Charleston, W.Va. – She is an “old school” nurse who still believes a back-up can ease lots of illnesses and if the corners on the bed are not tight enough the patient will not sleep well. This mindset on the small details and her high standard of care has earned Mary Kennedy, Unit-Charge-Nurse for McDowell Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (N&RC) the 2018 Direct Care Employee of the Year award.
The award was presented by the West Virginia Health Care Association (WVHCA) at their annual awards gala at the Marriott in Charleston. The convention and awards banquet recognizes the best in skilled nursing and assisted living centers in W.Va.
Kennedy has worked in the skilled nursing industry since 1986. While many of her peers have retired and several of her residents are younger than she is, Kennedy is not slowing down. In addition to her clinical skills she will help clean, assist patients with coloring their fingernails or straighten the center to make it more homelike.
“Her skill set is hefty and her passion is immeasurable. She desires to help and to serve and she does in so many ways,” said Patty Lucas, executive director for McDowell N&RC. “She cares for patients, staff, families and those in the community, many who know and love her.”
Kennedy inspires others with her work ethic. When her patients see her working they are inspired by her independence still. Also, she seeks out teachable moments for her fellow employees so the patients receive the best care practices available.
“Our direct-care nominee serves as a model of what a strong nurse, good employee and fabulous human being is all about,” Lucas added.
AMFM operates 18 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout West Virginia. They operate in Braxton, Boone, Clay, Cabell, Summers, Fayette, Hardy, Greenbrier, Webster, Wayne, McDowell, Lincoln, Wyoming, Harrison (Clarksburg & Bridgeport), Marshall, Taylor and Mercer counties.
AMFM’s mission is “to exemplify excellence in quality care to our customers by providing an environment that enhances personal growth, individuality, dignity and respect.”