Jana Underwood, director of nursing at Valley View Villa in Fort Morgan, Colorado, was named Director of Nursing of the Year for Life Care Centers of America’s Mountain States Division on April 9, 2018.
The award was given during Life Care’s annual Directors of Nursing Meeting held at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee. It is given to the director of nursing in each of Life Care’s divisions who best demonstrates outstanding qualities in several areas, including customer service ratings, staff development and successful state surveys.
Underwood was selected from among directors of nursing in 30 facilities in Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico and Wyoming.
“I have worked with several nursing leaders in my career, and I have never met someone so determined to make a difference in our residents’ lives,” said Brittany Staley, executive director. “She will spend countless hours here at Valley View making sure not only are her residents taken care of but her staff as well.”
When a new nurse called Underwood in the middle of the night to let her know a resident had passed away, Underwood could tell the nurse was upset. She went to the facility despite the late hour to provide emotional support for her team. She also gave a ride to a nurse’s husband when the nurse was flown to Denver due to pregnancy complications and the husband did not have a way to get to the hospital.
Additionally, Underwood was praised for providing one-on-one care to residents when needed, as well as assisting other departments unrelated to nursing. She is active in the facility’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life fundraising – including putting on a haunted house fundraiser for the past three years that has raised approximately $1,000 over all.
“Jana is a living example of what the honorable nursing profession is all about,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “She administers her God-given talents in a spirit of love and compassion to help make the lives of others better. We’re proud of her and all of our nursing award winners.”
Life Care honored seven other division winners and a Company-wide Director of Nursing of the Year, as well as a customer service winner.