Northwest Health – La Porte recently honored Jayme Mahlka, CNA, who provides care on the hospital’s intermediate care unit. Mahlka, a certified nursing assistant, is the recipient of the PETALS award for outstanding support professionals.
Mahlka was nominated by a patient who described her as an extremely hard worker, very competent and always professional. She went on to add that Mahlka is kind, patient and caring; and made her feel safe and less anxious during her hospital stay. She ended it with this sweet, inspiring sentiment: “The world needs people like Jayme. She is truly a beautiful butterfly in sunlight.”
Wanting to show his appreciation as well, the patient’s husband also felt compelled to nominate Mahlka, stating that this was a very hard time for his wife and that the care Mahlka provided was beyond excellent. He noted that her responsiveness and attentiveness were fantastic; then added that
he was so thankful that his wife had Mahlka by her side.
At Northwest Health, nursing assistants are an important member of the caregiving teams. They assist the nursing staff to implement each patient’s individualized care plan. They help respond to patients’ requests and help patients get timely answers to their questions.
The PETALS award honors non-nursing professionals, like Mahlka, for their exceptional skills and support. PETALS award recipients may be nominated by patients, visitors and employees.