Patricia Lipp, of Luther Manor in Hannibal, has been named John Wood Community College (JWCC) and Community Health Care Agencies Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) of the Year for 2017.

Patricia Lipp, of Luther Manor in Hannibal, has been named John Wood Community College (JWCC) and Community Health Care Agencies Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) of the Year for 2017.

Lipp received the award during a luncheon hosted Friday, April 21, at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center.

The event was co-sponsored by JWCC and Community Health Care Agencies that recognized 14 area CNAs nominated for the honor. Lynn Niewohner, director of the West Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, served as emcee. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the local CNA of the Year celebration. The theme for the celebration was “Angels of Healthcare.”

CNAs provide personal assistance with a wide array of daily activities and also strive to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of those for whom they care every day.

“The CNA of the Year recognition award was established to honor local Certified Nurse Assistants, our ‘Angels of Health Care’, for their contributions to the care and well being of the ill and the elderly,” said Dr. Laura Routh, Administrative Chair for Health Sciences. “Successful CNAs are those individuals who are compassionate, caring and flexible, and understand that each individual in their care has unique needs and personalities. As a front-line care giver, CNAs develop very special relationships with those in their care. There is a great deal of pride and deep satisfaction that comes from knowing they make a difference each day in the lives of others.”

As the 2017 JWCC/Community CNA of the Year, Lipp received a plaque, $300 and a variety of gifts donated by local businesses. A traveling plaque will hang in Luther Manor during the coming year and her name will be added to the JWCC CNA plaque.

Each of the other 13 nominees received a small cash prize and gifts donated by local businesses. The nominees were:

· Taryn Marquardt, nominated by Adams Pointe Assisted Living

· Michelle McKinley, nominated by Barry Community Care Center

· MacKenzie Cooksey, nominated by Blessing Hospital

· Trista Perry, nominated by Golden Good Shepherd Home

· Revelyn Carr, nominated by Good Samaritan Home

· Debbie Wallace, nominated by Heritage Health

· Ketra Brown, nominated by Illini Community Hospital

· Kerrie Hilgenbrinck, nominated by Illinois Veteran’s Home

· Megan Owens, nominated by North Adams Home

· Shocinda Sherwood, nominated by St. Vincent’s Home

· Kelly Billingsley, nominated by Sunset Home

· Beth Griswold, nominated by Supportive Living for Seniors

· Tasha Jones, nominated by Timber Point Healthcare Center

"Employment opportunities for CNAs are excellent throughout the region," Routh said. "Earning a CNA certificate from John Wood Community College and becoming a part of the rapidly growing healthcare industry can be done in one eight-week session. Classes are available in both daytime and evening sessions, and start at several points throughout the year.”

More information about upcoming CNA classes and career opportunities can be found at www.jwcc.edu/academics/degrees/nursing-cna/ or by calling 217-641-4334.