Mary Hines, Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year, and Johnny Sissom, maintenance assistant and Team Spirit Award winner

Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, recently honored associates who go above and beyond their day-to-day job responsibilities and demonstrate exceptional dedication and compassion to the community’s residents.


Johnny Sissom, maintenance assistant, was honored with the Team Spirit Award. This award is presented annually to an outstanding facility associate whose enthusiasm, optimism, persistence and pride in their work demonstrate true commitment and dedication to Life Care’s mission and help build team synergy.


In their nomination, residents wrote: “Johnny is the nicest and friendliest guy I know.” “He is funny, and whatever I ask him to do, he does it with a smile.” “He always is prompt and always has a positive attitude, and I can count on him to do what I ask.”


Residents also enjoy his Elvis impersonation during karaoke events, saying, “It is a joy to watch him sing to all of us, and he has a great voice too.”


Sissom, of Olive Branch, Illinois, has worked at Life Care since May 2016. He received a $100 cash award and a Life Care Team Spirit Award plaque.


Mary Hines, from Cape Girardeau, was named Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau’s Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year. She received $100 cash and a framed certificate, and her name was added to the facility Rewarding Excellence plaque.


According to her nomination, “Mary is a very hard worker. She is compassionate, caring and sincerely loves the residents. When I need to be stretched, she takes her time with me, going above and beyond. She also helps her co-workers on the floor by going to other halls when needed. She loves her job, and you can tell by her smile.”


Three other CNAs were recognized during the awards ceremony. Angela Womack, Denise Besse and Ronda Whitcomb received Rewarding Excellence awards presented to the top three CNAs who demonstrate exceptional dedication and compassion. The award is based on attitude, teamwork, competency, tenure and facility involvement, as well as the CNAs’ rapport with residents, families, co-workers and supervisors.


“We are so proud of all of our award winners because of their continued commitment to doing Whatever It Takes And Then Some to make sure our residents receive the best possible care,” said Executive Director Mamye Whitten, who presented the awards on Aug. 28, 2017.