LaCreesha Louis, RN, RAC-CT
2016 Scholarship Recipient
LaCreesha is an MDS coordinator at Bria Health Services in Palos Hills, Illinois. She began her career in long-term care ten years ago as a CNA, later becoming an LPN, and just recently an RN, overcoming many personal obstacles. According to her administrator, “Lacreesha is truly a compassionate person. She challenges the status quo to initiate positive change. She leads by example to show others that continuous improvement is possible and her passion for elder care is exemplary.” Currently working on her bachelors, she looks forward to furthering her education and increasing her capacity to positively impact residents and colleagues.
LaCreesha’s willingness to go above and beyond was highlighted in her scholarship application: “There was a resident who was placed in my facility as a result of a blood infection. She was scheduled to be there for two weeks. When I interviewed her, she revealed to me she was not only sexually assaulted by someone in her house but was robbed of everything she owned. She had no clothes, only the hospital gown and blankets she was transferred with. I was so heartbroken for her. I went home that night and went through my entire wardrobe. The next day I went into my administrator’s office and let him know that I was going to give the resident the clothes and shoes I had gathered the night before from my closet. He gave me the approval to give them to her. I went to the resident’s room and gave her the bags. She started crying. Finally, through her tears, she thanked me. That was such a fulfilling day for me. I was so happy that I was able to help someone.”