Ticonderoga woman earns recognition

TICONDEROGA - A Heritage Commons employee has won a state award.

Elizabeth LaPointe, 30-year employee of Heritage Commons Residential Health Care as a certified nursing assistant (CNA), has received the 2010 Long Term Care Employee of Distinction award.

Daniel Heim, interim president and CEO of the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (NYAHSA), presented the award. There were 18 statewide recipients of the award that was established by NYAHSA to acknowledge the efforts of front-line staff members working in long-term care settings within New York State.

This is the second time one of Heritage Commons' employees has received this award. Terry Sprague received this same award in 2008.

"Being a CNA is a physically demanding job, and can be emotionally draining as well; but with Liz; you would never know it," stated Laura Tirado, administrator for Heritage Commons. "She stands out as a loving and compassionate caregiver and is often requested by residents and families. She has a warm, cheery smile; and no matter what kind of day she is having; she always smiles and says "good morning" to all that come in contact with her."

LaPointe was nominated by supervisor, Mary Ellen Ellithorpe, director of nurses, and Sandra Bolton, chairwoman of InterLakes Health Board of Directors.

Tirado has challenged each employee to strive to be next year's recipient.

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