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August Fire Starter Leaves Lasting Impression on Patients

August Fire Starter Leaves Lasting Impression on Patients
August 26, 2022 Janet Long

August Fire Starter Leaves Lasting Impression on Patients

August 26, 2022, Morris, IL –On the 2 East inpatient medical/surgical nursing unit at Morris Hospital, it’s not unusual for returning patients to ask if “Mavis” is working and whether they can have her as their CNA. That’s because Mavis Friant, of Morris, has deservingly earned a reputation as one of the best CNAs at Morris Hospital by making it a priority to do her job the right way, in the most caring way, with every patient encounter. For all that she does to provide excellent care to patients and serve as a role model for others, Friant was selected as Morris Hospital’s August Fire Starter of the Month.

Friant will be celebrating her 20th anniversary as a CNA at Morris Hospital this coming December. It’s the one and only place she has worked as a CNA since completing her certification in 2002, and she loves every moment of it.

“I worked at a factory for 20 years, and I also worked part-time at Narvick House taking care of special needs adults,” shares Friant. “When the factory closed, I decided to get my CNA certification and work at the hospital because I love taking care of people.”

What an amazing gift it has been for patients at Morris Hospital having the kind-hearted, compassionate, positive Friant working midnights on 2 East for the past 20 years. As a Morris native, she already knows many of her patients. And for those she gets to know during their hospital stay, she can usually remember what room they were in last time if they have another stay in the future.

“Listening to Mavis talk with patients will warm your heart,” said Kristyn Stewart, a registered nurse at Morris Hospital. “She treats her patients like family and knows how to make them laugh and feel at ease. They absolutely love her. And she remembers certain things her patients like and dislike in order to make their stay at Morris Hospital excellent. She leaves a lasting impression on all of the patients she takes care of. Mavis is a wonderful person who truly cares about people and loves to take care of them.”

For Morris Hospital 2 East Manager Karie Stecken, Friant’s role model behavior makes her the perfect preceptor for new employees.

“By far, Mavis is one of our best CNAs. You would want her caring for your own family member,” said Stecken. “She is always giving 110% and makes sure patients are taken care of above and beyond. She doesn’t leave a task unturned. We know she does it right every time. There couldn’t be a more deserving person for this honor.”

For Friant, success likely comes from simply loving what she does.

“I love meeting so many different patients, I love talking to them, and I love taking care of them,” said Friant. “When I walk into a patient’s room to take their vitals at the start of my shift, I always say ‘How was your day?’ I try to teach new employees to do the same.”

In early civilizations, fire starters were individuals who had the important job of keeping the flame alive. With over 1,400 employees, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is the largest employer in Grundy County.

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