Award for Direct Care: Misty Polston-York, Director of Spiritual Life at Carolina Senior Care
This award recognizes an individual who reflects PACE values by providing the highest quality of care to participants. There is no higher, more demanding, or potentially fulfilling, calling than caring for others. While it might be a job for some, only those who truly care about the people they serve will excel at it as Misty does.
“Misty has made tremendous impact on the participant's lives at Carolina SeniorCare. She thinks big and is always looking for 'wow' moments to put a smile on someone's face. She is a Chaplain, counselor, and cheerleader for our participants. Misty is always eager to speak with participants, learn of their needs and work towards their desires,” said Thomas Chang, Executive Director. She organized a vow renewal ceremony for nine couples who had never had a formal wedding, complete with wedding cake, appropriate attire, friends and family, and photos. “The participants continue to talk about the celebration and how it made them feel; they are eager to show guests their photo books from the special day.” Misty worked with team members to see that a participant could attend Mass one last time, and that another could view a lake. She was instrumental in securing choir robes for the participant choir, and she established a boutique of supplies available for those in need. “Misty is loved by participants, team members and families.” It is easy to see why!