WVHCA Annual Honorees

Frank Helmick

The West Virginia Health Care Association annually honors member employees and programs that enhance the lives of their residents. Here are the honorees recognized during the 2018 Awards Gala:

Distinguished Administrator – Patty Lucas

Patty Lucas, Administrator of McDowell Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Gary, a member of the AMFM family, brings comfort to her residents and confidence to the staff members who care for them.

She began her long-term care career more than 30 years ago as a Certified Nursing Assistant at McDowell and worked her way through college to earn a degree in social work.

Patty’s colleagues say she excels in making people happy. Residents ask for her by name, and families seek her out. She earns praise her for professionalism, compassion, understanding, and dedication to her residents and employees.

Distinguished Director of Nursing – John “Adam” Skeens

John “Adam” Skeens is Senior Center Nurse Executive at Teays Valley Center Genesis HealthCare in Hurricane. He has a reputation as a communicator who listens.

Adam takes time to know each staff member’s responsibilities and his or her challenges. He takes extra time to gather information, and he thinks before he acts. The staff and residents come first. He asks “why” and provides well-reasoned feedback.

He said he sets the vision, and his staff listens, understands the goals, and reaches them.

Outstanding Assisted Living Professional – Myra Lucas

As Lifestyles Coordinator at Arthur B. Hodges Center at Edgewood Summit in Charleston, Myra Lucas enthusiastically brings joy to residents with her radiant personality and creativity.

Those who know Myra best say her more than 20 years in long-term care and her knowledge allow her to assess each resident’s acuity and provide the best experiences and activities for all residents.

Myra – a certified activity director – is known for her creativity, which surfaces when she plans special activities. She pays attention to details and finds ways to make residents feel involved and special.

Individual Excellence for Direct Care – Mary Kennedy

LPN Mary Kennedy is a Unit Charge Nurse at McDowell Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Gary, a member of the AMFM family.

Mary began her career in long-term care in 1986, and she has a reputation as a caregiver who sets high standards for herself and expects her colleagues to meet the same standards.

Her compassion, skills, and work ethic inspire other caregivers to say: “I hope to grow up to be half the nurse that Mary is.”

Individual Excellence for Operations – Sherry Hill

Sherry Hill, Recreation Director at Genesis HealthCare New Martinsville Center, started more than 40 years ago at the Center as a hands-on caregiver. She now serves there as a well-organized and highly active event coordinator who also is engaged with the New Martinsville community.

Focused on the well-being of residents, Sherry pays attention to details. She communicates with staff members, residents, families, and volunteers. Her belief in teamwork generates outstanding results.


Individual Excellence for Therapy – Matthew Grubb

Matthew Grubb has worked in long-term care 12 years, and he serves today as Therapy Director at Danville’s Hillcrest Health Care Center, a member of the AMFM family.

Matthews’s colleagues say the Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant is fully committed to Hillcrest’s residents, and he ensures they receive care that allows them to attain their highest possible level of functionality.

He demonstrates compassion and respect toward residents, and his pursuit of excellence is constant.


Distinguished Community Service – New Martinsville Center Genesis Healthcare

New Martinsville Center Genesis HealthCare is an active and visible part of the community, the Wetzel County seat along the Ohio River.

The Center takes a leadership role in raising funds for local causes and providing health-related information through expert speakers and trained professionals.

New Martinsville Center’s activities in the community affect residents of all ages – from senior citizens to children to working families. The Center’s many projects and programs reinforce its reputation in the community as a kind and caring community organization.


Best Practice – Bringing the Outside In

Cortland Acres at Thomas in scenic Tucker County developed a project that generated excitement in the center, buzz in the community, and financial support for a good cause.

For its “Bringing the Outside In” project, Cortland Acres engaged the Tucker County Photography Club and invited local photographers and eventually other in-state residents to submit images for competition.

Cortland Acres’ judges select the best photos, and those are on display inside the center. Why have blank areas on the walls when great photography is available?

Cortland Acres sells the photos at auction to benefit its foundation.


Youth Volunteer of the Year – Christopher Benishek Teets

Management and staff at E.A. Hawse Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Baker in Hardy County see Christopher Benishek Teets as dedicated, faithful, and reliable.

He has a captivating smile and respects and cares about the center’s residents. He’ll do anything he’s asked to do to help.

You’ll find Chris at E.A. Hawse every Friday, and he makes additional visits to help with special events. He assists with parties, cookouts, Nursing Home Week activities, the Fourth of July, and many more occasions at E.A. Hawse Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, a member of the AMFM family.


Adult Volunteer of the Year – Frank Helmick

Frank Helmick is committed to his community, and that community includes the Hampshire Center Genesis HealthCare in Romney.

Frank has volunteered for more than 20 years at the Hampshire Center, and he has known hundreds of residents over the years, speaking with them, listening to them, and showing compassion.

Frank visits the center several times a week, and the residents know him well – from his smile to his heart to his sense of humor.

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