Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cottonwood Tucson Honors Employees ~ The 2014 Hildreth Award And Stone Award Presented

"Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers." Robin S. Sharma

Cottonwood Tucson's Annual Hildreth and Stone Awards presented


On Friday, December 12, 2014, Cottonwood Tucson's staff gathered to honor two employees by presenting The Hildreth Award and The Stone Award.

2014 Hildreth Award recipient ~ Amanda Scofield


Amanda Scofield
Amanda is a Lead Patient Care Facilitator (PCF) and has been at Cottonwood since 2008. As her job title indicates, the PCF's are those who make each and every day run smoothly, interacting with our patients and every staff member. Recently, we asked Amanda to talk about a day in the life of a PCF.   Here's is how Amanda described a typical start to any day...

"Along with the typical duties of taking vital signs and tracking patients down for appointments and meds, I’m attending staffing and taking notes in TIER at rapid fire pace. The family members at the Hampton decide that they need a ride after all, so I send a tech off the floor. We’re waking up the young adult males yet again; resorting to song and dance to get them to acknowledge our presence. Then Peter calls and says that there’s a snake outside his office so off we trek with the snake box and grabber. Then Rebecca calls and gives us the revisions to the clinic schedule. (Bill has an appointment at 10, but Tab wants to see him at 9. So, we’ll put Joe in at 10. Betsy will take Joe’s old appointment at 11 – it’s like a math word problem.)"

And so the day goes. It is Amanda and the PCF team who respond to every need with grace, compassion, and determination to complete each task and, by doing so, assure that each patient receives the care and attention required to compliment their hard work as they begin their journey of recovery. 

Congratulations to Amanda!


2014 Stone Award recipient ~ Charles Gillispie
Charles Gillispie


Charles is a Specialty Counselor and has been at Cottonwood Tucson since 1993. He is a licensed independent substance abuse counselor with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. He is an active member of the National Association of Poetry Therapy and has published articles describing his work at Cottonwood in Addiction Professional, Arizona Together, Journal of Poetry Therapy, and Therapeutic Recreation Journal. (You can see a sample of Charles' articles here.) Additionally, Charles has received two professional development grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in support of his work with therapy and writing. Charles is a founding member of the San Pedro River Pilgrims, a backpacking club dedicated to the pursuit of spirituality through wilderness adventure.

Congratulations to Charles!

Turning our lens on Cottonwood Tucson's staff


At Cottonwood Tucson we are grateful to have been able to gather, from across the country and around the world, a group of uniquely talented individuals who have hundreds of years of combined experience in the treatment of behavioral health disorders. Each staff member plays a vital role and, as Robin Sharma said in our opening quote today, they each in their own way spread their passion for their work, they inspire each other and they inspire our patients.

Here's to health...and the magic of recovery!

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