CNA earns statewide award for excellence

FORT KENT, Maine — Mary Ann Desjardins, BSN, RN, director of nursing at Forest Hill Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, recently learned that a staff member was up for an award.

Brenda Gallant, RN, executive director for the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, told Desjardins that Jackie Harvey, C.N.A.-M, would receive the 2018 Excellence in Long-Term Care Award.

In a letter announcing Harvey’s recognition, Gallant said, “The award is given to acknowledge the dedication and skills of Maine’s outstanding direct-care professionals.”  

Harvey began her career in 1977 at Northern Maine Medical Center in various non-clinical positions. She first entered the healthcare field as a certified nursing assistant in 1989 and later expanded her training as a medication technician to include the responsibilities of medication administration in the long term care setting.

Desjardins said, “Jackie is a great asset to our facility. We are all so proud of her for the quality of life she contributes to our residents each day with her knowledge, smile and strong work ethic.”

In her nomination letter, Desjardins outlined the characteristics deserving of the honor which described Harvey’s dedication to the residents of Forest Hill, her kindness and caring nature.

Forest Hill Administrator Travis Guy accompanied Harvey for the awards presentation at the Blaine House in Augusta Sept. 18.

Harvey is one of 22 direct-care professionals who were honored at the ceremony by the Ombudsman Program.

The Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is a non-profit agency whose mission is to advocate for quality of life and care for long-term care consumers. 

Submitted by the Communications Office of Northern Maine Medical Center.

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