Mary Boyd of Life Care Center of Hixson was honored as the Tennessee Health Care Association’s Chattanooga District Caregiver of the Year. She received the award Aug. 25 during THCA’s Convention & Trade Show in Nashville.
Ms. Boyd, who has worked at the facility for three years and with Life Care for 14 years, is the assistant activity director. She won Whatever it Takes awards for planning a Black History Banquet and for taking residents without family home with her for the holidays.
She has also organized a Red Hat Society at the nursing home.
“Mary has put her heart and soul into the activity program,” said Executive Director Doyle Love. “She is a leader who chooses to serve others, and it shows with her every day walk. She loves to be helpful, always has a good word to say about everyone and volunteers in the community.”
THCA’s membership is divided into six districts – Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and East Tennessee. THCA’s Chattanooga District is made up of 20 facilities in 12 counties. Ms. Boyd’s name, along with the other five district winners, will be placed in the running for the statewide honor of Caregiver of the Year. The honoree will be recognized at a special ceremony on Nursing Home Caregiver Appreciation Day Nov. 21.
“Now in its 16th year, THCA’s Caregiver of the Year program provides member facilities with the opportunity to recognize the everyday heroes in their buildings,” said Jesse Samples, THCA’s executive director. “These caregivers give their all to caring for their elderly and disabled patients. Honoring them for their hard work and dedication is a real privilege."