Award Winners Announced at the Annual Awards Banquet in Roanoke

Every year we recognize the shining stars within our membership at the VHCA Annual Awards Banquet held during the VHCA/VCAL Convention.  We celebrate the outstanding achievements of administrators, nurses, volunteers and others who help make Virginia long term care facilities places of quality care for the frail and elderly.  

Congratulations to the following award winners for their outstanding service in the profession:

James G. Dunton Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement
Parker Jones, Heritage Hall - Leesburg.  Mr. Jones is a long term and active participant in the Association and has served on various committees including Quality of Care, Regulatory, Convention & Trade Show, and Nurse Scholarship as well as representing the Northern District on the VHCA Board of Directors.  He is highly regarded as an advocate for the residents and staff.  Mr. Jones is passionate about leading by example.  With over 40 years in the long term care profession, he has dedicated his life to improving the quality of the lives of his residents and patients.  

VHCA Nursing Facility Administrator of the Year Award
Derrick Kendall, Heritage Hall - Blackstone.  Mr. Kendall is recognized as a compassionate and caring professional, and it shows in the daily interactions he has with the residents, patients and their families.  He is highly skilled, compassionate, a critical thinker and displays the highest ethical standards.  Mr. Kendall has a long and active track record with the Association and has served on various committees including the Quality of Care and Regulatory committees, as well as serving as a Secretary/Treasurer for the VHCA Richmond District.

VCAL Assisted Living Administrator of the Year Award
Pam Guthrie, The Terrace of Beth Sholom, Virginia Beach.  Ms. Guthrie is an outstanding Administrator and ardent advocate for her residents and the assisted living profession.  She is a student of assisted living regulations and is passionate about understanding the long term effects of today’s legislative issues.  She is active in the Association and has served on the VCAL committee for many years as well as being a presenter at the 2012 VCAL Symposium.


VHCA/VCAL Director of Nursing of the Year Award
Susan Parks, Heritage Hall - Nassawadox.  Ms. Parks is an exceptional Director of Nursing.  Her clinical and leadership skills have earned her respect from her peers.  She has a gift of promoting team work by example and is always available for her staff, residents and families.   Ms. Parks has been at Heritage Hall – Nassawadox for over 13 years where she began her career as a weekend manager. 

VHCA/VCAL Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year Award
Janet Harris, The Healthcare Center at Brandermill Woods, Midlothian.  Ms. Harris is an extraordinary CNA and an asset to her community.  She takes great pride in caring for her residents and treats each one as if they are family.  Ms. Harris has a very calming and reassuring demeanor which gains her respect with her fellow staff, residents and their families.  Ms. Harris began working at The Healthcare Center at Brandermill Woods 19 years ago.  Unfortunately, due to a death in her family, Ms. Harris was not able to attend the Awards Banquet.  We will feature her in an upcoming CareConnection once she is able to receive the award.

VHCA/VCAL Adult Volunteer of the Year
Doris Jackson – Golden Living – Charlottesville

VHCA/VCAL Group Volunteer of the Year
Walt & Debbie Garde – Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

VHCA/VCAL Teen Volunteer of the Year
London Hughes – The Joseph C. Thomas Center at Richfield Living - Salem