The Mary Denton Award honors an individual who has provided the highest level of caring service to the residents of Life Care’s skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities. It is named for a former resident who was committed to welcoming new residents and making them feel at home.
“By her work and love, Helen sets and lives the standard of what a great director of nursing should be,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “Her nursing skills, teaching capabilities and compassion bring healing, hope and inspiration to residents, their families and the staff she directs.”
Matvichuk was honored during Life Care Centers of America’s Directors of Nursing Meeting, held at Life Care’s corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee.
“Her calm approach and never-ending desire to take care of people is truly remarkable,” said Dani Andrade, executive director at Life Care Center of Aurora.
Matvichuk has worked for Life Care since 2002, serving first at Life Care Center of Westminster, Colorado, and then transferring to Life Care Center of Aurora in 2012. She was especially praised for visiting a former patient who had been discharged home on hospice care and helping her husband around the house so he could spend more time attending to his wife. She tucked the wife in that night, and the former patient passed away peacefully the next day with her husband by her side.
“It’s not the early mornings, late nights, dining room duties, never passing a call light or the way she meticulously rounds and critiques her utility rooms that make Helen deserving of the Mary Denton Award, but it’s the way she truly falls in love with every patient,” Andrade said.
“This award means a lot to me,” said Matvichuk. “What we do every day matters, and that’s why we come back every day to do it – because it matters.”
Life Care also honored eight division Directors of Nursing of the Year and a Company-wide Director of Nursing of the Year.
Matvichuk also won the division Director of Nursing of the Year Award in 2012.