Caregivers honored at 2022 Excellence in Long Term Care Awards luncheon
FORT KENT, Maine — Shirley Bonenfant of Northern Maine Medical Centers, Forest Hill Long Term Care Facility and Rehab Center, recently received a 2022 Excellence in Long Term Care Award during a recognition ceremony held at Maple Hill Farm. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, offered the keynote address.
The awards, which were presented by MHCA President/CEO Angela Westhoff and MLTCOP Project Manager Trinity Baker, are given annually to long-term care employees statewide who have consistently exemplified a commendable level of caregiving, dedication, and professionalism in caring for the state’s elderly and disabled citizens living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and in individuals’ homes. Bonenfant was one of 14 caregivers statewide who received the honor this year. With nearly 21 years of dedicated service to NMMC, Bonenfant has proven to be an invaluable asset to NMMC and the Forest Hill Rehab and Nursing Center team. Her attention to detail and patient centered work ethic helped her to stand out as an exceptional choice for this award.
The Excellence in Long Term Care Award is designed to thank and honor Maine’s long-term care employees who spend their days and nights caring for others. To be considered, nominees must meet certain criteria, including consistent quality of caregiving, attention to residents’ rights, leadership among peers, and ability to inspire others through example. Nominations for the award were submitted by providers statewide and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges with long term care expertise.
According to Westhoff, “This program seeks to honor the dedication, hard work, perseverance, and in some cases personal sacrifice of long-term care providers across the care continuum. We are so thankful to you, the amazing caregivers, who provide such excellent and high-quality care to Maine’s elderly and disable citizens.”