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Announcing this Quarter’s NeuroRestorative Heroes

NeuroRestorative Heroes is an employee recognition program through which we celebrate employees whose actions make them a hero to those we serve or their colleagues.

At NeuroRestorative, we are proud to have an amazing team of employees working tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve with brain and spinal cord injuries and other neurological challenges. From clinicians to direct care workers to administrative support staff, we strive to ensure all our employees feel valued, supported and recognized for the important work that they do. That is why we created NeuroRestorative Heroes, an employee recognition program designed to celebrate employees whose actions make them a hero to those we serve or their colleagues.

Each quarter, we recognize one NeuroRestorative Hero from different NeuroRestorative programs. NeuroRestorative Heroes is open to all NeuroRestorative employees, and co-workers, supervisors, participants and other community members are encouraged to submit nominations. This quarter, we are proud to recognize staff members who are not just dedicated employees, but true advocates for the individuals we serve.

“The NeuroRestorative Heroes program is a great way to recognize and thank our valued employees” said Bill Duffy, NeuroRestorative President. “On behalf of everyone at NeuroRestorative, I want to thank all of our passionate and dedicated employees and congratulate this quarter’s NeuroRestorative Heroes.”

 Q4 NeuroRestorative Heroes:

Sarah Hawkins, Counselor, NeuroRestorative Kentucky

Sarah’s compassion and leadership skills make her invaluable to the Georgetown program, which she has served for nearly three and a half years. She has a thorough understanding of how family involvement impacts participant quality of life, and she goes out of her way to ensure that each participant’s family is as involved in care as possible, often making multiple calls to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Sarah’s coworkers describe her as an excellent person to have around during a crisis.  During a challenging moment recently, Sarah accompanied a participant to the hospital and stayed well beyond her scheduled shift to provide comfort for the individual in her care.

“Sarah has shown a consistent willingness to go above and beyond for our participants and her colleagues,” said Jennifer Allen, Program Director, NeuroRestorative Kentucky.

Noelia Cortes, Team Lead, NeuroRestorative Michigan

Noelia is a tremendous asset as Team Lead for one of our homes in Whitehall, Michigan. A strong advocate, Noelia strives to be a voice for those who struggle to advocate for themselves. She is also a consistent sounding board for her coworkers.  Noelia is always willing to lend an ear regardless of the issue. She is known to personally give up her free time to cover shifts when needed, and often volunteers to take on extra responsibilities to assist the Program Manager in the Whitehall program.

“Noelia makes herself available to her staff and participants regardless of the situation. Many people would feel lost with her,” said Beth Gorkisch, Program Manager, NeuroRestorative Michigan.

Michael Cyr, Cognitive Retraining Specialist, NeuroRestorative Maine

Michael Cyr, Cognitive Retraining Specialist, NeuroRestorative Maine, has shown an incredible commitment to making life better for those he serves. He recently organized a whitewater rafting trip for the staff and participants in Standish, Maine in collaboration with local rafting organization, Three Rivers Whitewater. Michael planned the event in careful detail and worked with participants on balance, swimming, raft safety procedures, ideal seating charts, and more prior to the excursion.  Participants and staff successfully conquered rapids on the Kennebec River in June.

“Michael has excelled as a therapist through his work at the clinic. He has made an incredible and positive impact,” said Jennifer Jello, Clinical Director, NeuroRestorative Maine.

Katrina Kirkman, Team Lead, NeuroRestorative Florida  

Katrina is a dependable Team Lead who is always willing to address any concern or question.  She has a habit of going the extra mile to ensure her staff have everything they need and feel supported. When a recent hot water valve malfunctioned, causing the smoke alarm to trigger, Katrina came in early in the morning on her day off to fix the issue. Her unwavering dedication makes her a NeuroRestorative Hero.

“It is because of Katrina that I always feel comfortable and confident. I know she will be here if we ever need her for anything,” said Zachary Whitney, LST, NeuroRestorative Florida