11 area residents nominated for JWCC CNA of the Year award

11 area residents nominated for JWCC CNA of the Year award

Eleven area residents have been nominated for this year's John Wood Community College Community Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) of the Year award.

The nominees will be honored at a CNA of the Year Luncheon this Friday, April 20, at the Senior and Family Resource Center in Quincy. The 2018 CNA of the Year will be announced during the event.

The 2018 CNA of the Year is selected by a committee made up of community members with no direct affiliation to any of the participating agencies.

This year’s selection committee members include Marla Nunes, Carolyn White, Jayne Pieper, Jerry Hagmeier, Joye Anderson, Sarah Fligge and Jared Holman.

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the CNA of the Year celebration, which is sponsored by JWCC and area healthcare agencies.

The public is invited to attend. Cost is $9.00 per person, and advance reservations may be made by calling Debbie Amsler at 217.641.4211 by April 16. Individuals can also pay at the door the day of the event.

Certified nursing assistants provide personal assistance and strive to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of those for whom they care every day.

“CNA of the Year recognition award was established to honor local Certified Nurse Assistants,” our ‘Angels of Health Care’, for their contributions to the care and wellbeing of the ill and the elderly,” said , Laura Routh, administrative chair of health sciences. “Successful CNAs are those individuals who are compassionate, caring, flexible and understand that each individual in their care has unique needs and personalities. As a front-line care giver 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.”

Each of the participating healthcare agencies nominates a candidate for the honor. The 11 nominees for 2018 are as follows:

• Mary Freeman, nominated by Barry Community Care Center

• Andrea Kerkhoff, nominated by Blessing Hospital

• Reneé Waters, nominated by Golden Good Shepherd Home

• Ashley Sill, nominated by Good Samaritan Home

• Dalton Pritchett, nominated by Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care

• Judy Patterson, nominated by the Illinois Veterans’ Home

• Ashley Anderson, nominated by Liberty Village

• Connie Grawe, nominated by North Adams Home

• Connie Allison, nominated by St. Vincent’s Home

• Jennifer Cantrell, nominated by Sunset Home

• Linda Bennett, nominated by Supportive Living for Seniors

"Employment opportunities for CNAs are excellent throughout the region," Routh said. "Earning a CNA certificate and becoming a part of the rapidly growing healthcare industry can take between eight and 10 weeks. Classes are available in both daytime and evening sessions. John Wood also offers the Health Care Assistant certificate program, which builds on the CNA’s basic training and allows them to gain additional knowledge in front office and medical task-related positions.”

More information about upcoming CNA classes and career opportunities can be found at or by calling 217-641-4334.

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