Village Green’s new LEC Maddy Hudgins a perfect fit for home, says administrator

Village Green team members are pictured here at the OMNI Health Care Quality Forum at Fern Resort. From left to right, Tammy Newton, Maddy Hudgins and Miranda Ray. Standing, Linda Pierce.

‘It’s such a complement to our home to have such a bright young woman who has chosen to make us the employer of choice,’ says Linda Pierce

Maddy Hudgins started her position as Village Green’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) during a difficult time for residents and staff members at the Greater Napanee long-term care home.

She started her position in late March, following the March 14 passing of Karen Coulter, who had served Village Green as LEC for 11 years.

Linda Pierce, Village Green’s administrator, says that while everyone at Village Green is still mourning the loss of Karen, Maddy has proven to be a perfect fit at the home and has been understanding during these difficult days.

“She has been very gracious,” Linda says of Maddy. “We were all a little shell-shocked about Karen because she passed so quickly and we are grieving. … But Maddy is here, picking up the reins, and we know she will do a wonderful job.”

Maddy attended the 2019 OMNI Health Care Quality Forum, which was held at Fern Resort near Orillia May 7-9. For Maddy, this was her first introduction to many OMNI home managers, and she says her experience at the forum was an excellent introduction to OMNI’s culture.

“Being able to put faces to names has been the biggest thing for me (at the forum) because being new and fresh can be a bit overwhelming,” says Maddy, who is originally from the Napanee area and previously worked at a physiotherapy clinic in Ottawa before coming to Village Green.

“(The forum) has also been a really great opportunity to meet other people in my position at other homes as well as from home office.”

Karen brought dedication, passion and a strong commitment to the residents she served at Village Green. Linda says she sees those same qualities in Maddy.

“We are very excited to have her join the team,” the administrator says, adding Maddy has been the perfect addition to the culture of Village Green and OMNI.

“It’s such a complement to our home to have such a bright young woman who has chosen to make us the employer of choice.”

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