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 2020 Annual Award Winners in Action!

These videos were produced for the 2020 Annual Awards Gala held on Monday, February 24th during the Annual Convention & Expo held in Greensboro, NC.





LaToya Bailey, District I Nurse Aide of the Year
Universal Healthcare/Fletcher





Linda Thompson, District II Nurse Aide of the Year & J.R. Garrett Direct Care Worker of the Year
White Oak Manor of Charlotte





Maria Canuto-Sosa, District III Nurse Aide of the Year
Alpine Health & Rehabilitation of Asheboro





Ashley Crevier, District IV Nurse Aide of the Year
Peak Resources/Pinelake





Pam Farrow, District V Nurse Aide of the Year
Cross Creek Health Care





Mike Murrell, Riley W. Clapp Outstanding Service Recipient
Crystal Bluffs Rehab & Health Care Center


2020 J.R. Garrett Direct Care Worker of the Year

Linda Thompson
White Oak Manor of Charlotte


2020 Annual Award Winner Biographies


Previous Annual Award Winners