This month, Homecare Services hosted its semi-annual Coordinators Meeting at the River Rock Lodge outside of Pierre, SD. Homecare Services is a home health agency committed to providing expert advice and specialized care to those who want to remain living independently at home. The organization has several locations throughout South Dakota and into Minnesota. Twice a year, managers from each of the Agency’s branch locations convene with members of Homecare Services’ administrative team to discuss issues pertinent to in-home services and receive valuable training. At this meeting, Homecare Services announced that Monie Issenhuth, Regional Support Coordinator, was the recipient of the Peggy Fritz Spirit of Service Award for 2018.
The Peggy Fritz Spirit of Service Award was created in honor of Peggy Fritz. Peggy began her career with Homecare Services as a caregiver on August 21, 2001; and was promoted to Coordinator of Services on February 26, 2002. During her time with Homecare, Peggy consistently demonstrated the depth of her commitment to her work, clients, and staff. Peggy never hesitated to put the needs of others ahead of her own. Her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty serves as both an example and an inspiration. Peggy’s attitude, enthusiasm, and love for her work were contagious.
In 2001, Peggy was diagnosed with cancer. Peggy’s uplifting attitude, unwavering commitment, contagious enthusiasm, and exemplary courage remained steadfast as she fought the battle of her life. In the face of personal hardship Peggy refused to give in, she courageously continued to carry out the mission of Homecare Services. The disease that took her life did not succeed in robbing her of her spirit. Peggy’s contributions to Homecare Services and the many lives she touched are a remaining legacy and the reason for instituting the Spirit of Service Award in her honor and memory.
Issenhuth has been with Homecare Services in multiple roles over the years, most recently as a Regional Support Coordinator, assisting Coordinators and staff throughout all of the branch locations. Her unique approach, compassionate attitude and fun-loving personality are truly a rare combination. She has a special way of connecting with everyone she comes in contact with, and because of this has made such a positive impact on a number of people throughout Homecare Services. Steven Novotny, Agency Director of Homecare Services, stated “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Monie for a number of years and her desire to help and dedication to Homecare Services over the years are just a couple of examples of why she is more than deserving of this award.”