WOODBURY – Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Jessica Curtis has been named facility Caregiver of the Year for 2012 by Woodbury Health Center. Curtis has worked at the nursing home for 11 years.
In addition, Woodbury Health Center has nominated Curtis for district and statewide honors through the Tennessee Health Care Association’s (THCA) Caregiver of the Year program. Six district winners, one from each of THCA’s six geographical districts (Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and East Tennessee), will be recognized during the association’s Annual Convention & Trade Show Aug. 19-22 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
From the six district winners, the statewide Caregiver of the Year will be selected. The statewide Caregiver of the Year will be named and honored on Nursing Home Caregiver Appreciation Day, Nov. 16, in a ceremony at his facility.
Now in its 14th year, THCA’s Caregiver of the Year program provides member facilities the opportunity to honor those who provide much-needed, round-the-clock support for nursing home residents across the Volunteer State. THCA received 59 nominations for 2012.
“Approximately 32,000 individuals work in Tennessee nursing homes, providing 24-hour care to enhance the lives of elderly and disabled residents,” said Administrator Russell Caughron. “Many of our caregivers view their work as a calling rather than a job. They put their hearts into what they do, and we are honored to select a few each year to recognize for their accomplishments.”
The Tennessee Health Care Association is a nonprofit organization whose members include long-term care facilities located throughout the state. For more information about nursing homes, visit www.thca.org.