February 8, 2023

Riceland CNA praised for “all-star” affected person treatment. “He’s one particular of those people items from God.”

Printed 12:34 am Wednesday, December 28, 2022

WINNIE — When Chris Sheppard began operating in the routine maintenance department of Riceland Health care Heart, he did not know he’d one particular day be a person of the most-valued staff members.

But 6 a long time afterwards, medical center officers are praising the now-Licensed Nursing Assistant for his operate during COVID and further than.

A number of decades again, the Beaumont resident was driving a bus to transportation sufferers to and from the clinic from nursing homes.

“When COVID hit, we experienced to shut that system down, so I pulled Chris in to support us with COVID testing,” said Robert Jacobs, senior vice president of Health care Administration. “Chris was just one of our testers and we likely did 1,500 COVID tests across Southeast Texas and Houston.”

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

Riceland Health care Middle is positioned on Broadway Avenue in Winnie. (Courtesy image)

“He’s normally long gone earlier mentioned and outside of what an aide does,” Jacobs explained. “He cares for the entire individual. Men and women evaluate other healthcare personnel to Chris. He’s 1 of all those items from God that place him there for the therapeutic component of it.”

Director of Nursing Kellie Hundley termed Sheppard an all-star.

“During our flux of COVID clients, he held a donut and pizza social gathering, which he compensated for and refused to let everyone assistance with the purchases,” she explained.

“The clients we experienced at this time were being from a local nursing dwelling lock down device. The clients in the lockdown device are positioned in the unit thanks to Alzheimer’s, dementia and other psychological disabilities and are susceptible to wander, become combative and have episodes of anxiousness. The vast majority of these patients can not try to remember their own family associates, nonetheless they would contact for Chris when they necessary something.”

Jacobs claimed the very same is genuine for his have family, when his dad frequented a unique healthcare facility and questioned for Chris.

“Chris would be the son they never ever had and genuinely join with clients just one on a single,” he explained. “He would make confident they really feel human all over again.”

Hundley said she has witnessed him maintain card video games and espresso hours.

“Chris displays this behavior at all periods with our individuals,” she stated. “I can not say more than enough about him.”

Sheppard explained he also enjoys assisting by furnishing men with haircuts and shaves when they want it.

“I truly love what I do and I’m going to continue to be ideal below,” he explained.