QUINCY -- The 24th annual Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year award will be presented April 26.
The 10 nominees come from West-Central Illinois hospitals and care centers, with the CNA of the Year being named during a luncheon at Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center, 639 York.
The celebration is sponsored by John Wood Community College and area health-care agencies.
"The CNA of the Year recognition award was established to honor local certified nurse assistants -- our Ďangels of health care' -- for their contributions to the care and well-being of the ill and the elderly," said Laura Routh, administrative chair of health sciences at JWCC.
Routh said CNAs provide personal assistance and work to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of those they care for each day.
"Successful CNAs are those individuals who are compassionate, caring, flexible and understand that each individual in their care has unique needs and personalities," Routh said. "As a frontline caregiver, CNAs develop very special relationships with those in their care.
"There is a great deal of pride and deep satisfaction that comes from knowing they make a difference each day in the lives of others."
This year's CNA of the Year nominees include:
º Kialee Jeffers of New Canton, nominated by Barry Community Care Center.
º Peggy Tarr of Quincy, nominated by Blessing Hospital.
º Angel Eldridge of Plymouth, nominated by Golden Good Shepherd Home.
º Virginia Householder of Quincy, nominated by Good Samaritan Home.
º Terri Clayton of Quincy, nominated by the Illinois Veterans Home.
º Heather McBride of Pearl, nominated by Liberty Village of Pittsfield.
º Elizabeth Freeman of Mendon, nominated by North Adams Home.
º Kaela Leasman of Ursa, nominated by St. Vincent Home.
º Opal McCafferty of Quincy, nominated by Sunset Home.
º Beth Griswold of Quincy, nominated by Supportive Living for Seniors.
The public is invited to attend the luncheon. Cost is $9 per person, with advance reservations available by calling Debbie Amsler at 217-641-4211.
Individuals can also pay at the door the day of the event.