The Norman Transcript

October 13, 2012

Loving Care aids community

By Jocelyn Pedersen
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — With no deficiencies found with the State and Medicare’s recent survey, Loving Care

In-Home Health Services is celebrating 15 years of business with service to the community and employees.

Rick and Billie Woods, along with their children; son Mark Woods and his wife Annette; daughters Tammy Thompson and Lisa Hyer not only treat their patients like family, they have included their employees in their family circle. Over the years, many employees have pursued their educations and found ways to achieve personal milestones and employees say they have been comforted during sickness, marital difficulties or financial struggles by Billie Wood’s empathy, medical education and generosity.

“If something is wrong with us or a member of our family, they’re there to help,” Holly Moreu, Markeing Director, said of owners Rick and Billie Woods. “Billie worries about us as her employees just like she worries about her family. They’ve helped people in the community who aren’t even employees. True charity is when you help someone and don’t publicize it.”

The Woods family takes caring for others seriously. Kathy Holsonbake, Marketer, said they clean up, recycle and use gently-used medical equipment donated by former Loving-Care patients or their families. Holsonbake says they invest not only their dollars, but their time.

“People who work here haven’t moved in from someplace else,” Holsonbake said. “They’ve stayed in the local area and bettered themselves.”

Moreu said there are some employees at Loving Care who have been there since the inception of the company.

“Some people who started on day one are still there,” Moreu said. “Some started as Certified Home Health Aids and are now RNs.”

Moreu said Billie Woods and Lisa Hyer, RN, started Loving Care 15 years ago in Billie’s upstairs bedroom in Slaughterville where Billie and Rick Woods still live. Eventually, they outgrew the home and started an office on Cherry street and how have their corporate offices at 124 S. Main in Noble. They have 200 employees, eight offices and service 17 central Oklahoma counties.

Having attended Noble Schools and graduated from Noble High School Billie Woods knows many people in the community. Jan Horton, a part-time employee at Loving Care has been friends with Billie since the second grade. When Horton discovered she had breast cancer, Billie Woods was there by her side.

“I didn’t understand the medical terminology the doctors were using,” Horton said. “Billie not only found the oncologist who saved my life, she also went to my appointments with me.”

“If something is wrong with us, or a member of our family, the Woods have always helped,” Kimberlee Roberts, LPN said. “Lisa (Hyer) has such a big heart that it doesn’t matter if it is a person or an animal, she wants to help them. They have been there for me and many others emotionally, financially, they did not hesitate to do what was needed.”

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