Local nurses named to Who’s Who in Tennessee Long Term Care

Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm

The Tennessee Health Care Association/Tennessee Center for Assisted Living has named three Lakeway Area residents at two Morristown nursing homes to its annual Who’s Who in Tennessee Long-term Care.

Honorees in this year’s Who’s Who recognition program include military heroes, educators, entertainers and other elders living in THCA/TNCAL member nursing homes and assisted living communities statewide.

Gwendolyn McAlister, a resident at Life Care Center of Morristown, was adopted by a supportive family who sent her to Tennessee School for Blind for her education.

She has been an inspiration to those around her all her life. She motivates her roommates with encouraging words, lifts spirits with singing and piano playing, and senses others’ emotions, offering compassionate words and prayers, while exhibiting broad smiles in all situations. Despite numerous health challenges, disappointments and loss of family, she greets each new day with thanksgiving.

Bonnie Jean Young, a resident at The Heritage Center, went to Knoxville Business School and worked at Miller’s Department Store, Magnavox and a friend’s department store.

She was active in the community, volunteering in the annual Christmas parade and playing in the senior citizens’ band. She has traveled all over the world and visited every state except Alaska.

Fred Hansen, who also resides at The Heritage Center, worked at several jobs to save up money to go to school to become a dentist.

He joined the Army after graduating from the University of Tennessee’s School of Dentistry. He was stationed at Ft. Polk in Louisiana, where he worked as part of a team of 30 dentists.

After his military stint, Hansen practiced dentistry in Union City for nearly 50 years.

McAlister, Young and Hansen will each receive a Who’s Who certificate of achievement during National Nursing Home Week, May 11-17, an event celebrating the staff, residents, volunteers and family members who contribute to the quality of life for those living in our nation’s long-term care facilities.

Their profiles will also be featured on THCA’s website, www.thca.org.

“This year’s theme is ‘The Honor Roll,’” THCA Executive Director Jesse Samples said. “It truly is an honor to recognize these men and women for the many ways they have made a difference in their communities and the lives of others.”

Since 1983, the Who’s Who in Tennessee Long-term Care program has recognized more than 2,000 outstanding individuals living in THCA/TNCAL member facilities who have made noteworthy contributions to society and helped shape history through their actions.

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