Honor our long-term care facilities staff for their heroism and bravery

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, long-term care facilities were one of the hardest hit sectors across all of healthcare. Long-term care facilities staff went above and beyond, caring for residents in the face of great personal risk.

The McKnight Prize for Healthcare Heroes is intended for an individual, but the COVID-19 response has shown us that we are all in this together. The heroism of all the long-term care facilities staff that showed up and kept showing up day after day truly deserves the deepest of thanks and gratitude. 

We cannot think of a more deserving group of heroes to receive this award. Join with us to honor all of the many dedicated staff working in long-term care—our nurse assistants, environmental service workers, dietitians, nurses, administrators, activity directors, therapists and many other support staff.

Thank you for making an impact.

LEAVE A NOTE OF THANKS

Please join us in showing gratitude and leave a note of thanks to our long-term care health professionals.

Use this form to leave a note of thanks. You can share a general thank you message or even mention a specific group who has made an impact. Providing your full name is optional or you can just leave a first name. Messages will be curated and highlights will be shared on our website and select messages may be shared on our social media channels. Thank you for your support of our long-term care facilities staff heroes! Together our impact is greater.

Thank You Messages

To all my fellow nurse practitioners, healthcare workers, and nursing professors keep up the great work and stay safe. God bless.
From
Joana Constantino
Paramus, NJ
I would like to send a huge thank you to all front-line healthcare workers who have worked through so much "unknown" during the last several months. I am extremely grateful for the dedication to the residents/patients and also to your job and other coworkers. Your compassion and tireless efforts to keep the residents safe throughout the pandemic have not gone unnoticed. Healthcare workers are the true super heroes!
From
Samantha
Marked Tree, Arkansas
I would like to thank all of our staff members in all departments for everything they have done since the start of this pandemic. We truly appreciate each and everyone of them!
From
Jerad Langley
Southwind Healthcare and Rehabilitation
Words cannot express the gratitude that we have for our staff, who selflessly cared for our residents during this crisis. They are amazing individuals who are called to serve regardless of the conditions they face. Your are my heroes, and your actions will never be forgotten.
From
Cory Gatte, NFA
Encore Healthcare & Rehabilitation - Crowley, LA
Thank you for the recognition. Very much appreciated! Our staff has worked very hard under these conditions. I'm very proud to work shoulder to shoulder with these caring souls that encourage and support every residents by creating community that provides opportunity for new experiences and allows each person to thrive even during these difficult times. I am very thankful for your support. Many blessing for all long term care team members!
From
Jerry Murdock
Abbeville, LA
A HUGE shout out of appreciation and gratitude to all our front line Heroes in Long Term Care! It has been an honor serving with you and supporting you all in such a healthcare crisis that hit us hard! "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face" - Eleanor Roosevelt. That is every soul serving in long term care and healthcare in general. I applaud and revere you all!
From
Tiffany
Baton Rouge, LA
Sumner Place cared for my Mother and continues to care for my sister. Thank You For all you do.
From
Mary Ann Oehlrich
Lincoln, NE
A huge thank you to all our front-line health care workers who have so tirelessly taken care of our families throughout this pandemic. You are dedicated, hard-working, compassionate and loving even during the most trying of times. My own family has nurses and nurse practitioners who work in a variety of settings from hospitals and private clinics to long term critical care units. Their patients range from pregnant women and newborns to the elderly. I have witnessed the extreme challenges that Covid has brought to them and to all our health care workers. We are blessed to have such caring “angels” in our midst. Love & prayers to each & every one of them!
From
Dianne Ferrell
Liberty, MO
Thanks to my fellow workers for doing what we do best—caring for people. We will get through this.
From
Mike
Bartlett, TN
Thank YOU for everything!! Y’all have done so much and we are so grateful. Keep up the good work, we’ve got your back!
From
Laura
Memphis, TN
To everyone who has worked in healthcare over these last 20 months, thank you. Your endless care and compassion in the face of a global trauma has given us all so much hope. We know you are tired and worn down—thank you for continuing to fight the good fight. We know you have seen the greatest highs and lowest lows. Thank you for putting your life on the line for ours—for being there in our scariest moments, giving us peace and reassurance that no matter what happens , we are not alone. Your work and generosity is immeasurable. We absolutely would not be here today without you and I hope that we can someday be able to repay you. Thank you again.
