The Lodge at Bethany Celebrates Frontline Impact Project’s Recognition of “Local Hero” Deborah Scott.
The Lodge at Bethany, in conjunction with Frontline Impact Project , a platform that directs resources to frontline workers, is proud to honor Deborah Scott, RN, MHA. Scott retired in March of 2020 after 40+ years of service in healthcare and after having served as the Director of Health Services since the Lodge opened in January of 2016. She returned just 90 days later, at age 67, to provide leadership as the infection control coordinator, as the Community, like the world, wrestled with the unprecedented onset of the COVID-19 virus. The Lodge at Bethany offers Traditional and Memory Care Living, as well as Respite Care to seniors. Through Resident assessment and programming, staff training and management, family member education and support, and quality monitoring and improvement, The Lodge at Bethany is a leader in senior healthcare in Georgia.
Frontline Impact Project was started by The KIND Foundation in response to COVID-19. In addition to providing those on the frontlines with quality-of-life goods such as food, drinks and personal care items, the project aims to honor those who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic. Scott caught their eye and was recently profiled as an extraordinary frontline worker to watch on founder Daniel Lubetzky’s social media channels. Frontline Impact Project has also provided a variety of resources to Scott’s colleagues at the Lodge at Bethany as well as nine other institutions across Georgia.
After a 40-year nursing career, Deborah put her personal well-being aside to take care of others.
While the long shifts and anxiety about bringing COVID into her own home wear on her, Deborah says she doesn’t regret her decision, “Frontline workers are in full PPE for 12 hours, dealing with a lot of emotions. You work an overnight shift and the next morning you get called back in. The families of the Residents inspire me to keep going, no matter how long the hours.” When asked what advice she would give her peers, Deborah simply stated, “This too shall pass. I know it’s hard when, after working an overnight shift, you’re asked to come in for an evening shift and you have only slept 3 hours. But people need us.”
The KIND Foundation President Michael Johnston said, “Deborah Scott shows kindness and empathy to her coworkers, who have been working on the frontlines of COVID-19 for almost a year, as well as to her patients and their families, who trust that she will give 100% of herself every day. She is an extraordinary role model for us all.”