Signature of Palm Beach CNA JosÃ© Matos recently became one of only two caregivers company-wide, selected from more than 130 nominees, as Signature HealthCAREâ€™s â€˜CNA of the Yearâ€™ or ‘Nurse of the Year’ for 2013.
The other honoree was Susie Tucker, a Registered Nurse at Bluegrass Care & Rehabilitation Center, in Lexington, Ky.
The process for the awards began in January, when facility Administrators and Nursing Directors were asked to nominate their best nurses. A cross-departmental selection committee reviewed nominees, and a group of finalists representing each segment were asked to submit an essay on what their job meant to them.
The finalists were:
2013 CNA of the Year
- JosÃ© Matos, Post Acute, SHC of Palm Beach
- Wanda Ortiz, Urban, Peninsula Care & Rehabilitation Center
- Cenella Butts, Rural, Washington Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
2013 Nurse of the Year
- Xanthea McKenzie, Post Acute, SHC of Buckhead
- Susie Tucker, Urban, Bluegrass Care & Rehabilitation Center
- Samantha Ward, Rural, Washington Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
Finalists each received a special set of scrubs with a special badge identifying them as a winner for their segment. The two overall winners received a second set of special scrubs and $1,000 cash.
Facility leaders and fellow staff members praised the commitment and hard work of the winners.
â€œSusie is always the first to volunteer to help anyone,â€ said Catina Harris, Assistant Director of Nursing at Bluegrass Care & Rehab. â€œShe truly loves and enjoys every minute of care that she gets to provide to our patients. She has been a great nurse to work with over the years, and I am proud to have her on our team.â€
Meanwhile, SHC of Palm Beach Administrator Nancy Thompson had this to say about Matos: â€œWe are so proud of JosÃ©! His heartâ€™s desire is to humbly serve the needs of our patients with Godâ€™s compassion, love and care. What a great celebration!â€