On Aug. 1, 2019, Life Care received three awards during the Tennessee Health Care Association’s awards luncheon in Nashville.
Marion Grove, a volunteer at Life Care Center of Hixson, won the Individual Volunteer of the Year Award, while Josh Kota, regional rehab director for the Appalachian Region, won the Professional Service Award, and Scott Hunt, executive director at Life Care Center of Morristown, won the Distinguished Association Service Award.
Grove volunteers at Life Care Center of Hixson in several ways – delivering mail, putting up calendars, passing out brochures and serving in the ice cream parlor. She tells everyone the flavors and will fix a bowl or cone for the residents.
The most amazing thing about Grove’s service, however, is that she still serves even though she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago.
“She decided not to give into the disease but to continue to serve her fellow man as long as she can,” said Mae Petty, activity director at the facility. “Things that are easy for us to remember to do, like going down the hall knowing where we are going and what we are doing, became a huge chore for her. She decided that she needed a map of the facility so she could trace a route. She is very encouraging and invites others to try and do something they used to enjoy doing.”
Grove shared, “It was such an unexpected privilege to be recognized at the statewide level as a volunteer and a great honor just to feel useful.”
The Professional Service Award recognized Kota as an associate who displays exemplary leadership in caring for residents and ensuring the overall success of the facility while fostering positive image on the long-term care industry in the community.
Kota has been in his current position for 15 years and has spearheaded improvements in dementia rehab training. He has also assisted facilities in the transition to a new computer system, Point Click Care and Optima.
“Josh is a true team player,” said Jennifer Solomon, vice president of Life Care’s Eastern Division. “He is passionate about helping our associates think outside of the box! He loves being involved and seeing that passion in the eyes of our associates as they help a resident return home and graduate from our programs.”
Kota shared, “It is an honor to receive this award. I am proud to be recognized by my peers for the role I play as regional rehab director. Being able to have a positive impact on patients’ lives, whether it’s through direct patient contact or through the therapists I work with, is a gratifying aspect of my job.”
Hunt was praised for his 25 years of advocacy for the THCA. He has served as Knoxville District president and has been on the THCA board of directors on the Public Relations Committee and the Government Affairs Committee. He was recently elected as Multi-Facility Council vice president.
“Scott has a proven passion for working with legislators and lobbying to improve the long-term care industry in Tennessee,” said Robert Breeden, vice president of Life Care’s Appalachian Region. “THCA is made up of numerous long-term care advocates who have served our profession well, and Scott has certainly taken his place among those distinguished advocates.”
Hunt shared, “Receiving this award was very humbling, and I could not be involved in the association without a great staff, the support of Life Care and God allowing me to work in this field. I have loved working with this population and making a difference in their lives and the families’ lives that we join each day to give loving and great care. This is my ministry, and I pray I get to continue for a long time.”