2013 Grand Prize Winner, Non-Physician

90-year-old Omaha resident recognized for exceptional service

Cherokee Uniforms announced today that Joe Grier, a “Volunteer Companion” at Alegent Creighton Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center, is a winner of its 11th annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. Grier is among six care providers across the country to be named a national award winner, selected for their impact on the lives of others through extraordinary care, sacrifice and innovation while serving as an inspiration to others. Grier is a national grand prize Inspired Comfort Award winner in the non-physician category.

For the last two years, the 90-year-old volunteer has spent every Wednesday afternoon with elderly dementia patients at Bergan Mercy Medical Center. In his role as a “Volunteer Companion” in the post intensive care unit, Grier eases loneliness and reduces anxiety in elderly patients who have no family or visitors and/or are suffering from dementia.

“Joe delights not only our patients, families, visitors and staff on the nursing unit, but he spreads his special kind of magic everywhere in the hospital,” said Cheryl Morehouse, manager of Volunteer & Guest Services at Bergan Mercy Medical Center. “He doesn’t see himself or what he does as remarkable. The key to his actions is that he

is not afraid to love.”

While in his 80’s Grier decided to challenge himself and learn Spanish. Due to Bergan Mercy Medical Center’s diverse patient population, this skill has been put to good use. He is often heard praying in Spanish with patients who have limited or no English language skills. In addition to his service at Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Grier also distributes Communion each week at a nearby hospital.

“Cherokee is thrilled to recognize Joe Grier for his compassion and dedication to patients who are suffering from an immensely difficult condition. He joins all of this year’s winners as a model for providing outstanding care and inspiration,” said Michael Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Cherokee Uniforms. “We are very proud to honor this remarkable man for his exemplary service which benefits patients in their times of need.”

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Joe Grier

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