Life Care Bestows Its 23rd Annual Directors Of Nursing Awards

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Pictured (left to right): Bart Walker, senior vice president of operations; Christi Card, senior vice president of clinical services; John Sitienei, director of nursing at Life Care Center of Plano, Texas, and winner of the Mary Denton Award; Forrest Preston, Life Care chairman and founder; and Beecher Hunter, Life Care president
Pictured (left to right): Bart Walker, senior vice president of operations; Christi Card, senior vice president of clinical services; John Sitienei, director of nursing at Life Care Center of Plano, Texas, and winner of the Mary Denton Award; Forrest Preston, Life Care chairman and founder; and Beecher Hunter, Life Care president

On Monday Life Care Centers of America gave its highest nursing honor to John Sitienei, director of nursing at Life Care Center of Plano, Texas.

The Mary Denton Award – named for the Life Care resident depicted in the company’s logo – is presented annually to one director of nursing who best symbolizes the philosophy, mission and values of Life Care.

"Director of nursing at the building for the past four years, Mr. Sitienei has led the nursing team to successful state inspections year after year.

He personally mentors and recognizes his staff for a job well done, and he encourages nursing associates to grow their skills to serve sicker patients.

"Mr. Sitienei is a resource not only for his own staff but also for the nursing departments at other Life Care-run facilities in the region," officials said.

The company also bestowed the Company-wide Director of Nursing of the Year Award on Rachel Gibney from Life Care Center of Valley View in Boise, Idaho.

"Under her leadership, the nursing department has had such good patient outcomes that the facility has been recognized as a five-star facility by Medicare and a Best Nursing Home by U.S. News & World Report.

"Ms. Gibney is especially praised training nursing staff on topics like wound care, cardiac care, end-of-life care and discharge planning, and she personally makes daily rounds to check on residents, answer their care questions and keep each of their care plans up to date, officials said"

“John and Rachel represent the pinnacle of their profession,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “The highest ideals of nursing leadership are demonstrated by their daily actions. Our company is blessed to have them, and the real beneficiaries of their talents and their love are our residents.”

These two awards were highlights of an evening honoring performance excellence at Life Care Centers of America’s corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Divisional Director of Nursing of the Year awards were given to seven other individuals:

• Candice Thurman – The Lane House in Crawfordsville, Indiana, for the Central Division

• Tammy Banner – Life Care Center of Banner Elk, North Carolina, for the Eastern Division

• Karen Cook – Western Hills Health Care Center in Lakewood, Colorado, for the Mountain States Division

• Tina Correia – Evergreen House Health Center in East Providence, Rhode Island, for the Northeast Division

• Jessika Booth – Life Care Center of Puyallup, Washington, for the Northwest Division

• Kathryn McCarten – Life Care Center at Inverrary in Lauderhill, Florida, for the Southeast Division

• Jennifer Mancebo – Life Care Center of Scottsdale, Arizona, for the Southwest Division





Pictured: Rachel Gibney, director of nursing at Life Care Center of Valley View in Boise, Idaho, and the company-wide director of nursing of the Year.
Pictured: Rachel Gibney, director of nursing at Life Care Center of Valley View in Boise, Idaho, and the company-wide director of nursing of the Year.

Dr. Mary Anna Sanders Joins Parkridge East Hospital Staff

OB/GYN Mary Anna Sanders, D.O., has joined the medical staff of Parkridge East Hospital. A Chattanooga native and graduate of Girls Preparatory School, Dr. Sanders earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lee University and a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Atlanta. She completed a residency in obstetrics and ... (click for more)

Shriner Luncheon To Honor Morning Pointe Resident

Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove hosted a Shriner's luncheon to honor resident Rayford McLaurin.  Mr. McLaurin has dedicated well over 50 years of service as a Shriner for the Alhambra Shrine on East Brainerd Road. He was presented with an Outstanding Service Award by the Shriner's International Chattanooga Oasis of Tennessee.  He has served in ... (click for more)

City Council Presents Potential Ordinance To Address Noise Level Downtown

Members of the Chattanooga City Council presented a potential ordinance to address concerns about the noise level downtown. If passed, the ordinance will put limits on both dB(A) and dB(C) levels of sound. It was noted, "When we compare our dB level, it is clear that Chattanooga is lower than Nashville and Knoxville." However, this comparison only takes dB(A) levels into consideration. ... (click for more)

Man Shot On Ohls Avenue While Working In His Yard

A Chattanooga man was shot Tuesday evening, while working in his yard. At approximately 8:55 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 4217 Ohls Ave. for a shooting. Officers located 34-year-old Daniel Marlowe suffering from a single gunshot wound to his hip.  Mr. Marlowe stated to investigators that while he was working in his yard, three black males approached him and ... (click for more)

Thankful For Senators Alexander And Corker's Support Of The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Fleet

America’s national security at home and abroad is important to all of us.  So it is very important to recognize and thank our leaders when they show strong support for our military. That’s why I am writing to thank Senators Alexander and Corker for their continued commitment to our great state, our nation, and especially to our military.  Their support ensures that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Scottsboro’s Pat Trammell

I got a warm feeling Tuesday when it was announced Pat Trammell will be among those in the inaugural class of the Jackson County (Ala.) Sports Hall of Fame. When the august group is enshrined at Scottsboro’s Goose Pond Civic Center on Nov. 1, most folks won’t even know who Pat Trammell was but I knew all about him in my very first year as a fledgling sports writer back in 1967 and, ... (click for more)