Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

October 16, 2013

Local woman honored as employee of the year

By Amanda Browning Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – Every year, American Senior Communities (ASC) holds a “Quest for Excellence” contest among its 62 locations to choose an employee of the year.

This year, Greensburg resident Georgia Binder won the honor for her dedicated work at Arbor Grove Village. Binder has been providing quality care to the residents at the same location for the last 39 years, starting when it was Odd Fellows-Rebekah Home and staying on after ASC purchased it and opened Arbor Grove Village in 2008, according to the honored recipient.

After becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and working 1,000 hours, Georgia received additional training to become a qualified medication aide (QMA). The supplementary training she underwent means she is able to administer medication to patients, as well as completing all normal CNA tasks.

Many people at Arbor Grove Village have stated that Georgia goes above and beyond what is required of her as a QMA. For example, she has been seen trimming a resident’s fingernails on her day off, offering back rubs to relax others and she even dresses in costume for each holiday to entertain the residents and lift spirits. She also decorates the outside gazebos for the holidays.

“The first time I dressed up, it was for Easter, but I forgot it was Good Friday. One of the residents looked at me funny and asked, ‘Don’t you know what Easter’s all about? But you do look pretty.’ I made sure not to dress as a bunny on Good Friday after that,” Binder said.

During ASC’s Quest for Excellence campaign, over 1,000 employees from all 62 locations in Indiana were nominated in the first round of selection. Greensburg’s Arbor Grove Village had five employees in the first round. From there, each location had to pick one employee to be nominated for the final contest. Residents and staff were asked which employee they though would do the best and the answer was almost unanimously Georgia.

Binder then went on to win the top honors throughout the whole company, to be declared ASC Employee of the Year. Arbor Grove Village Director of Marketing and Admissions Brentley Smith said Georgia is very well-liked by all the staff and residents and many believe she genuinely deserves the honor.

“I love giving and I do a lot of it,” Binder said. “It’s strange to be on the other end.”

Georgia was given her award at a recent banquet in her honor September 30. She received a voucher for a vacation for two to a location of her choice. Binder said she and her husband haven’t decided where they will go, but they want to travel to somewhere they’ve never been. In addition to the trip, Georgia was gifted a cash prize, $200 of which she has already donated to the Alzheimer’s Association to assist with their research efforts.

When asked what her favorite part of the job was, Georgia said, “Making people smile.”

She added that most of the time, he job doesn’t feel like work to her. She genuinely enjoys caring for the residents at Arbor Grove Village. To her, work means going into someone’s home and making sure they not only have all their physical needs met, but also ensuring that each day includes a smile.

“It’s not my workplace, it’s their home and they invite me in every day,” Georgia said.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004