Burgess Foundation Announces New Director

The Burgess Foundation announced Bobbi Johnson as Director of Foundation and Community Outreach. Johnson will be responsible for coordinating all development and public relations activities and implementing a plan of strategic growth in the cultivation, solicitation, and distribution of gifts for the Burgess Foundation.

“I am honored to serve in this position and for an organization we are so fortunate to have in our rural community,” said Johnson. “I am thrilled to be a part of the Burgess Foundation to support the hospital’s priorities.”

“This is an exciting time for the Foundation. We are positioned well in many ways to grow for the benefit of the communities we serve,” said Carl P. Behne, CEO of Burgess Health Center. “With Bobbi’s passion for excelling and willingness to learn, she will be an excellent leader.”

Johnson was born and raised in Monona County, and after college, she and her husband, Cory, moved back to western Iowa to raise their family. She enjoys supporting her children’s events, spending time with family, and boating on Blue Lake. Bobbi and Cory have four boys, Andrew, 18, Breyden, 16, Tyler, 13, and Calvin, 10. 

 

Community Enjoys Thanksgiving Feast – To Go

Thank you to all who volunteered and drove through the 11th Annual Burgess People Care Thanksgiving Dinner. Over 175 community members received a delicious Thanksgiving Feast, take-out style this year.

Volunteers started preparing for this event months ago, knowing that additional considerations were needed for take-out options. This type of event requires many dedicated helpers, and this year Boy Scout Troop 332 volunteered their time. Burgess employees donated many of the needed grocery items, and volunteers made pies. Cooks were peeling potatoes and making turkeys in their own homes on Wednesday night. It was a team effort, and the result was a remarkable Thanksgiving for all involved.

Burgess People Care, an employee organization at Burgess Health Center, sponsors this event each year and relies on the generosity of employees, friends, family, and other community members to make it happen. The committee wants to thank the many volunteers and donors who work to keep Nancy Broer’s dream of a community dinner on Thanksgiving alive.

 

Guardian Angel’s Recognized at Burgess Health Center

Burgess Health Center is proud to announce the nomination of Brenda Hinrickson and Jenny Kenney from the Burgess Home Health and Hospice Department for the Burgess Foundation Guardian Angel Award.

Sandy Harris, along with her brother Dennis Lee and sister, Vicky Lee, want to recognize and thank these two exceptional caregivers by nominating and donating in honor of her beloved mother, LaVirta “Vertie” Lee. These caregivers went above and beyond to care for Vertie and her family.

“With family members living in Seattle, Phoenix, and Soldier, they took extra time to communicate with all of us in a very compassionate way,” said Harris. “We appreciated their professionalism and the kindness they extended to our family.”

“We are so pleased that our mother’s last days were treated with dignity and loving care,” added Harris.

Burgess Foundation’s Guardian Angel program provides patients, family members, and friends a chance to show their gratitude to a physician, nurse, or another caregiver who has played an exceptional role in their lives. The Guardian Angel received an acknowledgment letter announcing that a donation has been made in their honor and given a custom-crafted lapel pin to wear proudly.

Did a caregiver at Burgess make a memorable difference for you or your family? If so, you can honor that special person in a highly visible way through Burgess Foundation’s Guardian Angel program. It is more than a pin. When you take advantage of our Guardian Angel program, you also help ensure the future of outstanding health care in the region.

Visit www.BurgessHC.org/about/foundation/guardian-angel/ or call 712-423-9374 to make your nomination(s).

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Take-Out Event Still to Happen

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and Burgess People Care and the family and friends of Nancy Broer are preparing and adjusting to host the Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. In its 11th year, the Community Dinner plans to serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but take-out style to keep our residents and volunteers safe. This event strives to ensure no one misses out on this traditional feast because they are alone or unable to prepare a meal.

The Thanksgiving Dinner Take-Out event will be held on Thursday, November 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On a normal year, the dinner attracts more than a hundred adults, senior citizens, and families. The meal will be handed out at the First Christian Church, located at 722 15th Street in Onawa. Please enter the First Christian Church driveway from Cameo Street and exit on 15th Street. Free will donations are accepted but not expected.

“Nancy started this tradition because she wanted the people who are alone or in need to enjoy a warm, traditional dinner in a family atmosphere on the exact holiday,” said Nancy’s niece, Teresa Butler. “Burgess People Care will continue to fulfill her dream.”

Burgess People Care is a long-time employee committee of Burgess Health Center that raises funds to support community drives, events, and fellow employees. This event enhances the overall quality of life in Onawa and the surrounding areas.

Persons experienced with cooking for crowds will prepare the main course. Burgess volunteers and family members will prepare special dishes. Family and friends of Nancy will be among the

volunteers, giving of their time to serve those in attendance on Thanksgiving.

There is a limited amount of orders, so please register by noon on Monday, November 23. Please call Burgess Human Resources at 712-423-9200.

Two Hospice Volunteers Recognized at HPCAI Event

Burgess Health Center Home Health and Hospice recognized hospice volunteer and veteran Gwen Clemon and hospice volunteer Sharon Holverson at the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa Volunteer Recognition event on November 6, 2020.

