Transitional Care Unit Nursing Assistant Jenna Lundquist of Aitkin today received Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Trophy Fish Award for going above and beyond in the care of a resident.
Lundquist, who has been a member of the Care Center’s staff the past seven years, was recognized for the special care she gave a young resident who had multiple complex health issues, was depressed and more than 100 miles from home and his friends. Her nominator, Nurse Manager Krista Spizzo, R.N., wrote: “Jenna encouraged and supported him to keep up his mobility every day she was here working.”
In addition, for several months, Lundquist brought the resident a turtle latte coffee every Tuesday which she paid for out of her own pocket. “This small act of kindness brightened his day and helped him cope during his long stay with us,” Spizzo said. “On his day of discharge, Jenna helped pack up his room. In her last moments as his caregiver, tears were being suppressed. It’s hard not be touched by the relationship they formed while he was experiencing such a difficult time in his life.”
Social Services & Activities Director Ali Meyer also nominated Lundquist saying, “Jenna goes above and beyond purchasing “good” shampoo and conditioner out of her own pocket so residents get the best product for their hair and wellbeing. Jenna also takes time out of her day to polish residents’ nails, keep them comfortable and provide the highest level of care.”