Kelly Honn DIRECTOR OF NURSING
How long have you been a Nurse? I have been a registered nurse for five years. After receiving my Associates Degree in Nursing from College of DuPage, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Benedictine University graduating with high honors. Prior to joining BrightStar Care, I worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, health centers and psychiatric facilities. What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care®? Before I became a Registered Nurse, I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago. From there I spent next several years helping others as their financial advisor. During this time I also had the opportunity to care for an elderly neighbor, which made me realize my passion for caring for others went beyond their financial well-being. Today, I bring this combination of real world business experience to the healthcare field while integrating my true passion of providing the best possible care to my clients. What aspect of your job are you most passionate about? Working with clients and their families to provide positive, nurturing care is most rewarding to me. I live by a simple driving principle: To care for others the way I would like to be cared for. I provide A Higher Standard of Care for our BrightStar Care® clients by... Striving to provide excellent nursing care to each clients’ unique personal situation. I also am making more possible for our BrightStar clients by incorporating BrightStar’s core values into my client overall care.
Kelly Honn is awarded her BrightStar Care 2016 Nurse of the Year Midwest Region by BrightStar Care Corporate Staff members: Linda Floren, Matt Quant, and Pamela Matz.
Judith A. Flickinger Retired DIRECTOR OF NURSING and CO-FOUNDER
How long have you been a Nurse? I have been working as a Registered Nurse for forty five years. I attended Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Ashland, Ohio where I received a scholarship for clinical work. Over the years I have worked in a variety of settings, the longest of which was at Stratford Pediatrics in Bloomingdale, Illinois. I worked there for over twenty years in an assortment of roles including charge nurse. What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care®? The majority of my career has been spent in a pediatric office setting, however I’ve worked in hospital settings as well. My background includes two years of orthopedic work, one year of psychiatric work, over twenty years in a pediatric practice, two years of med surg experience, and three years as Director of Nursing for a Senior Care agency that provides Home Care and Skilled Nursing. As a nurse, I feel it is important to continue learning and expanding my knowledge on a daily basis. I strive to keep up to date with current medical issues and research and using that knowledge to better serve our clients. What aspect of your job are you most passionate about? As the Assistant Director of Nursing, I oversee a large number of complex medical cases and I’m proud that we are able to give these clients and their families a sense of comfort and safety. I am passionate about being able to ease some of the burdens and worries of our clients and their loved ones. I’m proud to be able to serve the clients wherever they are located, whether it be in their home, the hospital or a an adult oriented community. I provide A Higher Standard of Care for our BrightStar Care® clients by... Providing appropriate and compassionate care whenever and wherever it’s needed. Also, by developing meaningful, personal relationships not only with the clients, but their family and caregivers as well. In addition, I make more possible for our clients by coordinating staff development and overseeing and encouraging our field staff.
Phebe Johnson, RN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF NURSING
How long have you been a Nurse? I have been working as a Registered Nurse for almost forty years. I graduated with honors from Indiana State University with my RN-BSN. Additionally, I am a member of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association. I have experience working in hospital, hospice, home health and private duty settings. What experience do you bring to BrightStar Care®? Prior to coming to BrightStar, I worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, health center, hospice and in-home care. I have experience in client case management including: complete physical assessment of patients, supervision of CNAs, nurses and caregivers, and overseeing orientation and competency of new employees. I worked as a Registered Nurse at CNS Home Health and Hospice for fifteen years where I conducted assessments and provided care for hospice patients in the Central Dupage County, Illinois area. Prior to working for CNS, I was a Registered Nurse at Geneva Hospital where I worked in med surg, epidemiology, and served as the relief head nurse. I also worked as an RN at Wheaton College Health Center for five years. What aspect of your job are you most passionate about? I am most passionate about our ability to meet people’s total care needs. This job is about more than meeting people’s physical needs and I enjoy being able to make a difference in the emotional and spiritual aspects of their lives as well. Furthermore, I am proud to be a part of a team that strives to deliver the highest level of care possible to our clients. Having worked for CNS for so many years, I am familiar with the Joint Commission standards and regulations that are required of our newly accredited BrightStar agency. I provide A Higher Standard of Care for our BrightStar Care® clients by... Developing a meaningful relationship with the individual and their loved ones. By assisting our Director of Nursing with the orientation and competency of all existing and new employees, I’m also making more possible by ensuring that our high standards of care are upheld by our employees. In requiring this training of our employees, we are aiming to better serve our clients.