TCMH 2017 CNA of the year Debbie Breckenridge, front, stands with Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer, and Doretta Todd-Willis, left, TCMH chief nursing officer.

A Houston woman received the 2017 Certified Nurse Assistant of the Year award at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

Debbie Breckenridge was chosen for the award by the nurse managers at TCMH. She has been a CNA in the medical surgical department at TCMH since 2002.

Doretta Todd-Willis, chief nursing officer at TCMH, said Breckenridge is very compassionate. Todd-Willis shared a story from family members of a patient that credited Breckenridge with helping their mother recover after an illness that had her “at death’s door.”

“Debbie is always pleasant in her demeanor with her patients, and she’s known for trying to make them laugh,” Todd-Willis said.

Todd-Willis said patients and their family members appreciate the respect Breckenridge has for them even with her joyful and upbeat attitude.

“Debbie is a shining star among our CNAs at TCMH,” Todd-Willis said.

As CNA of the year, Breckenridge received a personalized award of crystal, a gift card and fresh flowers.

TCMH provided breakfast for CNAs and other assistive personnel at the hospital. A mandatory skills lab was provided for the staff as well. Ten stations provided education — some of which included topics such as customer service, patient safety and infection control.

TCMH employs 33 CNAs or assistive personnel. They work in several departments of the hospital — medical surgical, obstetrics, emergency room, home health and hospice.

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