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CRMH Honors Sunshine Award Recipient Jonathan Kuenstler

CRMH Honors Sunshine Award Recipient Jonathan Kuenstler

September 05, 2019

Carle Richland Memorial Hospital would like to announce the winner of the Sunshine Award for the second quarter of 2019. The Sunshine Award was created by the CRMH Rewards and Recognition Committee as a way to recognize employees for delivering outstanding care. This award recognizes employees who are engaged and enthusiastic about their work and take positive action to further the organizations reputation and interests.

The Sunshine Award was presented to Jonathan Kuenstler in the Rehabilitation department. Jon was nominated by Carla Gardner, the wife of a former patient of Jonathan’s, Gary Gardner. Carla noted that after a hospital stay, Gary elected to have physical therapy in the home. While everyone who visited was wonderful, Jonathan went above and beyond in Gary’s care, coming up with various ways to keep him safe, comfortable, and help him regain his strength. One thing they discussed was a box to help him get in and out of his chair. Before leaving for the day, Jonathan said ‘I’ll see what I can do.’ The Gardner’s thought he was going to research something they could rent or buy. That evening as they finished supper the doorbell rang. There stood Jonathan with a box he had made for Gary’s chair. After a full day of work, Jonathan went home to build a box and then delivered it to their home. He refused any compensation stating he just wanted Gary to be more comfortable. As Gary’s health declined and he was enrolled in Hospice, Jon was scheduled to come by to help instruct the family on how to move him in and out of bed. Unfortunately, Gary’s health declined rapidly, but Jon still came by to visit and comfort the family in what would end up being his last hours.

The committee presented Jonathan with a certificate and banner that will hang in the Rehab area for the remainder of the quarter, as well as a woodworking tool and some of his favorite healthy snacks. The whole department was also presented with “Sunshine” cookies to enjoy with him.

One Sunshine Award is presented each quarter to a deserving employee. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® is also presented each quarter and is the program used to recognize nursing staff.

If you have had a great experience with a member of our staff and feel they should be nominated for one of these awards, please pick up and fill out a brochure located in all of the hospital waiting areas, clinic waiting rooms or in the CRMH café.