Each year at Bishop Gadsden, employees, residents, and families come together to celebrate the excellent work that our nursing staff provides every day to our residents. At the annual Jan Carter Awards ceremony, we had the pleasure of recognizing three incredible women for this particular award, and another amazing woman with the Ellie Ruffle Memorial Scholarship for their dedication to their work at Bishop Gadsden.
The Jan Carter Awards were created by the Ruffle family to recognize nursing staff that go above and beyond for their residents and their families. Jack and Ellie Ruffle came to Bishop Gadsden when Ellie was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1997 while building their dream home on Seabrook Island. During Ellie’s time at Bishop Gadsden, she was loved and cared for by Jan Carter. Morning walks were important for Ellie, and Jan took the time to walk her throughout the campus each morning to help ensure she had a good day. After Ellie’s passing in 2001, Jack was so touched and inspired by Jan’s care for Ellie that he established a generous endowment to recognize the service excellence of the Bishop Gadsden nursing staff and named the award in Jan’s honor.
Through the generosity of the Bishop Gadsden Community, the endowment grew over the years. This allowed us to establish the Ellie Ruffle Memorial Scholarship, awarding it for the first time in 2018. This scholarship provides the opportunity to recognize another incredible member of the nursing staff who is currently furthering their education in the healthcare industry while still displaying commitment, passion and extraordinary care to the residents of Bishop Gadsden.
The 19th annual Jan Carter Awards recipients were Denise Broad, LPN in Myers Hall, Jacqueline Grampus, CNA in Read Cloister and Sheryl Brown, Nursing Assistant in Arcadia Close. The second annual Ellie Ruffle Memorial Scholarship winner is Tammy Smith, CNA in Read Cloister. Each of these women displayed a passion for their job and residents, as well as embodied the Bishop Gadsden mission, vision, and values each day on the job. Nominations are accepted annually from residents, employees, and residents’ families, and each nomination is read and carefully considered.
This year was another special year, but it became even more special for Denise, who received the award for the second time in her career. Throughout the 19 years of Jan Carter Awards, she is now the sixth winner who has received the award more than once in their career at Bishop Gadsden.
“Winning the Jan Carter Award once was quite a tremendous honor, but twice, is quite humbling. Jan Carter set that standard without realizing what a legacy she was creating,” said Denise Broad, LPN. “Families have a lot of trust in staff caring for their loved ones, and I keep that in mind when caring for our residents. Our CNAs are a tremendous help in providing that trust and wonderful care to our residents every day.”
Bishop Gadsden is continually grateful for the dedicated nursing staff and the care they provide at all hours of the day. We want to thank them for their commitment to the BG way and thank you to the donors who continue to help this awards program and scholarship program continue to grow.