announces 2015 Caregiver Award Winners

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November 23, 2015, the online learning portal of Morningside Ministries, announced the winners of the Sixth Annual Elizabeth McGown Caregiver Legacy Award. The award is given to two caregivers from across the country. This award recognizes caregivers that go above and beyond the call of duty and show great commitment to making a difference in the lives of the senior adults in their care.
The Sixth Annual Elizabeth McGown Caregiver Legacy Award winners are: Kathleen Parks, Professional Caregiver and Tricia Crosby, Family Caregiver. The award reflects and encourages caregivers to make a difference in the lives of senior adults and is sponsored by Eli Lilly & Company who donated a gift to honor the recipients. The award is named after Mr. Floyd and Mrs. Elizabeth McGown, who recognized the importance of caregiving and the value of educating those that provide care for others. “Caregiving is hard work,” said Vice President of Corporate and Community Education at Morningside Ministries, Maria Wellisch. “We consider every caregiver a hero.”
In addition, also honored Dr. Martha Acosta with the Presenter of the Year Award. Dr. Acosta, of the School of Health Professions at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, recorded a video of the proper use of assistive devices. The video has become the highest hitting educational video with 75,000 views and counting worldwide. 
The ceremony took place live, on at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18 and recognized Ms. Parks from Hicksville, New York and Ms. Crosby from Franklinton, Louisiana for going above and beyond the call of duty and enhancing the lives of senior adults.
“We received nomination letters from all over the country declaring sentiments of admiration, appreciation and love. It was quite a hard decision for the team to make, but it reminded us of how grateful we are to have the opportunity to do what we do,” said Executive Director of, Nina Rios.
An encore of the 2015 live webcast is now available. 
About is dedicated to providing caregivers across the nation with free online training and educational videos that improve the quality of care received by senior adults. Developed in 2007, offers over 300 free online training programs in English and Spanish. 
About The Elizabeth McGown Caregiver Legacy Award
The Elizabeth McGown Caregiver Legacy Award honors a health care professional, or family caregiver who provides exceptional care to older adults and inspires others to make a positive, meaningful difference in their lives. The award is named in honor of Elizabeth McGown who was a lifelong caregiver and inspired others to meet high standards in providing care to the older adult and to do so with great compassion.

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