The People Behind the Care


There are very important people working inside of each and every skilled nursing facility. The individuals celebrated here characterize the best of what being a caregiver in North Carolina is all about.

The NCHCFA Annual Awards program provides the opportunity to acknowledge front line unlicensed personnel who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the long term care profession. The program honors individuals who are the backbone in our facilities because of the care they provide to residents. Each year an outstanding Nurse Aide is recognized from each of NCHCFA’s five districts.  Of the five Nurse Aide winners, one individual is recognized as the J.R. Garrett Direct Care Worker of the Year Award for the exceptional service they provide to North Carolina’s long term care residents. In addition, one recipient in a non-nursing discipline is recognized for the “Riley W. Clapp Outstanding Service” award. Each of the award recipients are honored at the Annual Awards Gala during the Annual Convention & Expo. Individuals are nominated by their colleagues for these special awards.


Watch NCHCFA’s 2019 Annual Award Winners in Action!

These videos were produced for the 2019 Annual Awards Gala held on Monday, February 25th during the Annual Convention & Expo held in Greensboro, NC.





Stephanie Underwood, District I Nurse Aide of the Year





Patricia Cunningham, District II Nurse Aide of the Year





Deborah Moore, District III Nurse Aide of the Year





Tiffany Brown, District IV Nurse Aide of the Year





Debra Flythe, District V Nurse Aide of the Year & J.R. Garrett Direct Care Worker of the Year





Tommy Johnson, Riley W. Clapp Outstanding Service Recipient


2019 J.R. Garrett Direct Care Worker of the Year

Stephanie Underwood
Pisgah Manor Health Care Center


2019 Annual Award Winners


Previous Annual Award Winners