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Aubie Visits Alacare Patient, Staff Helps Spread Cheer

November 1, 2016

Jeremy Sullivan is a huge Auburn fan. Sullivan, a patient with Alacare Home Health & Hospice, recently got to share his love of Auburn football with his family and a very special guest, thanks to the efforts of the Alacare Home Health & Hospice staff in Auburn.

 

When Sullivan expressed concerns that his one-year-old son wouldn’t be able to share enough special events with him, Alacare’s compassionate caregivers sprang into action.

 

Care Transition Coordinator Meg Bryant arranged for Auburn University’s, Aubie, to visit Sullivan in his home the next day.

 

On Sept. 29, Aubie arrived at the Sullivan house, bringing with him some special gifts, including a football signed by Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn. The beloved mascot visited with the entire Sullivan family, taking photos with everyone, including a very excited Jeremy Sullivan.

 

Then the phone rang. Coach Malzahn was on the line with well-wishes, and the two exchanged a hearty “War Eagle” (or two).

 

Sullivan and his family were thrilled, and expressed their heartfelt thanks to everyone at Alacare for making the day happen, including the Alacare staff in attendance: Bryant, RN Ashley Jacobs (Sullivan’s case manager), Volunteer Coordinator Stephine Washington and Volunteer Doris Harris.

 

“This brought memories that no one can erase for this family. The Auburn memorabilia, the photographs, and the feelings of love will never be taken away,” said Stephanie Turner, RN and Branch Manager “And one day, this little boy will see the joy that this brought to his dad. This was a great day. The staff members were just as touched by this and as excited as the patient – not for themselves, but for this family.”

 

And on Oct. 7, Alacare staff once again gave Jeremy Sullivan, his wife, Tia, and the rest of the Sullivan family another special gift – an early Christmas. Alacare volunteers wrapped presents, and staff, including Jacobs, Washington, Harris, RN Rainey Gordon and Chaplain Bill Tucker, delivered Christmas dinner and presents to Sullivan’s home.

 

Alacare strives to always go the extra mile for all of the patients in our care. We understand their unique concerns. We are thankful to be able to grant some simple wishes that make such a huge impact on our patients’ and families’ lives.

 

 

 

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