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Make Your Mark: Emily Tiedt Flexes With Gratitude

EmilyTiedt_blog-teaser.pngThe mission of Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS), “to honor God by enriching the lives and touching the hearts of older adults,” is fulfilled when the actions of our employees demonstrate our stated values. In doing so, they “make their mark” upon those we serve. In our continuing series, “Make your Mark,” we introduce you to PHS employees who are living out these values.

Emily Tiedt, an occupational therapist at Interlude™ Restorative Suites - Fridley, is making her mark by showing flexibility and gratitude in challenging times. Her example – living out the PHS core value of Ready and Engaged People – attracts notice from her teammates for its ripple effect. Of course, she’s the first to say they are “rock stars” in their own right. 😊

Serving with PHS first as a student worker at Carondelet Village, then as a full-fledged occupational therapist at Interlude and now temporarily as a nursing assistant at Johanna Shores before she returns to Interlude … Emily shows she can flex. In recent weeks, she willingly stepped up to go where the need is greatest during COVID-19 -- the first positive cases occurring at Johanna Shores.

She says, “I’ve been assisting with cares, toileting, transfers, feeding, and walking programs. The nursing assistants I have been working with are great and so thorough. Plus, they acknowledge my caregiving experience, so I’ve been able to dive right in.”

Emily’s ready and engaged spirit lifts up the entire team — as do so many others. Lindsey Orman, Program Manager of Rehab, says, “When I heard that therapists from other sites had raised their hands to volunteer at Johanna Shores in roles outside of their current duties during an uncertain time, I was instantly overtaken with gratitude, thanks and admiration. They walked into our building with a smile and a calmness that was contagious.”

Clare Podvin, Resident Services Specialist, adds, “Staff say that it feels like Emily has worked here for years because she is so willing to just jump right in and help out wherever is needed. Emily knew the names of all the residents after only a few days! She has brought great energy to fourth floor.”

Emily responds simply by saying, “I’m feeling grateful to have the opportunity to continue working and have a change of pace for a little while.”

Her dedication not only demonstrates the PHS values, but also reflects a deep, biblical understanding of how we work together as described in 1 Corinthians: “There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” (I Corinthians 12:5 NIV)

We celebrate Emily, the teams at Interlude and Johanna Shores, and all PHS employees who are flexing – day and night – and doing so with gratitude, shoring up hearts everywhere.

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