The 2015 Wanda Braziel Award Goes To….

Celebrating Those Who Care

Each year, Woodland Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care gathers nominations from family members and residents for our Wanda Braziel Award. This award, named in honor of a former Woodland Ridge board member, pays tribute to a special staff member.

Family members and residents submit nominations for staff who meet the award criteria of exhibiting a nurturing spirit, treating residents with dignity and respect, making Woodland Ridge a valuable community asset, making all residents and their families and visitors feel at home, and delivering superior service through all personal interactions.

We are pleased to have had so many staff members nominated for the 2015 award, including:

  • Latrice Sartin
  • Jesse Harden
  • Maria Vargas
  • Calvin Traylor
  • Anna Williams
  • Vanessa Roberts
  • Turea Ingram

Though each of the nominated individuals would have been a qualified winner, and although they are each so vital to the fabric of Woodland Ridge, we’re proud to announce Turea Ingram as the 2015 Wanda Braziel award recipient having received the most votes from her peers and partners. Ingram’s name will be added to our award listings, and she will receive both a commemorative plaque and a cash prize.

Turea, who has worked at Woodland Ridge since 2008, serves as a med tech and shift supervisor. Our families had so many good things to say about Turea. One family members says, “She cares for [my dad] like her own father.” Another noted that, “With an employee like Turea, I don’t worry about the level of care or respect that my mom receives.”

Those who nominated Turea describe her as “a God send,” as “an outstanding employee who takes her work seriously,” and as “a high-energy individual with a can-do attitude.” They repeatedly mentioned that Turea is always ready to help or answer questions when needed and that she always does so with a smile. Turea says the award means a lot to her because she does try to treat all the residents in her care just as she would treat her own mother and father.

She says it’s important to her to do the best job possible in taking care of those who call Woodland Ridge home.

We are so proud of Turea and all our caregivers who dedicate themselves to high standards of work and high standards of care. We know you can train skills needed for a caregiving role, but you can’t train a heart. Our caregivers have a heart for their work, and Turea is a shining example of what makes Woodland Ridge such a special place.