September’s employees are Brandi Davenport and Christina Bizimana from our Concordia of Franklin Park team!
Q: What is your current position at Concordia and when did you begin your career with the organization?
Brandi: My current position within the organization is a CNA (certified nursing assistant). I have been with Concordia for four years on Oct. 5, 2021.
Christina: I am currently a LPN. I began my Concordia career in 2010 as an aide and then became a Med Tech. From there I went to school and became a nurse!
Q: Why do you choose to work for Concordia?
Brandi: I chose Concordia because it offered better pay, fit better into my schedule and let me maintain my CNA certification every two years.
Christina: I work for Concordia because it’s a great company with benefits and incentives, and they provide many opportunities to professionally grow.
Q: What aspects do you love most about your career?
Brandi: What I enjoy most about my career is helping others that can no longer help themselves. I also enjoy seeing each resident’s smiling face as I care for them and seeing how appreciative they are to just have a kind helping hand even for the simplest, everything things.
Christina: I love helping others and being hands-on with the residents. I enjoy building relationships with our residents and their families.
Q: How do you best serve your residents?
Brandi: I serve my patients best by helping them with their everyday needs, but also by challenging them to do what they are still able to do themselves.
Christina: The residents know that I am always there to help them. No matter what, I try my very best to do everything I can to make sure they have the best care.
Q: How do you decompress after a long day at work?
Brandi: I decompress by going home to my children and family and having a nice family dinner. I love to enjoy the company of my 7-year-old daughter and 7-month-old son.
Christina: Making my kids happy is ultimately what keeps me happy and helps me to relax. I am a dance and karate mom, and I enjoy spending time with my kids, whether that is at their sports, out shopping, visiting a park or over dinner.
Q: Can you tell us about a time you and/or your co-workers have gone above and beyond during the pandemic?
Brandi: COVID-19 was hard on everyone – workers and patients. The one thing we all experienced was how it brought us all closer together as a team. We had to rely on each other more often for each task needing to be done, which could be as simple as serving meals. COVID-19 made us a strong team then and an even stronger team now having to go through it together and still going through it as the pandemic is still ongoing.
Christina: Working together has helped us best care for the residents. As a team, we have been able to do everything we can to ensure the residents are comfortable and safe, and in an environment where they feel cared and loved for – this was especially true when they were away from their loved ones.
To learn more about the career opportunities at Concordia of Franklin Park, visit www.concordiacareers.org. To request a free copy of the 2021 Concordia Calendar, call the Public Relations Department at 724-352-8268.