Award Winners Recognized at FADONA’s
Successful 26th Annual Convention
Administrator of the Year Award & Induction of New Officers Highlighted
West Palm Beach, Fla. —
Florida Association Directors of Nursing Administration/LTC (FADONA) President
Jean Nelson is very pleased to announce that the 26th Annual
Convention “Carrying the Torch of Leadership 2013” was a resounding success. The
convention, which was held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort from
April 22-25, 2013, witnessed a great number of attendees from the state of
Florida and beyond. The convention gathered together more than 300 attendees,
speakers, and exhibitors from around the country.
One of the main highlights
of the convention each year is the highly anticipated Annual Awards Luncheon.
The annual luncheon featured the 2013 FADONA Awards presentation which included
the Nurse Administrator of the Year Award sponsored by Evercare, and the CNA/LPN
Awards of Excellence sponsored by RB Health Partners. This is the 10th
straight year that Evercare has sponsored the Nurse Administrator of the Year
Award and the third year that RB Health Partners has sponsored the CNA/LPN
Each year, FADONA
acknowledges a nurse administrator who has demonstrated a high degree of
professionalism by mentoring and nurturing, as well as commitment to the
standards of nursing practice and excellence in long-term care.
The 2013 winner of the
Nurse Administrator of the Year Award is Marie-Rose Dydynski, the DON at The
Springs at Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg. On hand from Evercare to present
the award were Dr. Wanda Bryant, Dr. Gregory James, and Dr. Robert Kaplan,
alongside Marie-Rose’s administrator, Joseph Mingione.
“FADONA would like to
congratulate Marie-Rose for her intense dedication to her patients and the field
of LTC nursing,” Cruz said. “The Nurse Administrator of the Year award was
created to recognize outstanding nurse leaders, and Marie-Rose certainly
qualifies. Congratulations to Marie-Rose on all of her hard work”
FADONA also presented its
CNA and LPN Awards of Excellence. The awards recognize certified nursing
assistants (CNAs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) across the state of
Florida. This year’s winner of the CNA Award of Excellence is Latrina Clemons
from Life Care Center of Sarasota. She received a plaque recognizing her
achievement and a check for $500. The winner of the LPN Award of Excellence is
Enz Dimanche, an LPN at Palm Garden of Port St. Lucie. He also received a plaque
recognizing his achievement and a check for $500. FADONA is very proud of this
year’s worthy recipients of the CNA, LPN, and Nurse Administrator of the Year
During the annual luncheon
the Imogene Ward Nursing Scholarship Award is also presented. The Imogene Ward
Scholarship was created to honor the memory of a true long-term care leader,
Imogene Ward. Imogene’s husband, Homer, and two sons, Mike and Jeff, established
this scholarship fund in 2008 in her memory.
This year’s Imogene Ward
Nursing Scholarship Award winner is Lissette Caro, an LPN at Glenmoor Skilled
Nursing Home in St. Augustine. Presenting the scholarship award on behalf of the
Ward Family were Dr. Gregory James, president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical
Association; and Dr. Robert Kaplan, president-elect of the Florida Medical
Directors Association. On hand to help accept the award and a check for $2,000
was Lissette Caro, her facility’s DON Jennifer Futral, and administrator Kendall
FADONA installed new
officers and region vice-presidents at this year’s convention. New officers
include President, Jean Nelson; 1st Vice-President, Susie Jensvold; 2nd
Vice-President, Norma Collins; Secretary, Carla Russo; and Treasurer, Reuben
Bowie. New and returning Region Vice-Presidents are: Region I, Sharyn Figgins;
Region III, Debra Coy; Region IV, Betty Barron; Region V, Kim Joynes; Region VI,
Sheila Mangrum; and Region VII, Amina Dubuisson.
FADONA would like to
recognize its Grand Sponsor for the annual convention, Novaerus, and thank them
for the wonderful welcome reception. FADONA would also like to recognize the
five Classic Sponsors for the annual convention – American Health Associates;
Evercare; Greystone Health Care Management; McKesson; and RXPERTS Pharmacy.
Also, gracious thanks are extended to the sixteen “Platinum Partners” of the
Alliance Council and their hard work and planning for the very successful fun
night that took place on Wednesday night of the convention.
Lastly, during the Annual Awards Luncheon, Immediate
Past-President Bonnie Cruz was presented with a plaque recognizing her many
years of service, commitment to excellence, and dedication to FADONA as
president of the association.
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Nurse Administrator of
the Year Award – From left to right: Bonnie Cruz, FADONA immediate
past-president; Dr. Robert Kaplan, President-Elect FMDA; Marie-Rose Dydynski,
DON at The Springs at Boca Orega Bay; Dr. Wanda Bryant, Evercare; and Dr.
Gregory James, Evercare.
CNA Award of Excellence
– From left to right: Bonnie Cruz, FADONA immediate past-president; Nina
Willingham, Administrator, Life Care Center of Sarasota; award winner Latrina
Clemons, her guest, and Robin Bleier with RB Health Partners.
LPN Award of Excellence
– From left to right: Scott Cairns, Administrator, Palm Garden of Port St.
Lucie; Bonnie Cruz; FADONA immediate past-president; guest of Mr. Dimanche,
award winner Enz Dimanche, LPN, Palm Garden of Port St. Lucie; Sheila Mangrum,
DON, Palm Garden of Port St. Lucie; and Robin Bleier with RB Health Partners.
Ward Scholarship –
2013 Imogene Ward Nursing Scholarship Award – From left to right: Kendall Bryan,
Administrator, Glenmoor Skilled Nursing Home; Dr. Gregory James, president of
the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association; Jennifer Futral, DON, Glenmoor
Skilled Nursing Home; scholarship recipient Lisette Caro, LPN, Glenmoor Skilled
Nursing Home; Dr. Robert Kaplan, president-elect of the Florida Medical
Directors Association; and Bonnie Cruz, FADONA immediate past-president.
FADONA Officers &
Directors – FADONA’s slate of directors and regional VPs being inducted into
their positions at this year’s annual awards luncheon
Grand Sponsor --
Novaerus (from left to right): Shanon Niebauer, Cathy Sallitto, John
Grondin, Kevin Maughan, Michael Shea, and Graham Deane
Fun Night Sponsors:
Alliance council members and convention attendees enjoying fun night.