NCHCFA Annual Awards Program


Without question, exceptional people work inside every skilled nursing facility. To celebrate these individuals, NCHCFA 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.


Nominations are now closed for 2022. Nominations open annually on August 1 and close on or around November 4.

Congratulations to the 2023 Award Winners!

These individuals will be recognized during the annual awards reception and gala on February 20 during our annual Convention & Expo in Greensboro, NC.

2023 Winners 

District I, Doris Stamey, Silver Bluff Village

District II, Sandra Money, Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehab

District III, Sandra Altamirano, Trinity Glen

District IV, Heather Blue, Peak Resources Pinelake

District V, Antoinette Boose, Franklin Oaks Nursing & Rehab

Riley W. Clapp Outstanding Service Award, Willette Parker, Clapp’s Nursing Center


Past Winners (2021, recognized in 2022)

District I, Kimberly Cunningham, Graham Healthcare and Rehab

District II, Marcia Posey, Liberty Commons / Yadkin County

District III, Nora Mallet, Clapp’s Nursing Center

District IV, Tracie Moore, Riverpoint Crest Nursing and Rehab

District V, Angela Evans, Franklin Oaks Nursing & Rehab

Riley W. Clapp Outstanding Service Award AND J.R. Garrett Direct Care Worker of the Year Award, Dorothy Teasley, Liberty Commons, Franklin County