Therapy Dog Recognized as a HIGH FIVE Award Winner

Published Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jim Papenfuss, Volunteer and Prince, Pet Therapy Volunteer from Affinity Visiting Nurses in Neenah were honored with the third quarter HIGH FIVE Award. In order to be nominated you have to meet consistently the following: You must apply exceptional interpersonal skills with patients, families, peers, or colleagues. You must demonstrate mutual trust, respect and emotional support to all, you must make a significant difference and create a sense of community, generate enthusiasm and energy and finally you must listen not only with your ears, but also with your heart. HIGH FIVE Award recipients are celebrated for their continuous support of our mission, role-model behavior and compassionate presence in the work place.


The event was held at Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh/ Bethel Home in Oshkosh. Local representatives from partnering agencies, Mercy Medical Center, area clinics, nursing homes and assisted living communities were in attendance. Jim and Prince spend over 15 hours a week visiting patients, staff and families. Bethel Home was chosen to host this special event since the duo spends a great deal of time each week in this facility visiting the patients that the Affinity Visiting Nurses team serve.


Other HIGH FIVE nominations included:
Lauren Weir, Nancy Abel and Mary Beth Kurzynske - Neenah

Nicole Gollhardt, Janet Crossley, Kris Tatar and Jill Joyce - Marshfield

Lacey Schreurs, Jen Marshall and Jason Fandrey -Wausau

Jim Lottes - Sturgeon Bay


The HIGH FIVE award was developed by a team from Ministry Health Care to recognize associates from across our departments. HIGH FIVE recipients are honored at a department celebration that includes a traveling banner, a sensory reminder (chocolate chip cookies) intended to remind recipients of how special their gifts are each time they experience the smell of chocolate chip cookies. In addition, recipients receive a beautiful and meaningful Circle of Friends sculpture, hand-carved and signed by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.


Patients, visitors, nurses, employees and clinicians may nominate an associate by filling out a HIGH FIVE Award form located at and mail to Affinity Visiting Nurses, 816 W. Winneconne Avenue in Neenah. Nominations are due November 30, 2016 for the December HIGH FIVE recipient.

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