IHCA names Nancy Smith nurse of the year

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The Illinois Health Care Association presented Nancy Smith, LPN, with its Nurse of the Year award. Smith has been working at Alden Wentworth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Chicago for the past 22 years.

The Illinois Health Care Association presented Nancy Smith, LPN, with its Nurse of the Year award. Smith has been working at Alden Wentworth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Chicago for the past 22 years.

“Nancy is someone that everyone at Alden Wentworth can depend on,” said Charlene Hill-Jeon, Administrator at Alden Wentworth. “During the blizzard of 2011, she stayed at the facility for two days making sure our residents were taken care of and shifts were covered.”

Known also for her generosity and warmth, Smith is affectionately called “Nana” by some of the center’s staff and residents. Smith has cooked for some residents she thought weren’t getting enough to eat. The center’s management also pointed out that she often buys residents Christmas presents.

One year Smith bought as many asy 50 holiday gifts for residents.

She was honored recently at the 61st annual IHCA convention and trade show in Peoria.

The award came after being nominated by the center’s staff and then selected by a special awards task force.

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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