The Good Samaritan Society, a Lutheran Social Service Organization, is a not-for-profit, registered charity with over 65 years of experience providing specialized health and community care services in innovative and caring environments.
Awards are open to all Good Samaritan Employees. Nominations open May 10 and close May 31, 2023.
Each award is open to one employee across Good Samaritan.
The mission award recognizes an employee that best exemplifies extending Christian hospitality in a meaningful and creative way. They embody the organizations mission statement.
“Myrna upholds the GSS Christian values by being honest and sincere. She is fully dedicated to GSS and the residents that she serves. She strives to provide the site with information and ongoing support to do her best to achieve the goals set for the site.”
The vision award recognizes an employee who continually supports our vision to grow in strength, excellence and creativity in caring for others.
“Lindsey orchestrated wound rounds with our health authority wound care nurse specialist, and spent hours designing a tracking document to ensure accurate vaccination information was passed to our pharmacy vaccine team. She took on our Quality initiatives and triple-checked each chart to make sure it met Quality standards before our audits… which we then passed with flying colours!”
The healthy relationships award recognizes an employee that works in supportive partnerships and opens their heart to others by affirming their goodness and potential. They make it a priority to develop and foster every relationship they are a part of.
“Kathy is genuinely kind, caring and interested in others. She is welcoming, positive and has an open, honest way of interacting with her team, residents and their families. Kathy displays kindness, respect and patience when facilitating our care conference meetings. Kathy handles complaints/criticism with poise, grace and professionalism.”
The hospitable environments category recognizes an employee that provides safe, comfortable communities inspiring involvement, where people experience a sense of caring, belonging and purpose.
“Tito brightens the resident’s and care staff days with his affable nature and always has a moment to hear and assure residents when they are experiencing distress or want to do something nice for a fellow resident or staff.”
The servant leadership category recognizes an employee who continually demonstrate the core values of the Good Samaritan through exemplary servant leadership qualities. They lead through the giving of themselves in service to others, by acting with courage in a trustworthy and ethical manner.
“Sandra leads by example and inspires others to step up and demonstrate leadership through her actions and results. Her dedication and commitment to her work are evident in the positive impact she has had during external partner audits. She consistently goes the extra mile to ensure that audit preparatory tasks are complete and supports are in place for care home leaders.”
The resident/client experience award recognizes a team that has implemented a change or made an improvement to how residents/clients and their families experience healthcare services. This team continually prioritizes all aspects of person centered healthcare service delivery to stay focused on those that we serve. Demonstrable improvements in or positive impact on culture, quality, safety and/or financial indicators will be used to determine the recipient of this award.
“The Chaplains team transition from pastoral care providers to clinical chaplains has been instrumental in enhancing the spiritual care services offered within our organization. By being members of the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) and embracing a holistic approach to care, the chaplains have expanded their role to provide spiritual care to all residents, families, team members, volunteers, and community partners. This transition has not only improved the accessibility of spiritual care but also fostered a culture of inclusivity and support for individuals from diverse backgrounds and faith traditions.”
The quality improvement award recognizes a team that has demonstrated a relentless focus on driving forward quality improvement. This team is a strong advocate of quality improvement: leading, influencing, motivating and engaging others in improvement efforts with an unwavering focus on improving outcomes for resident/clients. This team has implemented a quality improvement initiative(s) focused on a single issue resulting in a measurable, positive impact within Good Samaritan.
“The Southern Alberta Regional Maintenance Team consistently drives forward quality improvement projects in the region to ensure the residents are comfortable and happy in their homes. Many of these projects are behind the scenes and are not visible to staff and residents but come with tireless work from the maintenance staff.”