Nursing homes to bestow honors tonight

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

November 1, 2013

PRESTONSBURG — Two nursing homes plan to honor some of their residents and staffers, as well as other community members, during hall of fame ceremonies this evening.

Prestonsburg Healthcare and Riverview Health Care Center each plan to hold hall of fame ceremonies tonight at 6 p.m., at their respective facilities.

Joe Steier, president and CEO of Signature Healthcare, which owns both facilities, said the purpose of the ceremonies is to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of residents, staff members, volunteers and community residents.

“Our residents have given so much to their hometowns and our nation, and these contributions deserve to be celebrated,” Steier said. “The Hall of Fame Café induction ceremonies are a small way for us to say ‘thanks.’”

Prestonsburg Healthcare plans to honor five individuals, including:

Earl Heffner: Heffner is a retired Commander in the U.S. Navy, with two active duty tours during World War II and the Korean War.

Shirley Callihan: Callihan was awarded the Good Conduct Medal during her service in the U.S. Air Force as a second Lieutenant Nurse.

Pam Miller: Miller, who served the health care community since 1989, was regarded as an extraordinary nurse whose patients loved her.

Chris Waugh: As a county clerk, Waugh has successfully opened three clerk branch offices and the first clerk drive-thru service for the residents of Floyd County.

Philman Mitchell: After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Mitchell worked as a coal miner for 23 years.

For more information about the Prestonsburg Healthcare event, call (606) 886-2378.

Riverview Health Care will also honor five individuals. They include:

• Nancy Powers: Dingus contributed to students’ success by offering her services as a special education and remedial reading teacher.

• Willie Shepherd: During the Korean Conflict, Shepherd was a Private First Class and served in the 30th Tank Battalion.

• Lawrence Edward Stephens: As an EMT, Stephens assisted in organizing the Magoffin County Rescue Squad.

• Wanda Duff: Duff worked as a dedicated CNA for 25 years at Riverview Health Care.

• Tom Graham Dingus: Dingus, along with three other businessmen, built nursing homes in the Prestonsburg area, including Riverview Health Care Center.

For more information about the Riverview event, call (606) 886-9178.