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Outings and Adventures

Medical Alternatives hosts weekly outings, as well as seasonally appropriate adventures!  Outings have included:

- Farmers Market

- Motown Museum

- Cider Mill

- Animal Sanctuary

- Detroit Zoo

- Bowling Night

- Game Night

- Museum Tours, Cultural Events

- Art Events with projects to take home

Employee Spotlight of the Month

The Employee Spotlight of the Month highlights a different person each month, not for any specific accomplishment, or any one specific trait, but because they are a valuable part of our team.  We will get to know more about each other and how we each add value to Medical Alternatives and our persons served!  Nominated employees are employees that embody our person-centered approach, are helpful, have a great attitude, and/or contributes to the team.

July 2021 Employee Spotlight of the Month: 

 

Avis Bryant!

July 2021

Employee

Spotlight:

Avis Bryant!

June 2021

Employee

Spotlight:

Chris Korff!

May 2021

Employee

Spotlight:

Ahmed B.!

April 2021

Employee

Spotlight:

Louise T.

March 2021

Employee

Spotlight:

JaNisa S.

February 2021

Employee

Spotlight:

Merritta J.!

January 2021

Employee

Spotlight:

Destiny S.!

December 2020

Employee

Spotlight:

Rochelle G.! 

November 2020

Employee

Spotlight:

Yvette B.! 

October 2020

Employee

Spotlight:

Chelsea W.!

September 2020

Employee

Spotlight:

Angie K.!

August 2020

Employee

Spotlight:

Alicia C.!

July 2020

Employee

Spotlight:

TaJuana B.!

June 2020

Employee

Spotlight:

Brad S.!

May 2020

Employee

Spotlight:

Tynitta P.!

April 2020

Employee

Spotlight:

Felicia F.!

March 2020

Employee

Spotlight:

AsaJane H.!

February 2020

Employee

Spotlight:

DeMaria W.!

July 2021 Employee Spotlight is Avis Bryant. Since starting with Medical Alternatives back on March 3, 2016, Avis has been promoted to House Manager. Avis currently holds the record for most quarters of perfect attendance, and I doubt anyone will catch her! Her dedication and work ethic are fantastic and very much appreciated. Even more admirable is the way Avis treats our residents, taking special care of our most vulnerable residents. She is patient, calm, and concerned about their wellbeing. Avis is adept with challenging behavior and difficult resident situations, ensuring proper care is delivered and communication is maintained for best outcomes. Avis we are very grateful and appreciative of your hard work and enjoy having you on our team!!

Chris Korff is our June 2021 employee spotlight. Chris brings a valuable skill set to MA. This includes experience in case coordination, front line care, NAPPI and CBIS. Chris has demonstrated excellent critical thinking skills in his short time at MA. Most importantly Chris has an excellent attitude and is willing to take care of person served needs whenever a situation arises. Chris is willing to take on new and difficult challenges and is open to feedback. Chris is a highly valued part of the MA team and we are thrilled to have him caring for our persons served.

Ahmed B. is the Creative Coordinator at MARC and is May's employee spotlight recipient.  His many skills and talents help to serve our associates diverse interests.  Ahmed joined the MARC team in August of 2020 and made an instant impact on our vocational associates, providing them with a positive group setting for them to engage in a multitude of imaginative and artistic endeavors.  He currently oversees art, newsletter, graphic design and music groups.  Thank You Ahmed!  Your passion for helping our associates embark on their creative endeavors is evident in how proud our associates are with every new song learned, informative newsletter article, and beautiful work of art that they produce.  

Louise T. is our April Employee Spotlight Recipient.  Louise has made a significant positive impact on our persons served.  Multiple Case Managers, Guardians and others have taken the time to write MA and praise her demeanor, her presence and her care with those we serve.  One external said "I wish all care givers for my people were like Louise.  My people would be much ahppier, and my life would be easier.  She is just wonderful."  We deeploy appreicate such feedback.  It means we are doing the right things daily for those we serve.  We are making a place where people want to send their family members or their wards.  Louise is helping us make that happen.  Louise, thank you, thank you very much and job well done.

JaNisa S. is a Lead Job Coach at MARC.  Since her very first day, she has brightened the day of everyone around her.  JaNisa's attitude, enthusiasm, and passion for everything she does is a contagious wave of positive energy that affects everyone.  Staff and associates "feel better" when they are around her.  JaNisa engages with everyone and is willing to take on any project put before her.  When we look for new staff at MARC and MA, we look for people with "JaNisa's attitude".    One associate wrote "I love JaNisa because when my leg locks up on me and starts to hurt, JaNisa will be the one to get up and walk with me until it feels better.  She will remind me to get up and walk to keep pain from coming when I forget."   Thank you, JaNisa for how you make others feel when they are around you, i.e. your attitude and your work ethic.

Merritta J is our February Spotlight of the Month.  Merritta recently had an incident in the community where she showed excellent critical thinking and demonstrated calm under difficult circumstances.  Merritta shows a solid work ethic, a great attitude and good interactions with persons served and colleagues alike.  Merritta is willing to take on new challenges and jump in wherever needed.  We are so happy to have Merritta as a part of the Medical Alternatives, Inc. family! 

