Blakley, an LPN and a Connersville resident, has been named Reid's Ambassador
of the Month for December.
by co-workers as a gentleman of the old school and a master of supportive
bedside deportment, Blakley emerged a consensus exemplar of the C.A.R.E.
outstanding person," writes one nominator, "Doug goes out of his way to help
co-workers and every day tries his best to put a smile on the face of each of
his patients and colleagues."
Reid team member since July of 2010, Blakley completed his nursing degree at
Brown Mackie College, Cincinnati, two months earlier. He graduated from
Connersville High School and spent more than 25 years at Ford Visteon, becoming
a shift manager before taking up his nursing mission.
with his diploma, Blakley collected the school's Spirit of Nursing award.
so glad Doug joined the team on 5 East," wrote one nominator. "I can understand
why all our patients, especially our cancer patients, say so many positive
things about him. No matter the time of day or situation, he's always calm and
admirers report the extra miles he goes for his patients include homemade pies,
helpful errands and in-room dance demonstrations and lessons featuring the
Dougie, which, reports suggest, might be a sort of soft shoe evolving toward
goes out of his way to help out and always tries to OK scheduling needs or
shift alterations," said a 5 East colleague. "He is an awesome co-worker and an
even better friend."
wanted to work in a facility in which I could deliver the highest levels of
compassionate, professional care," Blakley said of his Ambassadorship. "Reid is
that place, and the wonderful people I work with enable and practice the most
proud of this award, especially since it's from a team and place in which I can
assure a family member that the patient is in good care and answer any
questions they might have," Blakley said.
volunteers in youth baseball programs and has served two years as president.
wife, Becky, is an after-market manager for Stant Manufacturing, Inc., in
Connersville. Their daughter, Claire, is an Indiana University nursing student.
Their son, Tyler, in May will graduate from Northwestern University Medical
School in Evanston, Ill. He plans to specialize in oncology and internal