Life Care Center of Port Townsend, Washington, recently received two awards from the Washington Health Care Association.
On June 2, 2017, Chelsie Ortiz, certified nursing assistant, was named Skilled Nursing Caregiver of the Year, and Tina Mousseau, activity director, received the 2017 Red Carpet Quality Award. The honors were presented during the WHCA annual convention in Tacoma and were two of only four quality awards presented to skilled nursing facilities this year. SNFs from around the state submitted nominations, and the winners were selected anonymously by a panel of judges.
Ortiz was honored for her care, hard work and trustworthiness to her residents and associates. She has worked at Life Care Center of Port Townsend for two years and was praised for her gentleness and for mentoring new associates.
“It feels amazing to win the award,” said Ortiz. “I am honored and touched beyond words. I love my job that I have been doing for 16 years. I really enjoy helping people, especially the elderly. They are like my family, and I couldn’t imagine life without them. My days at work are filled with love and laughter.”
Mousseau, who has worked at the facility for 15 years, was honored for excellence in customer service, from coming up with many fun ideas for activities to welcoming new residents and helping them feel loved and respected as individuals.
“Tina goes above and beyond her job descriptions and creates an upbeat environment for our residents,” said Sherí Huisman, business development director.
“My job allows me the opportunity to get to know the whole person – their past, present and the hopes and dreams they have,” said Mousseau. “This award is the highlight of my 15 years at Life Care Center of Port Townsend.”
To view WHCA’s videos regarding both ladies’ awards, click here.