NCHCFA Annual Awards Program


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. In addition, one recipient in a non-nursing discipline is recognized for the “Riley W. Clapp Outstanding Service” award. Each of the award recipients is honored at the Annual Awards Gala during the Annual Convention & Expo. At the conclusion of the event, one of the five Nurse Aide winners 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. Individuals are nominated by their colleagues for these special awards.

Nominations are open for the 2020 Annual Awards Program!  Click here to print forms.


The NCHCFA 2019 Annual Award Winners were recognized on February 25th, 2019 in Greensboro, NC:

District I Nurse Aide of the Year
Stephanie Underwood – Pisgah Manor Health Care Center

District II Nurse Aide of the Year
Patricia Cunningham – Saturn Nursing and Rehabilitation

District III Nurse Aide of the Year
Deborah Moore – Clapp’s Nursing Center

District IV Nurse Aide of the Year
Tiffany Brown – Sanford Health and Rehabilitation

District V Nurse Aide of the Year
Debra Flythe – Northampton Nursing & Rehab Center

2019 Riley W. Clapp Outstanding Service Award
Tommy Johnson – Piedmont Crossing


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




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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





Tommy Johnson, Riley W. Clapp Outstanding Service Recipient