In August 2019, several Life Care Center of Greeneville, Tennessee, associates had the opportunity to express their dedication to excellent care in an unusual way when they spotted a cat and her three kittens in the bushes of the facility’s courtyard.
A team of animal lovers including Lacey Kirby, activities director, Dianna Renner, assistant activities director, Brandy Gainey, nurse unit manager and Kelly Painter, director of rehab and physical therapist, came together to ensure the cats were cared for and adopted.
The four associates set out food, let the cats approach them and then took them to Bonnie Whittington, a local woman who fosters cats in order to find them homes.
While the cats were with Whittington, Life Care associates worked with her and with a veterinary school to ensure the cats received their shots, kept well-fed, stayed healthy and trained to live inside a house.
At the same time, many Life Care associates made donations of food and money to help support the beloved “Life Care Kittens.”
Two of the kittens were adopted by Life Care associates. Gainey, who helped rescue them, named hers Lexi, and Brian Mullins, who works in the facility’s kitchen, named his Johnny Cash. A black and white female kitten, and the kitten’s mother, are still available to be adopted.
Painter was proud of her fellow associates as they rescued the cats and ensured they were cared for. She is also proud of the hard work Life Care Center of Greeneville associates do every day to care for their residents.
“Life Care Center of Greeneville is full of associates who do whatever it takes and then some to care for our residents,” said Painter.