From
Sarah
Chicago, IL
I would like to express gratitude to all of our frontline long-term care health professionals. Your heroic and selfless efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have meant so much. I've seen this on both personal and professional levels. THANK YOU and please know that you are appreciated.
From
Joe Perz
Atlanta, GA
Thank you so much for working so hard to keep our senior citizens safe over the last year and a half. It is hard work and usually Under appreciated. Thank you so much.
From
Doug McKnight
Plattsmouth, Nebraska
My dad is in a nursing home and our family is forever indebted to all the caregivers, nurses and staff for getting all of us through this trying time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
From
Mary Theiler
Arlington, NE
I am extremely grateful for all healthcare workers and their dedication to their jobs and patients during this pandemic. Throughout the country, cities and towns large and small, they have worked tirelessly and we would not have gotten through it without them. Multitudes of thanks.
From
Doris B
Omaha, NE
There is not a more deserving group to receive this wonderful award! All of our long term care teams are super heroes. Thank you!! God Bless you all! ❤
From
Jan
Fremont, NE
Thank you to all Frontline staff! Your our true heroes. You have stepped up to the plate time and time again with long hours limited PPE supply and continued your daily jobs with care compassion and such loving embrace. We salute you and thank you for your dedicated service and your continued place in all of our love ones lives.
From
Thomas McKnight MD
Fremont, Nebraska
My mom (she recently passed) was at Sumner Place in Lincoln NE, my sister is still living at Sumner Place. The staff has done an amazing job during the pandemic. We always felt they were being well taken care of even when short staffed. They took all measures to keep our loved ones safe yet made it possible to still visit with window visits and facetime when we couldn't visit inside. I can't imagine working the long hours they do especially when having to be masked and gowned up all day long. A huge Thank you to Sumner Place for the care they give their residents! ❤️
From
Christine Limmer
Fremont, Nebraska
Thank you for your tireless efforts to keep loved ones in good health, to protect them from COVID. Your commitment and generosity of spirit is an inspiration and is deeply moving. God bless you and your families.
From
Lisa Sock
Omaha, NE
Thank you all so much for your incredible work and care. You deserve deep appreciation, not just this year but every year. We are all so grateful. Thank you.
From
Olivia
Smyrna, GA
Dear Heroes,
As a retired nurse, I can attest to the humble acts of kindness you extend to your patients every minute of every day!! Often your own families have to move on without you as you care for the most vulnerable people around us. I so appreciate your hard work. You are indeed a very selfless group of individuals. You make me proud of the profession. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
From
Marilyn Cahalane
Plattsmouth, NE
Thank you to those who care for our people in facilities for whatever reason, pandemic or not. Honor to you.
From
Nancy O'Connor
Nebraska
I am extremely grateful for our nation's long-term care health professionals. Though I do not personally have a loved one living in a long-term care facility, I have many friends who do. The pandemic has created extremely difficult challenges for them, and it's been the care, compassion and competence of the facility's professionals which have eased the anxieties of my friends and frankly, kept their loved ones alive. Thank you for all that you do! Thank you for all of the lives you have saved, for all of the people you've helped age with dignity and for all of courage you've shown and shared throughout this pandemic.
From
Marian Dickson
Atlanta, GA
Thank you for your dedication to your profession under these unprecedented conditions. My gratitude is deep for all you have done. You are saving the people of this country. I pray for your well being and for your families.
From
Mary
Many thanks for your quality care and dedicated compassion to our family, friends and neighbors at all times, but especially during the isolating and stressful times of the Covid pandemic. My mother was in an assisted living community for several years and I saw firsthand the loving kindness that all of the staff extend it to her on a daily basis. Thank you, frontline Extended Care staff!
From
Evelyn McKnight
Fremont, NE
Heartfelt thanks for all of those going above and beyond to support our loved ones in long term care facilities. We appreciate you and are grateful for your service!
From
Helene E.
Atlanta, GA
Thank you for all that you are doing and have done. You are the epitome of sacrifice and strength!
From
Hollis G.
Atlanta, GA
I am so grateful to all of the longterm care health workers who show up day in and day out. Thank you for your kindness and thank you for caring for the most vulnerable among us. You are true heroes!
From
Susanne S.
Smyrna, GA
Thanks for all you do each day. Your service is appreciated!
From
Terri H.
Atlanta, GA