TNT (Today Not Tomorrow) Early Youth Psychosis Intervention Program Earns Chatham-Kent Health Alliance's 8th Annual "Compassionate Caregiver Award of Distinction"

CHATHAM-KENT: May 13, 2015 -- Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) awarded its 8th annual Compassionate Caregiver Award of Distinction today during National Nursing Week. 

The award is a Royal Copenhagen figurine, gifted to CKHA in 2008 by an anonymous donor in appreciation of care provided to their loved one. The award comes with a financial gift to be used towards education at CKHA to further staff expertise in caring for patients.

At a special nursing week event held today at CKHA, Vice President & Chief Nursing Executive, Willi Kirenko, read from the nominator's letter of appreciation:

"The TNT Program is both, a lifeline and restorer of life for young people and their families navigating psychosis. Each member of the team is vital to recovery, and their collaborative work enables a young person to proceed in safe and well-guided ways. At each step in one's journey, compassion, respect and hope is consistently offered. A team who places a client at the centre of his recovery is communicating, in unspoken ways, that he can be trusted with his ideas about how life will look going forward, despite the illness.

The Mobile Team brought our son safely, and with dignity, to treatment. Because family education and support is a key component of TNT, we knew what to expect, and how best to assist our son in his journey. All team members allowed as much time as it took when we asked for their advice, or when needing our fears relieved. They admonished us in self-care and gave us perspective. Our son's self-worth and confidence was restored through education and the correcting of his false beliefs about mental health. Availability and patience were gifts given to him when his many questions were answered. The Team reminded our son, often, how far he had come, and that he would continue improving. They encouraged him to hold onto his goals, yet guided him carefully on when, and how, to continue pursuing them. TNT's gift of compassion, available for as long as needed, convinces our entire family to believe that anything is possible!"

The recipient of the 2015 Compassionate Caregiver Award of Distinction is the TNT (Today, Not Tomorrow) Program, Early Psychosis Intervention Team.  


Lisa Northcott, Director - Quality & Inter-Professional Practice (far left) and Willi Kirenko, Vice President & Chief Nursing Executive (far right) presented the TNT (Today, Not Tomorrow) Program, Early Youth Psychosis Intervention Team with CKHA's 8th Annual Compassionate Caregiver Award of Distinction.  Team members are (inner left to right):  Marna Elliott, RPN; Kim Phillips, RPN; Rebecca Prince, Social Worker; Nicole Lucier, 0ccupational Therapist; and Sherri Skipper, Clinical Lead RN. Missing from photo: Claudia DeBendedictis, Social Worker and Becky Elgie, Manager.


In congratulating the team, Kirenko said, "This year's recipients are true role models of compassionate care. We hear and see the passion in their work and the way they do their best to help everyone around them. With these qualities, they gain the trust of the people they care for, their family members and other healthcare providers along a patient's care path.  We thank the TNT Program for exemplifying CKHA's vision of being An Exceptional Community Hospital, Setting Standards - Exceeding Expectations." 

The award will be prominently displayed at the hospital, and is presented annually during Nursing Week. The Selection Committee received 13 nomination submissions.

For more information contact: 

Willi Kirenko
Vice President/Chief Nursing Executive

Contact Mac Lai - mlai [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca for a photo 

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