New Executive Director in Fruitland, Idaho - Heart 'n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, LLC

New Executive Director in Fruitland, Idaho

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HEART ‘N HOME NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Tonia Atkins, Fruitland Executive Director

Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, LLC is pleased to announce that Tonia Atkins has been named Executive Director of its Fruitland location. In this role, Atkins will oversee clinical and clerical management in several administrative areas, including Human Resources and education.

Atkins joined the Heart ‘n Home team in 2009 and has been promoted from her most recent position as Director of Outreach. “I am very passionate about advocating for hospice. I believe that everyone deserves to access their hospice benefit. By providing education to the community about what hospice can do for you and your family during the end of life journey, we are bringing hospice to more and more people each year. This education changes lives every day and I am proud to be a hospice advocate in all of the communities we serve. As Executive Director, I hope to bring hospice to more families in need by supporting our team in providing legendary service to our community … every day, every time. My goal is to provide continued education to the Fruitland and surrounding communities about the wonderful gift hospice can give to those in need.”

About Heart ‘n Home
Heart ‘n Home affirms life by providing emotional, physical, and spiritual support to our patients and to those who love and care for them. Heart ‘n Home is a local, family owned and operated company and serves 11 counties across Oregon and Idaho. Learn more about job openings and career opportunities at Heart ‘n Home.

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New Executive Director in Bend, Oregon

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Billy Gehm, Bend Executive Director

Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, LLC is pleased to announce that Billy Gehm has been named Executive Director of its Bend location. In this role, Gehm will oversee clinical and clerical management in several administrative areas, including Human Resources and education.

Gehm joined Heart ‘n Home in 2014 and has been promoted from his most recent position as Outreach Coach. “My family and I love the opportunity to serve Central Oregon.  I believe that excellent care at the end of life is the right of every person.  My mission is to educate and empower our team in Bend, so that they can bring that excellent care to everyone who needs it.”

About Heart ‘n Home

Heart ‘n Home affirms life by providing emotional, physical, and spiritual support to our patients and to those who love and care for them. Heart ‘n Home is a local, family owned and operated company and serves 11 counties across Oregon and Idaho. Learn more about job openings and career opportunities at Heart ‘n Home.

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Giving Back: From the Heart of a Fruitland Student

“I’ve been fortunate to grow up in a home where my parents have been great examples of volunteers in the community, working hard for many organizations and they of course expected my brother and I to be a part as well.  In just the past couple of years, I’ve realized that I was  volunteering no longer just because I was doing it with my parents, but because it had taken hold of my heart.

This past two years have been tough on our community with the recession and situations that have affected our local people. I began to notice that people that were close to me were hurting and even my own family was struggling. Our little community here in Fruitland has been an awesome place to grow up.  We have such great community support and so many people have stepped up to volunteer or donate to almost anything that it’s students would need. Over time I’ve been noticing the results of so many donations the community has given our programs here in school. It is evident in the gorgeous baseball field, to the new scoreboard on the football field and to the many corporations listed in the gymnasium how the community reaches out and gives to us all the time. I realized it was time that the students learned to give back.

About this time I started volunteering at Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, I noticed that the employees were encouraged to pay a donation amount [to the Heart ‘n Home Foundation] to get the right to wear jeans on Fridays and I loved the idea. I spent some time with Heather the Volunteer Coordinator at that time and told her that I thought it would be a great idea to implement in our school since we have to wear uniforms, and I knew the kids would jump at the chance to wear jeans.

Once I spoke with Heather, the ideas started to form and I went right away to our school counselor, Mrs. O’Neil, to see what she thought of the idea. She loved the idea and thought it would be a great way to help the kids learn about giving back to our community.  With the help from my mom, we started researching local charities that I felt would be benefited the most. It was important to me to make sure that the charity was local so that the students could see immediately the impact that their donations would have on our community. I decided that we would choose one Friday a month and a different charity would be selected each month. Once we had chosen the dates, the charities, and how the program was going to work, Mrs. O’Neil and I went before the school board at their monthly board meeting to present the idea to them.

I must say that I was a little intimated when I first arrived in the room looking up at all the members sitting at their big round fancy table with their fancy name plates in front of them. I felt like I needed to say “Your Honor” or something, but I then caught the eye of one of the members and he gave me a big smile and a wink and I knew I was going to be okay. Mrs. O’Neil was a great supporter of my idea and stood by me each step of the way. She was a huge encourager and it would not have been as successful without her help. The board listened, asked questions regarding how I would collect the money, how it would be accounted for, how it would be dispersed, and the reason I wanted to start this. I was pleased to answer each question with confidence and from my heart.

The board let us know that they would think about it and inform us of their decision as soon as they could.  We received approval from the board on Tuesday afternoon and they decided that we had to raise at least $200.00 on each Foundation Friday in order to wear jeans. As soon as we got approval from the board, we hurried into action. By Wednesday morning we had posters made and put up, announcements were made over the school intercom and we used Facebook to get the word out. In two days time we raised $235.00 for our first charity which was Meals On Wheels at the Payette Senior Center in Payette, Idaho.  I am excited to see how much we can raise now that we have more time this month.

My hope for the future of Fruitland Foundation Fridays is that we continue to raise money and that the amounts go up each and every month. I want to see this new giving program by the students of Fruitland High School be passed on each year for many years to come. I want for each student to begin to have a heart for giving back to the community who has given so much to us.”

Thank you to Jandee and the rest of the Fruitland students who are making strides to give back to their community! You have inspired us all!

Watch Jandee’s Distinguished Student Award Video from KTVB Channel 7

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