COLD LAKE – Maybe it was a nurse who went above and beyond to make sure you were comfortable, maybe it was a healthcare worker who offered you support during a difficult time, whatever the reason they hold a special place in your heart, Hearts for Healthcare wants to know.
The local organization is accepting nominations for their Nursing Excellence and Healthcare Excellence awards.
Between now and June 15, residents can submit their forms explaining why they believe someone in the Cold Lake region and even beyond deserves to be recognized.
“This year, we want to really recognize our healthcare professionals in the area, obviously particularly more this year and last year. Lots of people have really stepped up because of COVID and have just had to help a lot of people navigate during this time,” said Kari Leiper, executive director for Hearts for Healthcare. “I think it’s really important now more than ever to celebrate our victories and to help spread positivity.”
When it comes to the healthcare award, anyone that works within the field, from the maintenance staff to the surgical staff, are eligible.
“With the healthcare award, it can be someone that works in a dental office, physio, it can be in any department of the hospital whether that’s maintenance or janitorial. They can be in therapy, a pharmacy, it’s opened up to first responders like paramedics, it’s really open to anyone,” outlined Leiper.
The Nursing Excellence Award is open to nurses from any departments whether it be the operating room, emergency room, clinics, long-term care, or acute care.
Leiper said they want to recognize as many healthcare staff as possible, especially during a time like this.
“We do open it up to the surrounding area, the nominations we get are mostly from the Cold Lake-region, but I certainly wouldn’t turn down nominations from Bonnyville as well.”
As part of the nomination form, Hearts for Healthcare asks for submitters to share a story.
“We really want to hear the stories behind what makes that person special, how have they touched your life?” expressed Leiper, adding maybe it was a dentist or dental hygienist that put your scared child at ease, or maybe it was a nurse who made your loved one living in long-term care feel right at home. Whatever it is, they want to hear about it.
“Be as specific as you can,” she stressed.
The awards have been ongoing for the past 10 years. Prior to the pandemic, the winners would be invited to the Hearts for Healthcare Gala to celebrate, but due to COVID they have had to put their official invitation on hold.
“There will be some sort of prize package for the winner and then obviously when we’re able to have our gala again we will have two tickets for each of the winners as well,” detailed Leiper.
Each person nominated for an award will receive a certificate of nomination from Hearts for Healthcare.
“It’s really important to celebrate our victories and just help spread that positivity and kindness and give each other a big hug.”
Nomination forms can be found on the Hearts for Healthcare website, or at your local healthcare office.