Destiny is a fantastic team member at Medical Alternatives, Inc. and has become a leader on the team as well as the manager of one of the group homes in a very short time.  She has been nominated this month by her peers because of her excellent work ethic, dedication to our persons served and commitment to receiving feedback from those around her.  Her dedication has been noticed not only by those within the company, but by external professionals as well.  She excels in her commitment to communication and to ensuring great care for those we serve.  Destiny shows strong leadership skills and has worked hard to develop her skills.  We are extremely glad to have her as a part of our team and look forward to working with her in the years to come.  

Rochelle Greenberg founded Medical Alternatives, Inc. in 1988 from an abundance of caring and generosity towards survivors of auto accidents.  Rochelle's motivation to have each person served feel like a member of her family has created an environment where people feel safe and supported.  Rochelle's commitment to the administration, staff and residents of Medical Altneratives, Inc. shows through in every aspect of what we do and reflects the character of who we are as a company.  Rochelle's dedication to the community is evidenced by her commitment to volunteer work and her detail-oriented approach to the big and small things that make each environment feel like home.  

During a turbulent holiday season with all the usual stressors and additional complications related to the pandemic, Yvette was consistently ready to help anywhere she was needed.  She volunteered to take on complicated requirements during a particularly challenging time in the group home environments, and brought smiles to everyone she worked with.  Yvette continues to show the leadership skills and empathetic, caring attitude that shows the family oriented spirit of care at Medical Alternatives, Inc.  

Chelsea always looks out for the safety of our persons served, and is extremely reliable.  She is always willing to help when needed.  She has gone the extra mile for the residents in her care, and has developed her already extensive skill set while working with the Medical Alternatives, Inc. program.  Her positive attitude and strong work ethic have had a positive influence on the staff at Medical Alternatives as well as the persons served, and she brings a fresh energy to the group home environments.  

Out of all of the group homes, the house that Angie runs as House Manager always seems the calmest and most welcoming.  Residents genuinely enjoy being there, due to Angie's dedication, attitude and affection for the residents.  She will come in early, stay late or come in on her days off to see a resident through a difficult time or to ensure that she can attend an appointment. Angie pays attention to detail, striving to make things welcoming and resident centered.  Angie is fair and consistent with resident programming, creating a positive structured environment for the residents.  Angie is truly a ray of positive sunshine, and she shares her joyful, exuberant energy with everyone around her.  

Alicia C. has been a valued employee since October 17, 2017.   One reason for her nomination is her work with one of our newest admits.   She is very personable, sensitive and thoughtful with her care in general.   Alicia has a goal of obtaining her CNA credentials and we are happy to support her efforts! 

TaJuana rejoined the Medical Alternatives, Inc. team in November of 2019 as a DCW.  Her favorite part of her position is helping our persons served.  She can be counted on to immediately offer assistance, if needed, and she offers both her coworkers and our persons served a great attitude and willingness to help.  We appreciate all of TaJuana's contributions in helping Medical Alternatives achieve the mission of the company, in improving the quality of life for our persons served.  Her cheerful attitude and dedication to helping others reflects the spirit of our community.  

Brad started as a runner with Medical Alternatives, Inc. seven years ago.  Since then, he has been promoted four times to his current role as a Care Manager.  Brad was nominated because he epitomizes the definition of person-centered care not only with our persons served, but with his coworkers as well.  Outside of the office, Brad enjoys seeing The Dave Matthews Band in concert (39 times!).  He also enjoys golf, General Hospital and Brooklyn 99.  Another unique thing about Brad is that Dennis Rodman saved his life from a swing set accident when he was a child!  We are grateful that Dennis acted quickly that day, because we are so thankful for all that Brad does to care for our persons served.  

Tynitta has been a DCW for Medical Alternatives since 2018 and is instrumental in keeping the living spaces of our persons served clean, organized, and tidy.  Our persons served appreciate her dazzling smile and joyful personality.  Outside of work, you may likely find Tynitta enjoying spicy foods, or her favorites, dressing and stuffing, while watching her favorite movie, Cry-Baby.  Of all the seasons, she prefers Spring and she greatly despises spiders.  Our persons served benefit from Tynitta’s caring and helpful nature.  

Felicia started as a DCW for Medical Alternative, Inc. and has progressed over the past four years to her current position of Assistant Quality Improvement Manager.  Felicia prepares new hires by guiding and mentoring them through new hire orientation.  She is always available to assist anyone that needs it, and she offers her help with a bright smile on her face!  Our persons served appreciate Felicia's positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family,  which includes her husband, children, grandchildren and her Shi Tzu named Izzy who is quite the diva!  We are grateful for her presence and her dedication to making Medical Alternatives, Inc. such a great place to be!  

AsaJane is a CNA, who was recently promoted to Assistant House Manager.  She aspires to be an LPN and wants to return to school in August, 2020.  She will tell you the best thing about working at Medical Alternatives, Inc. is our persons served, whom she adores.   Outside of Medical Alternatives, AsaJane is very family oriented.  She also enjoys cooking and socializing (she's known for her alfredo sauce).  AsaJane's positive attitude and work ethic are two of the reasons why her peers nominated her.  She is a joy to be around for both her coworkers and her persons served.  

DeMaria has been with Medical Alternatives, Inc. for 27 years, and her co-workers, externals and persons served find her to be a pleasure to work with.  DeMaria works long hours, however, you'd never realize it by her unflagging pleasant demeanor and ability to bring a smile to everyone's face.  Not only is she an incredible Care Manager, but she makes supremely delicious food!  DeMaria is truly the kindest person on the planet, and has a sincere generosity of spirit that makes everyone around her feel special.  DeMaria's persons served are devoted to her, and she truly has made the world a better place.