American Senior Communities is proud of the commitment and dedication shown by all of our team members but recently we have lost an outstanding member of the ASC family. Louise Bethany passed away after over 50 years of service to the residents she loved so much, this is her story.
Louise obtained her CNA license and began working for Cardinal Nursing and Rehabilitation in 1966 and that was the last job offer she ever accepted. In over 55 years, performing her role as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Louise only missed two days of work. Sadly, Louise Bethany passed away on October 5th, 2021.
Beloved by her residents and revered by her coworkers, Louise felt she had found her calling in healthcare and at Cardinal. She shared her sentiments in an ASC newsletter article that celebrated her back in 2017, “After 51 years, I still love taking care of people. Some of the people I take care of are younger than me and I don’t take that for granted. I know God gives me the strength and wisdom to take care of people and I’m happy doing it.”
Cardinal’s Executive Director, Anne Morgan remembers Louise this way, “Louise was a wonderful person and cared deeply for her residents over the years. She had an unbelievable dedication to Cardinal and to caring for others. Her work ethic was commendable beyond measure. She never let up and never changed her high standard and expectations of how her work should be done or how her residents should be cared for. Our hearts are broken over the loss of our Louise. She will never be forgotten and will be deeply missed by many.”
Louise’s exceptional care and devotion to her role and her residents has not gone without notice, she was a Quest for Excellence winner, ASC’s highest honor, bestowed to team members who’ve exemplified our core values of Compassion, Accountability, Relationships and Excellence. In addition, Louise received the IHCA Clinical Staff Member of the Year award in 2017.
Louise’s Cardinal family is planning a memorial to honor their beloved senior team member and Louise’s picture, along with her story will be displayed in the common area, acquainting new residents and visitors with Louise’s legacy. Meanwhile, a dogwood tree in the courtyard, which was planted to honor Louise’s fifty years of service, grows in her memory.