Amedisys honors 37 employees with the annual Spirit of Excellence award

BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED), a leading provider of home health, palliative care, personal care and critical care services, recognized 37 employees with the prestigious Spirit of Excellence Awards, one of the company’s highest honors.

“Our employees provide compassionate care to our patients wherever they call home. This is the core of our mission at Amedisys and the engine of everything we do,” said Paul Kusserow, President and CEO. “We are blessed to have extraordinary members of our Amedisys family who go above and beyond the call of duty, and it is a privilege to honor them in this way.”

Each year the society honors Home Care Nurses of the Year, Palliative Care Clinicians of the Year, Personal Care Nurses of the Year, Palliative Care Clinicians of the Year, Home Care of the Year, Helpers of the Year, Volunteers of the Year, Home Care and Hospice Clinical Managers of the Year, Patient Support Services Professionals of the Year and Professionals business support of the year. The 37 winners were named from our list of more than 21,000 employees nationwide.

Winners demonstrate clinical excellence with patients, positively influence patients and families, reach above and beyond routine tasks, and promote patient independence.

The winners were:

  • Home Care Nurse of the Year: Mary Bennett of Martinsville, Va., Jammie Breedlove of Goodlettsville, Tenn., Betty Garrett of Vidalia, Ga. and Mary Headley of Washington, Penn.

  • Home Therapists of the Year: Dawn Moss of Gloucester, Va., Angela Flores of Paris, Tenn., Brantley Wheeler of Tifton, Ga. and John Hashagen of Springfield, Mo.

  • Home Caregiver of the Year: Betty Gibbs of Batesville, Ark., Debbie Hopper of Harrogate, Tenn., Joann Porter of Cedartown, Georgia and Becky Stevens of Charleston, WV

  • Clinical Home Health Managers of the Year: Sherry Lane of Hattiesburg, Miss., Chelsea Farmer of Sevierville, Tenn., Jessica Stripling of Augusta, Ga., and Joanne Ferland of Dover, NH

  • Home Patient Support Professionals of the Year: Marsha Mayhue of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Pam Brown of Greeneville, Tenn., Michele Dipietro of Cumming, Ga. and Melinda Mang of Niagara Falls, NY

  • Palliative Care Clinician of the Year: Amanda Ball of Auburn, Maine and Allison Townsend of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

  • Palliative Care Clinical Managers of the Year: Veronica Rosemergy of Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania. and Cassi Green of Cartersville, Ga.

  • Hospice Patient Support Professionals of the Year: Lori DeLonjay of Jeffersonville, Ind. and Patricia Brewer of Alexandria, La.

  • Caregiver of the Year: Tonya Nolette of Portsmouth, NH and Zeidi Magana Torres of Dalton, Ga.

  • Hospital Volunteer of the Year: Michael MacIntosh of Leominster, Mass. and Doug Tait of Sebring, Florida.

  • Personal Care Nurse of the Year: Linda Repoli of Malden, Mass.

  • Caregiver of the Year: Carolann Baraw of Leominster, Mass. and Carmen Esquilin of Marblehead, Mass.

  • Personal Care Patient Support Professional of the Year: Cenzina Tralci of Lawrence, Mass.

  • Palliative Care Clinician of the Year: Mandy Mertens of Portsmouth, NH and Dawn Turner of Nashville, Tenn.

  • Business Support Professional of the Year: Sally Russo from New Orleans, Louisiana.

To learn more about our winners, visit

About Amedisys:
Amedisys, Inc. is a leading home health care company, providing personalized home care, palliative care, personal care and critical care services. Amedisys is focused on delivering the care that is best for our patients, whether it is personal care at home; recovery and rehabilitation after surgery or injury; care focused on empowering them to manage chronic disease; or palliative care at the end of life. More than 2,900 hospitals and 78,000 doctors across the country have chosen Amedisys as their partner in post-acute care. Founded in 1982, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with an executive office in Nashville, Tennessee, Amedisys is a public company. With approximately 21,000 employees, across 529 care centers in 38 states and the District of Columbia, Amedisys is committed to bringing the highest quality care to the doorsteps of more than 418,000 patients in need each year. For more information about the Company, please visit:


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