North Shore Healthcare is proud to announce that Laurie Pittman, a CNA at Hammond Health Services received a 2018 Shining Star Award from Wisconsin Health Care Association (WHCA). Ms. Pittman, accompanied by her family and members of North Shore Healthcare, was honored at a ceremony held during the WHCA Fall Convention in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

WHCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to representing, protecting and advancing the interests of Wisconsin’s long-term and post-acute care providers and residents. The Shining Star Award recognizes staff from the association’s members for their unwavering commitment and dedication to their work. Awards are given in four categories – Volunteer, Support Staff, Direct Caregiver, and Administrator. Ms. Pittman was recognized in the Direct Caregiver category as a result of providing hands-on care to residents, having a significant impact on the long-term care community and her commitment to delivering quality care. She was selected from over 70 nominations for the Shining Star Awards.

Ms. Pittman has worked as a CNA at Hammond Health Services for over 40 years. “She is one of the most consistent, reliable, hardworking people I have ever had the fortune to work with,” says executive director Laurie Edleman. “Laurie works more hours in this facility than any other person, and she always brings a positive attitude and great sense of humor. She puts the residents first.”

While Ms. Pittman compassionately provides care to her residents on a day-to-day basis, she was recognized for going above and beyond in her dedication to treating her residents like family. An example of this shared during the presentation was that each August Laurie and her husband volunteer to assist the residents to the Hammond parade. At the parade, they enjoyed a picnic lunch, watched the parade, and collected candy thrown so the residents can enjoy it afterward.

North Shore Healthcare’s CEO David Mills offered his congratulations saying, “Laurie truly is a shining star and is being recognized in part for displaying the values we believe are critically important to those that are trusting us for their care. This is such a wonderful achievement for Laurie. It reflects her passion, dedication, and commitment to the residents that she serves.”

Click here to watch a video produced by WHCA featuring Ms. Pittman.