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Why ECH is One of Louisville's Best Places to Work

Posted by Kristin Davenport

Aug 15, 2018 7:22:00 AM

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This year marked a milestone for Episcopal Church Home: We won one of Louisville Business First’s Best Places to Work in Greater Louisville Awards, after we were nominated for the first time.

We were honored to receive this recognition because it didn’t just come from Business First — it came from our own staff. An independent firm surveyed employees throughout Greater Louisville about workplace policies, office conditions, management styles and more, and ECH was one of 22 companies and nonprofits that scored high enough employee engagement to make Business First’s Best Places to Work list.

“There’s definitely something special about working here,” says LPN Christy Wilson, who’s worked at ECH for a decade. “You just feel like it’s home when you walk in.”

At ECH, our culture emphasizes serving our co-workers as well as our residents. We pitch in to help each other, not only in our professional lives, but in our personal lives as well. Our core values apply to every employee, whether they’re caring for residents or whether they’re part of our support staff that’s working every day to support our mission of person-centered care.

“There’s definitely something special about working here,” says LPN Christy Wilson, who’s worked at ECH for a decade. “You just feel like it’s home when you walk in.”

Here are just a few more reasons why we’re one of Louisville’s best places to work:

 

Our award-winning leadership

This year, our Beverly Edwards, our executive director, was named one of Louisville Business First’s Forty Under 40 winners. The program, which is in its 23rd year, honors local workers under the age of 40 who are making major strides in their careers while making a positive impact on their communities.

From a young age, Edwards, now 38, knew she wanted to care for older adults. When she was growing up, she helped care for both of her grandmothers. An internship at a Memphis hospital, which included a rotation in a skilled nursing center, solidified her career choice, Edwards told Louisville Business First.

Edwards took the reins as ECH’s executive director in 2016 after previous administrator experience in other communities. She told Business First that she views her role as being a guest in the residents’ community, rather than the other way around, and that she finds listening to them rewarding.  

“Our residents, they’re wise. They’ve already stumbled over some of the challenges that we’re going to face,” told the paper. “So why stumble if you can get the advice from someone who’s already been there and done that?”

Edwards has also been named one of Business First’s 20 People to Know in aging care. We’re fortunate to have her at the helm.

 

The rewards of working with seniors

One of the most amazing benefits of working with older people is the opportunity to hear our residents’ life stories and learn from their shared wisdom.

Our residents talk with us. They advise us how to handle trying circumstances. They show us how to accept adversity with grace and show us how to grow stronger from it. They help us to avoid mistakes they made when they were our age. They volunteer their personal stories. And they truly inspire us.

“I have learned so much about life, about death, and about love,” says Chuck E. Reed, ECH’s environmental services lead, about his time working at ECH.

And when we care for or just talk with our residents, they often thank us, without reserve. They smile. They're grateful somebody cares about them. And we're grateful for the opportunity, because it makes us feel good in turn.

In senior care, we develop care relationships that enrich and shape our own lives. It's an intangible career benefit but, for many of us at ECH, it's the most important one.

 

We’ll sit and listen to them. We’ll make eye contact with and smile at every resident we meet in passing in our hallways and common areas. We’ll greet everyone by name.

 

Our person-centered care model

At ECH, we don’t just provide independent living, personal care, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing care for our residents. We provide them with dignified choice.

We give our residents and their families as much freedom and control of their care as we safely can. We provide assistance to residents on their terms and on their schedule, not on ours.

We’ll sit and listen to them. We’ll make eye contact with and smile at every resident we meet in passing in our hallways and common areas. We’ll greet everyone by name.

That’s what “person-centered care” means. And it's this major differentiator in care philosophy that sets us apart. It's why our senior residents do so well in our care.

 

We’re hiring for a range of positions that offer flexible scheduling.

Do you have a passion for person-centered, dignified care? Then we invite you to explore the opportunities here with us.

Stop by our beautiful campus, located on Westport Road on the east side of Louisville, any Tuesday afternoon between 1 and 4 p.m. We’re seeking talented candidates for the following positions:

  • CNA Resident Assistants, full-time, part-time and PRN opportunities
  • LPN
  • RN – PRN positions
  • Housekeeping team members

At ECH, we’re not just person-centered in our approach to senior care — we’re also person-centered in our approach to our employees. We have positions available on all shifts, so you can work around your personal life, instead of working your personal life around your career. We understand that you have a life of your own to manage, so we'll accommodate those needs to the fullest extent possible.

Click here to learn more and to see all of our open roles. We look forward to meeting you!

 

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Kristin Davenport

Written by: Kristin Davenport

Kristin Davenport is the Director of Communications for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Kristin leads ERS’ efforts to share stories that delight and inspire through social media, online content, annual reports, magazines, newsletters, public relations, and events. Kristin earned her BFA in graphic design from Wittenberg University. She joined ERS after a 25 year career as a visual journalist and creative director in Cincinnati. Kristin has a passion for making Cincinnati a dementia-inclusive city. She is a Lead SAIDO Learning Supporter and a member of the Wellbeing Team at ERS. Kristin and her husband Alex live in Lebanon, Ohio with their 2 daughters. She also serves as a Trustee and the Secretary of the Lebanon Food Pantry.

Topics: Episcopal Church Home, Elder Care Jobs in Louisville, Episcopal Church Home Careers, Senior Care Jobs in Louisville

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