Rhonda Jones, administrative secretary
Twin Fountains Home
July 2018 - Employee of the Month
Rhonda Jones, administrative secretary at Twin Fountains Home, has been honored as WellStar West Georgia’s July 2018 Team Member of the Month.
Before coming to Twin Fountains two years ago, Rhonda spent the first part of her career in the pre-press and printing business for 25 years. In addition to Rhonda’s administrative duties, Rhonda uses some of that expertise as the writer, editor, designer and publisher of the Twin Fountains Home monthly newsletter. She does a tremendous job with the newsletter, and last year the Georgia Health Care Association named the Twin Fountains’ newsletter the top one among all of Georgia’s long-term care facilities.
Rhonda says of all the opportunities she’s been blessed with, working at Twin Fountains has been her favorite. She loves working with her fellow team members and says they are “kind, caring and professional.” However, she especially loves spending time with the residents. “I enjoy the interaction with the residents and families and hearing the stories of their experiences,” she says. “When given the opportunity, the residents can tell some really interesting stories of days gone by. I love to watch them react to music and laugh when they hear or see something funny. It is a break in the work day to talk to them. I also enjoy the hugs … what a BONUS!”
Both MaryJane Cleveland, the director of Twin Fountains, and Tanya Boyd, Twin Fountains’ director of nursing, nominated Rhonda to be considered for the Team Member of the Month. They say Rhonda goes above and beyond every day, and they were really touched how Rhonda made wonderful gifts for every nurse during Nurses Week, planned all the Nurses Week events at Twin Fountains, and also collected prizes for BINGO for the nurses.
MaryJane says Rhonda’s attention and care to creating the newsletter is very evident. She says Rhonda also can be found showing potential family members around the facility, assisting residents to and from activities, or just listening to them. Rhonda is always there when any colleague needs a new form, intervention with the computer, or any type of help. MaryJane says, “It is rare these days to find someone who will jump in and just do what is needed at any given time, but we have found a ‘gem’ here at Twin Fountains Home. We cannot thank Rhonda enough for all she does every day.”
Tanya said Rhonda comes in with a smile each day and is the first face people see when they walk in the front door. “Our families look to Rhonda when they just need someone to talk to after visiting their loved ones, which can be tough for some family members at times when their loved ones are constantly asking to go home,” she says. “Rhonda gives her support just by sitting and listening, and they end up leaving with a smile. Rhonda also comes out of her office regularly to help the CNAs on the unit by passing trays and ice to residents while still getting her routine work completed timely and efficiently.”
Rhonda grew up in Tucker, northeast of Atlanta, and married the love of her life, Butch Jones, in 1990, along with his daughter, April. They moved to Fairburn for eight years before building a home in Luthersville in 1998.
Rhonda enjoys crafting, fishing, cooking, and spending time with her family. She loves animals and adopted many through the years. Her last two, one furry and one with feathers, were her dog, Buddy, and her cockatiel, Sweepy. They were both spoiled by Rhonda for over 20 years before they both passed away within the last two years. If you want some good stories, ask her about Sweepy, who sounds like he thought he was more human than bird, and who could whistle you the “Andy Griffith Show” theme song.
We are very thankful to Rhonda for the work she does at Twin Fountains Home, not just the day-to-day desk duties she performs with ease, but for touching the lives of the residents and families there through her kindness and compassion.