Clare King, RN at Allis Care Center, has received the Wisconsin Health Care Association (WHCA) 2015 Direct Caregiver Award.
With her 43 year commitment to working at Allis Care Center, Clare has had a front row seat to the changing landscape of long term care; however, her positive attitude that revolves around dedication and service has never changed. "Clare's everyday focus revolves around exceeding expectations for the residents of Allis Care Center. She is an unquestionable leader on our staff and is often sought out for her opinion on care by both residents and staff," said Executive Director Mike Jones.
"She is a consistent and calm professional force and her attitude has made Allis Care Center into the service oriented team we are today. She is certainly a deserving recipient of this special statewide award from the Wisconsin Health Care Association," continued Jones.
In 1972, Clare started her career at Allis Care Center as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and worked her way up through the ranks including serving as the director of nursing for the center. Currently, she serves as the PM RN supervisor.
Staff and residents look to Clare for guidance related to nursing and life. For many of the staff, Clare is the only positive, parental figure that they have in their lives who can offer encouragement or tough love as needed. One employee who works with Clare stated, "Clare is like a life coach for me. She helps me be a better CNA and a better person."
Clare will receive her award at the 2015 Wisconsin Health Care Association 64th Annual Fall Convention on October 22 in Wisconsin Dells at the Chula Vista Resort.
Established in 1951, the Wisconsin Health Care Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to representing, protecting and advancing the interests of Wisconsin’s long-term care provider community and the residents they serve. WHCA is Wisconsin’s most representative association of skilled nursing and therapy centers, as it does not restrict membership to any particular segment of the industry. In addition to its advocacy on behalf of its members, staff and residents, WHCA strives to provide its membership with the benefits of affiliation through the development and dissemination of information, training, and quality improvement assistance.