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Excellence Awards & Recognition Program
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MHCA is proud to host an annual Award & Recognition Program to recognize those deserving individuals who play such an important role in the lives of our residents!  Below you will find details on our Essay Contest and the individual nomination Awards, as well as the names of last year's winners. 



Essay Contest

Your residents are a part of living history.  Their wisdom, love and strength make your job unique.  Every day you see smiling faces, warm hearts, and loving eyes through your wonderful residents.  In many ways, as you care for these wonderful people, the experiences you receive can change your life for the better.  Put your thoughts and feelings on paper by composing an essay on:


"How Helping Our Residents Has Helped Me!"


A 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner will be selected through an independent panel of judges.  The 1st place winner will receive a plaque and recognition during our Opening General Session & Awards Presentation to be held August 26, 2019 at MHCA's 71st Annual Convention in Branson, MO.


2019 Essay Contest Winners:

1st Place - Andrea Arvig, The Manor at Elfindale - Read the winning essay

2nd Place -Sayaunta Murray, Villa Marie

3rd Place - Doris K. "Kathy" DeVault, Apple Ridge Care Center




Excellence Awards & Recognition Program


The nomination period for this year's awards has closed.  District-level winners will be announced when judging has concluded.  District-level winners will be invited to attend the Opening General Session & Award Presentation at the 71st Annual Convention to be held in August at the Branson Convention Center, where the State winner of each category will be announced.


Volunteer of the Year- recognize that special volunteer who assists in your facility and has direct contact with your residents.  Volunteers must be ages 13 and over.


Employee of the Year- recognize your facility's dedicated, valuable employees: nursing staff, activities, social services, dietary, environmental services, administrative staff, etc.


CNA of the Year- recognize the most dedicated and caring CNA in your facility who strives to give quality of care to all residents.


David Duncan Administrator of the Year - recognize your administrator for going above and beyond the call of duty and making your facility a great place for staff and residents.



2019 District-Level Award Winners:


Volunteer of the Year

District 2 - DeeAnn Heck, Tiffany Heights

District 3 - Lon & Cher Lowry, MO Veterans Home St. Louis

District 4 - Richard Cole, Lacoba Homes, Inc.

District 5 - Grace Coy, MO Veterans Home Cape Girardeau

District 7 - Jack & Joyce Davis, MO Veterans Home Mexico


Congratulations to DeeAnn Heck of Tiffany Heights, the 2019 MHCA Volunteer of the Year!


CNA of the Year

District 2 - Stephanie Talbott, MO Veterans Home Cameron

District 3 - Rosemary Bourisaw, St. Peters Manor

District 4 - Lisa Dent, Lacoba Homes Inc.

District 5 - Becky Hoover, MO Veterans Home Cape Girardeau

District 6 - Sandy McElwee, Willow Care Center

District 7 - Sharla Williams, Frene Valley Hermann-A StoneBridge Community


Congratulations to Becky Hoover of MO Veterans Home Cape Girardeau, the 2019 MHCA CNA of the Year!


Employee of the Year

District 1 - Kendra Jett, Four Seasons Living Center

District 2 - Gerald Olney, Indian Hills-A StoneBridge Community

District 3 - Christy Kuntz, Elsberry Health Care Center

District 4 - Amy Pankratz, Lacoba Homes Inc.

District 5 - Tammy Bowles, MO Veterans Home Cape Girardeau

District 6 - Mari Eckler, Salt River Community Care

District 7 - Erica Utterback, The Bluffs


Congratulations to Christy Kuntz of Elsberry Health Care Center, the 2019 MHCA Employee of the Year!


David Duncan Administrator of the Year

District 2 - Lisa McGhee, MO Veterans Home Cameron

District 3 - Rolando Carter, The Valley - A StoneBridge Community

District 4 - Tonya Cutbirth, Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare

District 5 - Gay Hartness, Heartland Health & Rehab

District 6 - Chrisandra "Chris" Ratliff, Salt River Community Care


Congratulations to Chris Ratliff of Salt River Community Care, the 2019 MHCA David Duncan Administrator of the Year!


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