Pen Bay Healthcare honors nursing assistants

Dan Thorburn (From left), Jacki Choudhari, Meagen Luce, Kayla Pendleton and Courtney Ausplund work as certified nursing assistants in the Medical-Surgical Units at Pen Bay Medical Center.
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Dan Thorburn (From left), Jacki Choudhari, Meagen Luce, Kayla Pendleton and Courtney Ausplund work as certified nursing assistants in the Medical-Surgical Units at Pen Bay Medical Center.
Posted July 11, 2011, at 6:48 p.m.

ROCKLAND — Nancy Marcille practically lights up when she speaks of the about 75 certified nursing assistants who care around the clock for patients and residents at Quarry Hill, the Camden retirement community where she serves as director of nursing.

Kicking off the community’s celebration of Certified Nursing Assistant Week, June 16-23, Marcille called CNAs “the unsung heroes — the heart and soul — of health care.”

“They’re the world changers,” she said. “Their kindness, caring and commitment impact the lives of everyone with whom they interact. They are the constant and the foundation of senior care. CNAs are the people who are at the bedside, ready to help, to listen, to fill in for family when family can’t be there, and to share news from the larger community. They’re the eyes and ears of our professional nursing staff, helping pick up on subtle changes related to each person’s well-being.”

The CNAs who work at the Knox Center were recognized during Nurses Week in May, along with medical technicians and licensed staff. “It is your combined effort working as a team that results in the excellent care provided here,” said Carmen Christensen, director of nursing. “Every day we see the commitment you all have to providing the best care for the people of our community here at Knox.”

“The CNAs are the heart of all the units,” said Farrah Hill, nurse manager of the Medical-Surgical North unit at Pen Bay Medical Center. “We would not be able to do all the great work we do without them. We appreciate them and all the hard work they do on

a day-to-day basis.”

During CNA Appreciation Week and Nurses Week, nursing assistants were treated to an ice cream social, an outdoor barbecue and other celebratory meals, and drawings for gift cards and gift baskets, as well as skin care treatments, yoga and massages.

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