The Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Honors Maine's
Outstanding Direct Care Workers

In September 2015, the Ombudsman Program held its 13th Annual Excellence in Long-Term Care Awards event at the Blaine House in Augusta. Sixteen of our states’ direct care workers were honored with the Excellence in Long-Term Care Award.  Maine’s First Lady, Mrs. Ann LePage participated in this special event presenting awards to the workers. We were pleased to recognize the direct care workers chosen by an independent panel because of their demonstrated extraordinary leadership among their peers, dedication to resident rights and a commitment to providing excellent care. We know that every day Maine's elderly and disabled citizens rely upon the skills and caring of the workers who provide essential care to them both in their homes and in long-term care facilities. Congratulations to all the award recipients.


Sandra Albee, C.N.A. Maine Veterans’ Home, Machias
Debra Baldwin, C.N.A. Springbrook Nursing Home, Westbrook
Diane Begin, C.N.A.-CRMA Sunnybrook Village, Brunswick
Martha Blodgett, C.N.A. Hibbard Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dover-Foxcroft
Lisa Cirone, C.N.A.-Activity Coordinator Sunrise Care Facility, Jonesport
Ann Emery, C.N.A. III MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care-Glenridge, Augusta
Jamie Footman, Residential Support Worker Ellsworth Group Home, Ellsworth
Gretchen Hallameyer, C.N.A. Varney Crossing Nursing Care Center, North Berwick
Lynne Jordan, C.N.A. New England Home Health Care, Bangor
Sharon Nickerson, Personal Care Specialist HomePartners, LLC, Scarborough
Dianna Schmitt, PSS Sentry Hill of York Harbor, York
Misty Seeley, C.N.A. The Cedars Care Center, Portland
Ellen Smith, C.N.A. Harbor Hill Center, Belfast
Nursing Leadership Award
Tarsha Rodrigue, R.N. BSN MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care-Glenridge, Augusta
Joyce Gagnon Memorial Award
Tonya Logan, PSS Home Care for Maine, Farmingdale
James R. Moore Memorial Award
Sue Wilson, C.N.A. Katahdin Health Care, Millinocket


Ricker Hamilton
Deputy Commissioner of Programs
Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Dennis Fitzgibbons
Executive Director
Alpha One

Frances Ryan
Homeward Bound Program Director
Office of Aging & Disability Services

Leo Delicata, Esq.,
Legal Services for the Elderly

Roy Gedat
State Services Director
GT Independence
"All long-term care consumers have the right to be treated with dignity and respect."

Special thanks to the Blaine House staff for their wonderful hospitality.


"All long-term care consumers have the right to be treated with dignity and respect."