Katy Fournie, an occupational therapist at Life Care Center of Pensacola, Florida, received Life Care Centers of America’s Southeast Division Whatever It Takes And Then Some Award on Aug. 16, 2017, for her dedication to customer service.
Executives from Life Care awarded Fournie a $1,000 cash prize during an awards ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee. She was chosen from among hundreds of associates in the Southeast Division and was one of only eight associates from Life Care’s more than 200 facilities nationwide to receive the award.
While Fournie does her work well daily, she was honored for a special act of caring in 2016.
Fournie is a member of the Pensacola Quilters Guild and used her hobby to bless residents at the facility. She talked to the group about creating lap-sized patriotic quilts for veterans at Life Care Center of Pensacola, and she took part in quilting bees that the organization held to work on the project. The activity director contacted local active-duty servicemen to present the quilts to the residents on Veterans Day.
When there were a few quilts left over after the ceremony, Fournie contacted a local assisted living facility and arranged for the quilts to go to veterans there.
“One gentleman who had been in the Vietnam War told us he had never been thanked for his service,” said Fournie. “The service was a profound experience, and I was just part of a movement that was out to make sure people knew they were cared about. There were a lot of people involved in making the quilts.”
Life Care Centers of America’s Whatever It Takes And Then Some program rewards associates for extraordinary acts of kindness. Monthly awards are presented in Life Care facilities nationwide based on nominations from fellow associates, family members, residents and guests. Each facility then chooses an annual winner, from which the divisional winners are selected.
“Dedicated caregivers routinely go far above and beyond their job descriptions, and Katy Fournie certainly demonstrates by her example their professionalism and compassion for the residents they serve,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “We are proud of Katy and the thousands she represents in their selfless approach to the needs of others.”