Giving of her time, always being upbeat and positive, and assisting people as much as she possibly can is the gift of Amanda Patrick.
Amanda came to Sayre as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, a very prestigious position many would say, yet Amanda stayed humble and served all employees in any way that she was asked.
During the COVID pandemic, she scheduled testing clinics, running samples to the lab across town as needed, ensuring that our staff and residents were being tested as quickly as possible so we could protect our residents and employees. Amanda worked along-side those who were performing tests, often working through the late evening hours. She would check the lab website and notify CEO if an employee or resident tested positive; thereby allowing someone to reach out and start the quarantine process. Her tireless efforts were instrumental in our fighting the campus outbreak.
Move to Human Resources
When the HR Department had a staffing shortage, Amanda volunteered to step out of her role and assist in Human Resources. She later applied for and accepted the HR Generalist role. Accepting this new role enabled her to see that Human Resources is more than just ensuring that someone’s pay is correct or that they have correct clearance to work in healthcare. It is about listening when an employee is having a difficult day; helping employees find food or shelter if they are going through a hardship; helping managers and employees resolve difficult situations for the good of all to include the residents.
Amanda is quick to volunteer to assist with an event, or to take treats to each unit to provide a pick me up for the employees. She realizes that by engaging the employees, they are happier, and therefore they will continue to provide excellent care to our residents. “It’s the little things.” Amanda is often overheard saying.
Family is Everything
Amanda was born in Pikeville, KY; however, her family relocated to Lexington, KY when she was young. She still returns to eastern Kentucky often to visit family. Amanda is a single mother of two boys, ages twelve and nine. Her boys are her life. When she isn’t working for Sayre, she is doing something with her sons. She is very active in Upward Soccer and Upward Basketball serving as the Coach. She is also a Team Mom for I Am Third Soccer.
Caring is Her Nature
Amanda knows what it means to care for and loose a loved one. On September 18, 2018, she was the person that made the choice to take her dad off of life support. He had been hospitalized due to liver and kidney problems and had become septic. Amanda engages with staff and family members on a truly personal level as she has had to make those most difficult decisions that a loved one would have to make. Amanda makes it a point to interact with the residents when rounding on the floor: taking the time to stop and speak with them, listening intently, never rushing someone.
Congratulations on your LeadingAge Kentucky nomination, Amanda!
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