Unfortunately, this year’s event was held virtually due to COVID. However, this did not stop Jenny Kenney, Home Health/Hospice Social Worker at Burgess Health Center, from celebrating them.  Kenney presented the ladies with a small gift while enjoying lunch. Both Gwen and Sharon have been volunteers since 2017.

Burgess Health Center Home Health and Hospice is grateful for all the volunteers who spend time with our organization and are glad to choose these two to be recognized.

Photo: Gwen Clemon and Sharon Holverson

 

Guardian Angel Recognized at Burgess Health Center

Burgess Health Center is proud to announce the nomination of Ashley Anderson, Home Health Aide at Burgess Home Health & Hospice, for the Burgess Foundation Guardian Angel Award.

Ashley was nominated by Geri Johnson and her sister, Deanna Burgess.

“We want to thank Ashley for her exceptional role and the loving care she gave our mother Luella Raymond,” said Johnson. “Ashley always said hi to mom and explained why she was there and what she was going to do.”

“Ashley was loving and caring and will make a great Angel.” added Johnson.

Burgess Foundation’s Guardian Angel program provides patients, family members, and friends a chance to show their gratitude to a physician, nurse, or another caregiver who has played an exceptional role in their lives. The Guardian Angel received an acknowledgment letter announcing that a donation has been made in their honor and given a custom-crafted lapel pin to wear proudly.

Did a caregiver at Burgess make a memorable difference for you or your family? If so, you can honor that special person in a highly visible way through Burgess Foundation’s Guardian Angel program. It is more than a pin. When you take advantage of our Guardian Angel program, you also help ensure the future of outstanding health care in the region.

Visit www.BurgessHC.org/about/foundation/guardian-angel/ or call 712-423-9374 to make your nomination(s).

Photo: (left to right) Geri Johnson, Ashley Anderson, and Sherri Johnston-McDowell. Not pictured: Deanna Burgess.

Guardian Angel Recognized at Burgess Health Center

Burgess Health Center is proud to announce the nomination of Cindy Parks, Rehabilitation Technician in the Burgess Rehabilitation Services Department, for the Burgess Foundation Guardian Angel Award.

The business and registration office at Burgess Health Center wanted to recognize and thank Parks for her dedication to Burgess and our patients. Cindy was vital in the process of coordinating COVID-19 precautions. Without hesitation, she stepped up and successfully took over the screening desk in the front lobby of Burgess Health Center. Cindy had little time for training but quickly embraced her new duties.

“Every day, Cindy welcomes patients and staff with an inviting smile, calms patient’s nerves, and explains with true empathy why we are enforcing new rules at our facilities,” said her fellow coworkers. “She goes above and beyond her duties, which sometimes ends in her making a quick trip to the cafeteria for a cup of water of coffee for a patient.”

“Thank you, Cindy, for your teamwork, compassion, empathy, and willingness to do whatever is needed,” added her coworkers.  “Our staff and patients continue to be safe because of your hard work and dedication. You are a true Guardian Angel.”

Burgess Foundation’s Guardian Angel program provides patients, family members, and friends a chance to show their gratitude to a physician, nurse, or another caregiver who has played an exceptional role in their lives. The Guardian Angel received an acknowledgment letter announcing that a donation has been made in their honor and given a custom-crafted lapel pin to wear proudly.

Did a caregiver at Burgess make a memorable difference for you or your family? If so, you can honor that special person in a highly visible way through Burgess Foundation’s Guardian Angel program. It is more than a pin. When you take advantage of our Guardian Angel program, you also help ensure the future of outstanding health care in the region.

Visit www.BurgessHC.org/about/foundation/guardian-angel/ or call 712-423-9374 to make your nomination(s).

Photo: (left to right) Bart McDowell, Foundation Director, Cindy Parks, and Carl Behne, Chief Executive Officer at Burgess Health Center.

Guardian Angel Recognized at Burgess Health Center

Burgess Health Center is proud to announce the nomination of Fran Tramp, president of Burgess Health Center, for the Burgess Foundation Guardian Angel Award.

Sharon Taylor, Director of Risk Management/ Accreditation Services at Burgess Health Center, and husband, Gary, wanted to recognize and thank Tramp for his 27 years of service at Burgess, first as Chief Financial Officer, then Chief Operating Officer, and in his current role as president.

“His commitment to our patients, community, and staff has been evident to us as well as many others,” said Taylor.

Taylor has worked at Burgess for 46 years under every CEO except the first and has seen leadership through the ups and downs.

“I appreciate working with Fran over the past 27 years,” she said.  “I value not only his leadership but also his friendship.”

Burgess Foundation’s Guardian Angel program provides patients, family members, and friends a chance to show their gratitude to a physician, nurse, or another caregiver who has played an exceptional role in their lives. The Guardian Angel received an acknowledgment letter announcing that a donation has been made in their honor and given a custom-crafted lapel pin to wear proudly.

Did a caregiver at Burgess make a memorable difference for you or your family? If so, you can honor that special person in a highly visible way through Burgess Foundation’s Guardian Angel program. It is more than a pin. When you take advantage of our Guardian Angel program, you also help ensure the future of outstanding health care in the region.

Visit www.BurgessHC.org/about/foundation/guardian-angel/ or call 712-423-9374 to make your nomination(s).

Photo: (left to right) Fran Tramp, president of Burgess Health Center, Sharon and Gary Taylor.