Employee Newsletter – November 2020


November 2020 Edition

Welcome to Kennedy Care’s Life Care Connection monthly employee newsletter! Here, you will find important announcements, celebrations, new hire details, helpful reminders, and company information we think you’d like to hear about.

Great things are happening at Kennedy Care and we want to share the good news regularly with all of you, our trusted and valued employees!

Kim Newman
Director: Catastrophic and Injury Care

Kim comes to us with a multidisciplinary business degree from Michigan State University and a nursing degree from Wayne State University. Early in her career, she worked in the ER Department and Cardiac Critical Care Unit. For the last 26 years, she has worked as a Director of Nursing in a Rehabilitation Facility and Home Care Agency. She specializes in Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI’s), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s), and multiple traumas. 

Kim has two grown daughters and two grandchildren (whom she loves to spoil). She loves to camp, garden, and travel and is excited to join the Kennedy Care Team!

Kiara Covington
Care Coordinator: Patriot Care

Kiara joins us having attended Eastern Michigan University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Communications. She is a lifelong Detroit resident and one of eleven siblings including six brothers and four younger sisters. Kiara is a newlywed, married in July 2020. 
 Patriot Care is glad to have Kiara on their team!

Welcome to the KC family, Kim and Kiara! 

Always Wear Your Masks

We are now supplying our Life Care Professionals with cloth masks instead of disposable masks. The new 2-ply masks are washable, reusable, and very comfortable. We think you will love them.

Please remember to always MASK UP when you are in clients’ homes and providing care!

Employee Website

Need access to employee resources and information on Kennedy Care policies and procedures? Check out our employee portal at the link below!*

Access employee website

*ask your Care Coordinator for the portal password

The Patriot Care team continues to grow, serving over 200 clients across the state of Michigan and neighboring states. We are currently expanding in the Traverse City area and are actively looking for caregivers as we expand our client base. 
For our caregivers that live in the Traverse City area, we encourage you to refer caregivers to help us grow. 

To show our gratitude for your efforts to grow the team, we’ll give you a $150 Referral Bonus once they have reached 90 days with us!

CNAs for Hire!

Kennedy Care is currently looking for CNAs for their various programs.

If you refer a CNA, there will be an additional $100 bonus on top of the existing $150 referral bonus above 
(when the same requirements are met).

Thank you for helping us find CNAs!

⏰ NEW Required Training To Complete! ⏰

Don’t forget to log into Kennedy Care Academy and complete the required training assigned to you!

Complete the Required COVID-19 Training Session


Please direct any questions you may have to classroom_teachers@kennedycare.com
We are happy to help!

We would like to recognize some of our very special Life Care Professionals! They are chosen by their respective teams and each brings amazing caregiving, compassion, and love to our clients and families. Thank you for going the extra mile with your care!

Patriot Care: Gail Queen 
Complete/Catastrophic Care: Mary Froats
Safe at Home: Jasmine Martin 

Brookhaven Manor: Suzanne Lima

Congratulations, LCPs!

Let’s Get Connected!

Each month we talk with one of our amazing Life Care Professionals.
This month…let’s meet Sherri Spurgeon! 

Sherri, how long have you worked at Kennedy Care and what do you love about working at Kennedy Care?
“My first day of work at Kennedy Care was on 10/22/2020. I love that you can easily advance to other things in this company and I also love meeting new people and having different clients with different cultural backgrounds.” 

Sherri, what do you love about being a Life Care Professional?
“I love helping people in general and that is why I chose this field to work in as a Life Care Professional. I have been in this field all of my life so it comes naturally to me to be in the healthcare field.”

Sherri, outside of work, are you involved with any special projects/hobbies?
“Outside of work I have cooking projects where I make food on the side and sell it as meals for people in my community. My hobbies include cooking and going to the local bingo hall on Wednesdays and playing bingo and meeting new people. This is my way to enjoy and relax after a long workday with my clients.”

Payroll Updates

Help us, help you!

  • Kennedy Care – Timesheets are due Monday every week by 12 pm (noon)
  • Safe At Home – Timesheets are due within 24 hours of your shift
  • Paper timesheets are available by request for those without internet 
  • timesheets@kennedycare.com

National Home Care and Hospice Month

November is National Home Care & Hospice Month! During this month, we would like to honor all of our Life Care Professionals for their dedication to the healthcare field. During all situations, including this pandemic and our “new normal”, you have not ceased providing care for some of our most vulnerable populations.

Your job is not always easy, but you show up to work with a smile on your face every day despite the various challenges that you’re facing – this is something that deserves an incredible amount of recognition. 

On behalf of Kennedy Care and all of its employees, we would like to extend our greatest thanks to all Life Care Professionals not only for this month but for every month of the year. We could not do our jobs without you!

Resources we find helpful for our caregivers:

https://p2a.co/zr0juwz – Advocating on Behalf of Caregivers and Home Health & Hospice Patients

https://www.michigan.gov/frontliners/ – Futures for Frontliners

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3RQ9-hOuIE – Self-Care for Caregivers TEDxUCLA

Kennedy Care Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Together, Kennedy Care and Michigan Roundtable have developed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion survey for our employees, which we will then use to design instructional cultural competency and learning sessions for both our administrative staff and Life Care Professionals.

The assessment will ensure that your voices are heard and will aid in the development of life-long foundational skills that enable us to understand the diverse world around us through open communication, increased self-awareness, and mindfulness of our own as well as others’ behavior.

Stay tuned for details on the survey and thank you in advance for your participation!

Happy Birthday!

We hope you all have an amazing day with your friends and family. 

November 1st
Dezirre Worell

November 2nd
Mary McKelvie

November 3rd
David Schwartz
Brandi Wilson

November 4th
Nicole Roberts

November 5th
Gina Franklin 
Candice Newman

November 6th
Lacey Denison
Lacey Viglianti 

November 7th
Nacole Rieger

November 9th
Brendalia Robinson
Jeanne Thaut

November 11th
Kimberly Lopez

November 12th
Debra Tipton

November 13th
Kassandra LaMonde

November 16th
Sandra Feasby
Laquira Young
November 18th
Charlessia Wilson

November 19th
Coriya Bakr
Anita Hall
Amanda Hogan
Michele Jernagin

November 20th
Demarcus Watkins

November 21st
Breanna Dailey

November 23rd
Lisa Standifer

November 24th
Brittney Campbell

November 25th
Ashley Kelley
Brittney Strauss

November 28th
Amanda Driver
Michaela Embury
Loretta Goldstein

November 29th
Amy Green-Clingaman
Alexis Pepper

November 30th
Katherine Akhtar

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