Riverside recognizes its Champions of Caring

- Posted on May 08, 2019 - 01:02 PM

Riverside Middle Peninsula recently recognized several local employees as 2018 Champions of Caring honorees. The program spotlights team members who provide above and beyond care that makes a special difference in the lives of their patients and their loved ones.

The first honoree, Kelsea Sprouse, LPN, said she can’t explain exactly why, but she volunteered to escort one of her Riverside Convalescent Center-Saluda residents living with dementia to a doctor’s appointment in Richmond. “Something told me to drive myself, to follow the transport and have my own car with me,” Sprouse said.  And she was glad she did. The hired transport service dropped the resident off at the wrong doctor’s office.

“Since I had my car with me, I put him in my car, figured out where he needed to be and got him there, and back home later, myself,” Sprouse said. “Had he been by himself, given his dementia, it could have been very dangerous for him.”

For her kindness above the call of duty, Sprouse was named the Riverside Champion of the Year for the Middle Peninsula, according to a release. She was among more than 90 Riverside team members from the region recognized for having been nominated four or more times in 2018 as a Champion of Caring or who were named the monthly Champion for their facility.

Also honored was Martin Billups, a Protection Officer at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester. He spent his career in service having retired from the U.S. Army before joining Riverside two years ago.