Monroe Manor recognizes Employees of the Year

December 31, 2018

Submitted by Denny Hollingsworth

PARIS – A certified nurse’s aide [CNA] and a member of the dietary department were selected as Monroe Manor Nursing Home’s 2018 Employee of the Year [EOTY] and runner-up during ceremonies Thurs., Dec. 21.

Erin Potts was selected as the EOTY and Pauline McCain was named the runner-up.

Ms. Potts, 36, has worked at the Manor since she followed her parents, Dave and Robin Potts, of Holliday, to the Paris area from St. Charles three years ago.

The popular CNA can be the house clown when she chooses; however, Manor administrator Shari Embree said the new EOTY was a special employee.

“Erin has been a dedicated employee that we can always count on,” the administrator said. “Her fellow employees say she’s good to and for the residents, works well with others, friendly, covers shifts, the best.”

Erin has an eleven year old daughter, Adanna.

Pauline McCain, 54, is a native Texan, who migrated to Paris via Arizona with her husband, Bill, permanently in 2010. Her daughter, Stephanie, is a Manor employee, as is a grandson, Joseph, and her granddaughter, Hailey, is a student aide at the facility.

Ms. McCain has worked at Monroe Manor for four years. The administrator said Pauline first started in the nursing home’s activity department and eventually transferred to dietary as a cook.

According to Ms. Embree, “Pauline’s a great addition to the staff; she’s outstanding with customer service and a real good cook.”

She said Ms. McCain’s fellow employees commented that she, “Gives residents her undivided attention, very commented to the Manor’s residents and works great with other staff.”

Employees select the EOTY and the runner-up and generally are so secretive of their individual votes, the winners are always surprised. So was the case this year. Both women were amazed they’d been chosen.

“Surprised and very appreciative,“Erin Potts said after the announcement. “I’ve enjoyed meeting and working with the people here.”

Ms. McCain appeared to be stunned with her runner-up recognition. “I want to thank everybody for their gesture, what a wonderful honor, she said.”

Both women received certificates and cash prizes in recognition of their selections.

Along with the EOTY recognition, Ms. Embree presented continuous service awards to nine long-time employees that labor in a half-dozen of the facility’s departments.

Mrs. Embree said the Manor’s board of directors created the service awards monetary program in 2013 as an effort to show their appreciation and honor employees for their many years of continued dedicated service to the Manor and its residents.

Cash awards of $500 went to Sandra Duncan, Judy Gregg and Ms. Embree. Ms. Duncan has spent 35 years at the Manor; she was a long-time CNA before joining the activities department more than a decade ago. Judy Gregg has 30 years tenure and heads the laundry department. Mrs. Embree has completed 25 years of employment; she started as an administrative assistant, spent time as the business office manager and has been the administrator for 13 years.

CNA Lavonda Stamp was the recipient of $300 for 10 years of continuous employment, however, she has spent a total of 27 years in three different employment periods, 1985-87, 1988-2003 and 2008-present.

Four employees received $200 each for five continuous years of service. They included Julia Hughart a charge nurse RN; Andy Eckman, dietary department; Crystal Thorrington, housekeeping department and Wilda Gregg, who runs the Manor’s beauty parlor. Mrs. Gregg is one of the Manor’s longest serving employees; she has spent 38 years in dutiful employment, only taking off a short time to care for her now late husband five years ago.

In her opening remarks to a dining room filled with staff, guests and residents, Ms. Embree said the Manor had a busy year. She announced that the auxillary Cottage had been opened for full 12 months and was a successful venture; recognized five rather new and recent additions to the administrative staff: Dale Ransdell, building and grounds supervisor; Michelle Cockerham RN, director of nursing [DON]; Teresea Fieldli LPN, assistant DON; Julie Ensor RN, Minimal Data Set Coordinator [MDS] and Kathy Oenning LPN, care plan coordinator.

In addition to the various awards Ms. Embree distributed cash bonuses to all fulltime, part-time and student aides. She said, “We are forever appreciative of those that help care for our residents. Every employee strives to make the Manor the best it can be. There’s no easy job here; they’re all both physically and mentally challenging. It takes a special person to do this work. There’s no margin of error. I’m proud to be a member of this 24 hours a day, seven days a week team and want all our employees to feel the same.”