2016 Passionate Patient Caregivers of the Year

Since 2016 is coming to a close we would like to share our New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital Passionate Patient Caregivers of the Year with you!

James Rodriguez, Physical Therapist and Leslie Schmidt, Patient Care Technician, received this award for receiving the largest amount of positive reviews from patients and family members as well as the most votes from staff members. This means they are seen as outstanding clinicians as well as co-workers.

Below are reviews that patients voluntarily wrote on comment cards about James and Leslie:

One patient said about James:
“This is my second time here and I requested to have James again. He knows exactly what I needed. He always gave me encouragement to strive to do just a little bit more. I’m so grateful to James for his kind attitude towards me and his other patients.”

One Patient said about Leslie:
“She made my brother’s stay here much more productive with her positive, upbeat personality.”

In the featured interviews James and Leslie share with us a little more about their work, their personal life, and what they love about New Braunfels, Texas. Read below to learn more about what makes these two the passionate, patient caregivers that they are today.

Name: James Rodriguez

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Your Work:

What is your job title? Can you give a brief description of what your work involves and how long you have worked here?

“I am a Physical Therapist and I assist patients with regaining their independence with functional mobility (i.e. bed mobility, transfers, wheelchair mobility, and walking). I have been working with NBRRH since May 2015.”

What events lead you to where you are today at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital?

“I was initially introduced to PT following my father’s stroke in 2000. I was impressed with how the physical, speech and occupational therapists helped with his recovery. I was a clinical student with NBRRH while a student at Texas State University and was hired full-time after graduation in May 2015.”

What is one moment that has stood out to you while working at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital (an experience with a patient, a coworker going above and beyond for someone, an act of kindness)?

“There are so many moments that have stood out to me while working here. They vary from seeing a patient progress from being wheelchair bound to walking without a cane/walker, to seeing someone return to work.”

What do you most love about the work you do?

“I enjoy the interaction with patients, family, and team members. My favorite thing is building a relationship with the patients. Most of the patients that we see have experienced a life changing event and I feel that the personal relationship is just as important as the patient/therapist relationship.”

What kind of impact do you hope to have on people at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital?

“I hope to assist patients and their families to achieve their goals. I hope that I can be a positive influence on all those around me: patients, families, and co-workers.”

Personal:

Can you tell us a little about your family: spouse, kids, parents, siblings, pets, etc?

“I am married to my wife, Alyssa. We got married in 2009 after our freshman year of college and then both attended Texas State University and graduated in May 2012. I then was accepted to PT school at Texas State and began the program that summer. I have two dogs: Bo and Georgia. I have an older sister and brother. My brother is an occupational therapist. Both my wife’s family and my family live in San Antonio. We visit them all the time.”

What’s your favorite way to spend your time away from work (what are your favorite hobbies or past-times?)

“I enjoy everything about sports, both professional and college. If I’m not watching a sporting event, you would find me running throughout my neighborhood. We are Greenbay Packers fans and are even shareholders. My wife and I enjoy every sporting event. We’ve been to three NFL games and countless NBA and MLB games.”

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

“I’ve always had an interest in mathematics and science. I would want to learn to be a mathematician or a physicist. I read up on physics in my free-time.”

If you were to tell one person “Thank You” for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?

“I would thank both my parents for raising me and being such a positive influence throughout my life. They have taught me perseverance, compassion, and responsibility.”

New Braunfels/Community:

What is your favorite thing about New Braunfels: Your favorite place to eat, spend time with loved ones, etc?

“I like all the water areas and parks dispersed throughout New Braunfels. I look forward to spending more time at them with my family. We love to eat out and try new restaurants. We frequent Gruene Texas, and we love the proximity to the two large cities on opposite directions; Austin and San Antonio.”

What characteristic do you most admire about the people of New Braunfels (and its surrounding areas)?

“I admire the German Culture and how the heritage is carried throughout the town.”

If you could tell people one thing about New Braunfels, what would it be?

“A pork chop on a stick is a must when going to Wurstfest.”


Name: Leslie Schmidt

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Your Work:

What is your job title? Can you give a brief description of what your work involves and how long you have worked here?

“I have been a Patient Care Technician (PCT) for five years, and my work involves taking care of patient’s daily and hourly needs.”

What events lead you to where you are today at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital?

“I have always enjoyed working in healthcare and taking care of people.”

What is one moment that has stood out to you while working at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital (an experience with a patient, a coworker going above and beyond for someone, an act of kindness)?

“The staff is what stands out. There are so many passionate people that work for New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital it is hard to choose a specific moment.”

What do you most love about the work you do?

“I love seeing the progress that our patients make from the day they come to the facility to the day they leave.”

What kind of impact do you hope to have on people at New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital?

“I want them to know that if they work hard, anything is possible and that I am there for them every step of the way.”

Personal:

Can you tell us a little about your family: spouse, kids, parents, siblings, pets, etc.?

“I have a daughter who is 25 and a son who is 21. I’m also a dog mom to 4 Chihuahuas! As for the rest of my family, I have many siblings and a large extended family.”

What’s your favorite way to spend your time away from work (what are your favorite hobbies or past-times?)

“Spending time with my kids and family”

If you were to tell one person “Thank You” for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?

“My kids- they have helped me to be who I am today.”

New Braunfels/Community:

What is your favorite thing about New Braunfels: Your favorite place to eat, spend time with loved ones, etc.?

“I love the river in New Braunfels. My favorite thing to do is go to the river with friends and family, and just enjoy the day.”