The Foundation for Healthy Communities is pleased to announce Jessica Morris, RN, with Hanover Terrace Health & Rehabilitation Center as the 2019 recipient of the Clint M. Jones Nursing Award, marking only the second time in the program’s 13 year history that a nurse from long-term care has received the prestigious award.
Morris, a resident of Orford and a graduate of Manchester Community College, received the annual award in front of her peers and family during a special Nurses Week celebration held Wednesday, May 8th at Hanover Terrace in Hanover, NH.
The Clint Jones Nursing Award was created in 2006 by the Foundation for Healthy Communities to honor the memory of the former director of the Foundation’s N.H. Nursing Workforce Partnership. The award recognizes a registered nurse practicing in New Hampshire for at least one year but not more than six years, who exemplifies quality, compassionate nursing care and demonstrates a commitment to a career in nursing.
In nominating Morris for the award, Martha Ilsley, Administrator at Hanover Terrace, highlighted Jessica’s compassion as a nurse and her commitment to her patients and their families. “Jessica exemplifies the practice of compassionate, quality nursing care every day,” stated Ilsley. “She serves as a mentor and inspiration to all of her colleagues, and we couldn’t be prouder of her.”
Presenting the award to Morris at Hanover Health was Clint Jones’ wife Leslie and son Matthew, who shared a few thoughts on how much it means for the family to be able to recognize those in the nursing profession through the award.
“Given how important supporting the nursing profession was to my father, it’s an honor for us to recognize nurses each year for their commitment to delivering compassionate care with this annual award,” stated Clint Jones’ son, Matt Jones. “We congratulate Jessica on receiving this award, but more importantly we thank her for her dedication and commitment to her patients at Hanover Terrace.”
Between November 2002 and February 2005, the N.H. Nursing Workforce Partnership, under the direction of Clint Jones, distributed millions of dollars in forgivable loans to hundreds of aspiring nurses in college and practicing nurses who received specialty training or advanced degrees.
Pictured L to R: Emilie Carrier, LPN, Hanover Terrace Health & Rehabilitation Center; Martha Ilsley, Adminstrator, Hanover Terrace Health & Rehabilitation Center; Jessica Morris, RN, Hanover Terrace Health & Rehabilitation Center; Matthew Jones; Leslie Jones; and Peter Ames, Executive Director, Foundation for Healthy Communities.