VALHALLA, N.Y. — Mount Vernon resident Angela Tucker of The Grove at Valhalla Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Valhalla has been named 2016 Professional of the Year by health-care company CareRite Centers.
Held in observance of National Nursing Home Week to recognize the hard work and dedication of staff throughout CareRite Centers’ network, nominations for CareRite Centers’ Professional of the Year program began in 2015 and concluded in May 2016. Tucker was recently designated CareRite Centers’ 2016 Professional of the Year for the devotion and level of care she provided.
Not long ago when her sister passed away, Tucker was the first to lend a helping hand in taking in her sister's children, who she continues to raise today along with her own children. Her exceptional work ethic and determination that goes above and beyond what is expected stems from her childhood in Jamaica along with her long-term innate desire to support and help those in need.
As Professional of the Year’s grand prize, CareRite Centers offered its winner the choice of either a two year fully loaded Ford Fusion car lease or a $5,000 cash payout. While Tucker would have very much liked choosing the car lease she opted instead for the $5,000 cash payout to use the funds for the betterment and welfare of her family.
CareRite Centers was so moved by Tucker’s selflessness that it decided to award her both the $5,000 cash payout and the two year fully loaded Ford Fusion car lease in honor her steadfast noble efforts and commitment to others.
A part of The Grove family since June 2000, Tucker said, “I love taking care of people and love what I am doing. I always put my best foot out because this is not only where I earn my living but this is also my place. You have to treat this like your own home. I always do what I think is best for the residents I serve and am never not above doing anything.”