Merrillville, Ind. – Unity Hospice of Northwest Indiana proudly names Aleta McDowell, of Merrillville, Ind., the 2016 recipient of the Shining Star of the Year Award (Employee of the year). McDowell has been with Unity Hospice for six years and currently serves as assistant administrator.
Unity Hospice’s Shining Star of the Year Award recognizes employees who have demonstrated extraordinary devotion to their work and to our patients. They must exhibit Unity Hospice’s values of compassion, honor, outreach, integrity, commitment, and excellence. The shining star of the year award recipient is nominated by employees.
“It is no surprise to me that Aleta would be selected by her peers to be shining star of the year 2016,” states Administrator April Donald. “She is a stellar example of what we strive for here at Unity Hospice of Northwest Indiana. Through her work she exemplifies poise, grace, loyalty, excellence, and through her years here she continues to raise the bar by going above and beyond the scope of her duties. Aleta is quite literally – a shining star.”
In her role as assistant administrator, McDowell is responsible for the overall direction of the clinical and administrative operations under the supervision of the administrator. Additionally, she assists in establishing standards of care that comply with federal and state regulations and guidelines for hospice. Together, McDowell and the administrator also implement and evaluate goals within the office which promote the standards of excellence.
McDowell joined Unity Hospice in 2010 under a temporary contract. It didn’t take long for Unity Hospice to realize how much of an asset she was in helping the daily operations of the office run smoothly. She continued working with Unity Hospice as office support until she was promoted to office manager. In August 2016, McDowell was offered the assistant administrator position which she holds today.
“In the midst of my temporary position with Unity Hospice, I had the opportunity to work alongside the management team during a state survey conducted by the Indiana Department of Public Health,” states McDowell. “I am grateful for that assessment because I gained a lot of knowledge and skill that help me in my position today. I feel privileged to work for Unity Hospice and truly honored to have been selected as the 2016 Employee of the Year.”
McDowell received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Brown Mackie College. A Chicago, Ill., native, McDowell currently lives in Merrillville, Ind., and enjoys spending time her grandchildren, Mya and Mariah.
For more information on the services offered at Unity Hospice of Northwest Indiana, please call 219-769-8648.
About Unity Hospice
Founded in 1992, Unity Hospice is a family owned and operated hospice and palliative care company committed to providing comprehensive care, support and education to people facing a life-limiting illness, their families and the community. Unity Hospice offers care of the highest quality by licensed and competent staff in accordance with laws & regulations and accepted standards of practice. With the dedication to make their patients comfortable, Unity Hospice provides an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family, in which they go above and beyond everyday to meet their needs.