a strong work ethic while teaching them the love of God and love of family and passing on a heritage of music. The family sang together growing up and you can still find them sharing their talents.
Lucille McLaughlin came to Pendleton Manor in 1976 as a junior in high school and worked as a CNA for 15 years before joining the business office in 1991. Lucille, a skilled phlebotomist, begins her workday drawing and documenting labs before going to the business office. Lucille also maintains her CNA and home health aide license, and assists as time allows. Lucille says, “I love the residents. I love talking to them and hearing their life stories. With the addition of my two sisters to the staff, this is really home. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.” Lucille and Richard McLaughlin have been married for 40 years. They have one daughter, Beth, and three grandchildren.
Carolyn Simmons came to Pendleton Manor on March 1, 2007, first as a part-time inventory clerk and then full-time in resource development. She worked in both inventory and resource development until March of 2019 when she semi-retired. Carolyn currently works part-time managing gifting accounts, donor thank you letters, quarterly newsletters and grant writing. Carolyn says, “Working here is working with family. Not only my sisters, but the residents have become my family.” Carolyn and Donnie Simmons have been married for 47 years. They have one daughter, Cathy Bennett, and two granddaughters.
Janet Roberson joined Pendleton Manor's nursing staff on Nov. 11, 2015, as the 200 Wing unit manager, infection control and wound care. In January of 2019, she accepted the position of 500 wing unit manager and infection control. She also works the floor as a charge nurse or phlebotomist. Janet says, “Coming home to Pendleton Manor allows me to serve residents of my community, folks I have been around all my life. Here, I have witnessed the love between staff and residents as never before. Yes, I work with my sisters, but the whole place is family. Everyone knows everyone and it is a close-knit facility.” Janet is married to Randy Roberson and has two children and eight grandchildren.
Congratulations to Lucille, Carolyn and Janet for being Shining Stars.
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Kristy Durham: Serving others with compassion and joy
Kristy Durham has been chosen as the next Shining Star of Pendleton Manor. Her co-workers describe her as friendly, talkative and respectful of everyone.
Kristy began working at Pendleton Manor in February of 2019 as a bed maker. She excels in her position and always ensures the beds are clean and everyone has fresh water. If she sees something that needs to be done, she gladly steps in keeping the manor clean for all residents.
Kristy is known for going the extra mile to help. At the end of her day, she’s known to stay and visit with residents. On her days off, she brings in snacks. She is compassionate, loving and co-works say she goes beyond her bed making duties. She shows kindness to everyone with a smile on her face.
Her care for residents shows through in many ways. She can be found taking residents outside, helping them to and from the dining room, and getting snacks for residents to help the CNA staff.
Residents adore Kristy. She never complains and is a joy to be around. She is an amazing addition to our team! Congratulations, Kristy, on being chosen as a Shining Star at Pendleton Manor!