January 16, 2018

Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis Names Three Employee of the Year Recipients for 2017

ST. LOUIS – Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis proudly names Community Relations Representative Dawn Whitmire and Administrative Assistants Christina Penberthy and Emily Hawley as the 2017 recipients of the Employee of the Year Award for the local office.

Whitmire, of Granite City, Ill., began working with Unity Hospice nearly 15 years ago as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Because of her adaptability and diverse skill set, she has held many roles within the company ranging from referral coordinator to bereavement to her current position as community relations representative, which she has held for the past eight years.

As the community relations representative, Whitmire is responsible for educating local families on the benefits of Unity Hospice care and how the company’s palliative approach to care can help relieve pain and symptoms caused from terminal illness. Her marketing territory expands Southern Illinois. It is through working at Unity Hospice that Whitmire has discovered her purpose in life: to be a savior for families facing a crisis and finding them the care they need during a vulnerable time.

“Hospice is all about building relationships; relationships with our hospice families, patients, referral sources and fellow employees,” states Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis Administrator Jaye Mitchum. “Dawn is a relationship expert, which contributes greatly to the success of Unity Hospice.”

Similar to Whitmire, Penberthy, of Collinsville, Ill., began working with Unity Hospice as a CNA before later getting promoted to CNA supervisor. Her organizational skills and adaptability in other roles exemplified her fit for the administrative role.

“Christina has an infectious personality and smile,” complements Mitchum. “You can hear and feel that in her voice when she answers the phone. Her compassion and desire to meet the caller’s needs is her primary goal. I trust her to be the voice of Unity Hospice when answering the telephone.”

Hawley began working with Unity Hospice 14 years ago as a medical records assistant. Since then, she has held an array of positions ranging from human resources to office management.

Both Hawley and Penberthy currently serve as administrative assistant. In this role, Hawley and Penberthy oversee the daily operations in Unity Hospice’s Collinsville and St. Louis office locations. This includes, but is not limited to, maintenance of medical records and human resource files as well as general office duties such as regulation of clinical and office supplies. Additionally, they handle incoming phone calls where they are often times the first contact a patient or family makes with the company.

“Take Care, Take Responsibility, Take Initiative, Take Pride…these are the Unity Hospice professional standards of excellence,” Mitchum adds of Hawley. “Emily displays our corporate values daily when managing the day-to-day operations of our St. Louis office, and with our external partners. I can trust Emily to always represent me and Unity Hospice with courteous professionalism.”

Unity Hospice’s Employee of the Year Award recognizes employees who have demonstrated extraordinary devotion to their work and to our patients. Additionally, they must exhibit Unity Hospice’s values of compassion, honor, outreach, integrity, commitment and excellence. The employee of the year award recipient is selected by Unity Hospice supervisory staff.

For more information about the services offered at Unity Hospice, or to schedule a free consultation to see if you or your loved one may benefit from hospice or palliative care, please call the local office at 888-394-1055.

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 our patients comfortable, Unity Hospice provides an interdisciplinary approach to each individual and family, in which we go above and beyond everyday to meet their needs. More information can be found on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.