The People Behind the Care


NCHCFA celebrates those who provide exceptional care to North Carolina’s long term care residents.

To recognize and honor “the people behind the care,” we developed an annual awards program to acknowledge front-line, unlicensed personnel who have exemplified outstanding achievements in the long-term care profession. Winners are honored at the Annual Awards Gala during the Annual Convention & Expo. Individuals are nominated by their colleagues for these special awards.

NCHCFA Nurse Aide of the Year 
Selected from each of North Carolina’s five geographic districts, the Nurse Aide of the Year is nominated for demonstrating outstanding care to their residents.

J.R. Garrett Direct Care Worker of the Year Award
Of the five Nurse Aide of the Year winners, one individual is further 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.

Riley W. Clapp Outstanding Service Award
One recipient is selected from a non-nursing discipline to be recognized as the Riley W. Clapp Outstanding Service Award winner.


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