As Operations Manager for Halcyon Hospice, Ray Nevarez plays a key role managing all of the facility needs at Halcyon House, our free-standing inpatient hospice unit in Atlanta. Ray goes the extra mile to ensure our Inpatient Care Facility is clean and welcoming to all who walk through the front door, and he takes pride in providing a home-like feeling to reduce stress and increase comfort for our patients and their families.
When asked what led Ray to being interested in Hospice he replied, “I have this ‘how can I help you?’ desire in me. I wasn’t aware of what hospice was until my mother became ill and required hospice care. During that time I saw how my family and I went through a difficult time dealing with her terminal condition. The hospice staff were so good with giving us support or just a listening ear during our time of grief. When my mother passed in May 2010, I felt a calling to help others who were going through what my family and I had experienced.”
Ray says his fulfillment comes from “knowing I’m making a difference in someone’s life and feeling that I contribute in some way by helping people feel comfortable with things like heat/AC, electrical, call light, bed…basically anything during their short stay.”
Ray says, “During my daily walk, I meet many families that are going through very stressful times. When I ask them if there is anything I can do to be of service, I get many smiles thanking me. In many cases, families will say “at this time there is nothing, but it’s nice to know we can call you if we need anything, thank you so much”. THAT MAKES MY DAY!! Then I know they know Halcyon cares.
Ray grew up in El Mirage, Arizona where he began his work in maintenance at age 17. “I started working as a runner in the maintenance department at a large church. I met a gentleman name Edwin Robert White, a retired minister who was in charge of the church print shop. He asked for permission to guide me, as I was a young man who lacked ambition. I will forever be grateful to Ed for holding my hand when I needed it the most. He became my father figure and a source of inspiration.
Ray currently holds an engineer license, is a CPR/AED Instructor, and has a thirst for knowledge. He’s passionate about education, how things work, and the rationale of people and philosophy. His hobbies include camping, fishing, and target shooting. Above all, Ray values the time he spends with his wife Nina, and his children, Brittney, 14 and Alex, 13. “I feel rich and it’s hard not to be constantly talking about how thankful I am for life.”
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