In 2018, three associates from Life Care Center of Scottsdale, Arizona, were recognized by the Arizona Health Care Association for their leadership in 2017 and 2018.
Valerie Grosso, registered dietician and director of dietary services, won the Leadership Award at the Arizona Health Care Association Conference in June. Grosso is known for her innovative techniques to educate patients and associates about nutrition and wellness.
“Working with patients to make lifestyle changes due to a new diagnosis or decline in a condition is something familiar to most of us, but Valerie went beyond her calling when she realized the knowledge she was extending to our patients would make a difference to our associates. By empowering those who care for patients, we can offer more of an empathic insight through our own first-hand experience,” said Jennifer Mancebo, director of nursing at Life Care Center of Scottsdale.
In June, Hernando Aragon, certified nursing assistant, won the Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year Award for 2017/2018. Aragon has worked at Life Care Center of Scottsdale for 28 years and was a member of this year’s Care Force Academy graduating class. The academy is designed to raise healthcare industry standards through education and outreach.
“The insights gained have already translated to improved patient care and increased confidence in the delivery of care,” said Victoria Furst, executive director at Life Care Center of Scottsdale.
Melinda Clark, certified nursing assistant, won the 2018 Mesquite Region’s Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year Award in September. Clark is known for her positive attitude and willingness to help everyone around her. She also works one-on-one with patients to help them better understand their diagnosis through hands-on teaching. Clark is distinguished by her patience and adaptability regarding everyday tasks.
“Melinda is a peppy ball of energy with a ‘can do’ attitude that positions her to learn more and do more,” said Furst.