Jimmie Carol Prater, director of nursing at Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, was recognized at the state Capitol on Aug. 20 as part of a statewide effort to pay tribute to Kentucky’s long term care providers. The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities held its first Crusade for Caregivers event in Frankfort, and Prater was acknowledged as the Association’s Outstanding Director of Nursing for the Eastern District.
“I appreciate being recognized by the Association and our state lawmakers, but this is an honor not just for myself, but for MN&RF staff and all of Kentucky’s long term care providers,” Prater said.
The event showcased the dedicated caregivers and excellent facilities that have helped make Kentucky one of the nation’s leaders in quality long term care. Many lawmakers read resolutions and citations in honor of their local long term care providers.
“The caregivers in Kentucky nursing homes work hard every day to provide the best care possible to the residents they serve,” said KAHCF Board Chairman, Ken Urlage, administrator at River Valley Nursing Home in Butler, Kentucky. “Not only are they supplying quality health care services, they also often fill the role of family members in between family visits. It’s no secret that in many cases, caregivers become as close, if not closer, than family. That is exactly why it is so important to recognize these individuals for their hard work and unmatched dedication they have for their residents.”
Several individual caregivers and facilities across Kentucky were honored for their outstanding efforts and work on behalf of the long term care community.
“Working in a long term care facility is not an easy job, yet our hardworking caregivers get up each day committed to providing top-notch care,” said Ruby Jo Lubarky, President of KAHCF. “Unfortunately, the hard work provided by these caregivers too often goes unappreciated. That is exactly what the “Crusade for Caregivers” award initiative is all about - recognizing those hard working individuals who make it possible for residents to call our facilities home.”