Published on October 14, 2019

Wright Wins Caregiver Award from Mississippi Health Care Association

Linda Wright accepting social work award

Tony Hamrick, MHCA president, presents the second place award in the category of Social Worker/Social Worker Designee to Linda Wright, social services coordinator at Baldwyn Nursing Facility.

BALDWYN, Miss.—The Mississippi Health Care Association recently announced that Linda Wright, social services coordinator for Baldwyn Nursing Facility, has received the second place award in the category of Social Worker/Social Worker Designee.

Wright received the award at a recent MHCA Volunteer and Caregiver Awards luncheon held in Jackson. “Linda has 30 years of experience at our facility,” wrote David Seay, Baldwyn Nursing Facility administrator, in Wright’s nomination. “She is devoted to the facility, staff and community. She is a true resident advocate and is always thinking with the end goal to improve the resident experience.”

A Tupelo resident, Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mississippi Valley State University in 1978. Before joining the Baldwyn Nursing Facility staff on Jan. 30, 1989, she worked in a Cheyenne, Wyoming, nursing home; a domestic violence/family services agency in Omaha, Nebraska; and as a substitute teacher in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“Linda often stays late and comes in early to meet a family or resident at their convenience. She regularly visits residents in the hospital, and she even visited a resident there on Father’s Day because his family lives a long distance away,” Seay wrote. “She always puts the resident and family’s needs first in all that she does.”

The MHCA Volunteer and Caregiver Awards recognize caregivers in various disciplines in long-term care facilities throughout Mississippi. Winners are nominated by staff, residents or residents’ family members as a way to show special recognition to caregivers who go above and beyond their job descriptions to provide the highest-quality, compassionate care for our state’s most vulnerable adults.

“Congratulations to Linda Wright for winning a Caregiver Award in 2019,” said Vanessa Henderson, executive director of MHCA. “This award is a well-deserved honor and recognition for her commitment and dedication to providing the highest quality of care to the residents she serves, and always putting them first.”

The Mississippi Health Care Association (MHCA) was established in 1953. With more than 200 members, the organization is Mississippi’s oldest and largest association of nursing homes, personal care homes and other long-term care facilities. 

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