BALLINGER - Two employees of Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center were recently honored by the Texas Health Care Association.

BALLINGER - Two employees of Ballinger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center were recently honored by the Texas Health Care Association.

The Texas Health Care Association named Dee Ann Luna, LVN, MDSC Nurse of the Year and Tabitha Perez Nurse Aide of the Year for Region 2.

Luna joined Diversicare in 2007 as a dietary aide. She was taking classes to become a certified nursing aide at the time. After becoming a CNA, Luna took classes at Ranger College to become an LVN. She’s been doing MDSs the past five years and is currently enrolled in nursing school, on her way to becoming an RN.

“Dee Ann’s dedication to improving herself and the lives of others is inspiring, and we are honored to recognize her example with this award,” said Kevin Warren, president and CEO of the Texas Health Care Association.

Luna is married with three children and has lived in Ballinger her entire life. She is a member of the American Red Angus Association. She and her husband also own a construction business.

Perez been a team member at Ballinger Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center for more than five years, and a CNA for 17 years. She is very dedicated to the patients she serves and is an advocate for their care. Her approach to care can best be described as “arms wide open.”

“Tabitha provides the care and devotion that we all want our loved ones to receive. She has made a positive impact on hundreds of lives and is an inspiration to many who have the opportunity of working with her,” Warren said. “CNAs like Tabitha give families a sense of comfort knowing their loved ones are being cared for. We are proud to recognize her example with this award.”

Perez was nominated by her co-workers and selected by a panel of long term care clinicians from across Texas.

Perez has lived in Ballinger for 15 years and is a proud mother of four children.

Ballinger Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center provides short and long term care and rehabilitation services to more than 100 patients and residents.

Diversicare provides post-acute care services to skilled nursing center patients and residents in 10 states, primarily in the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest United States. As of the date of this release, Diversicare operated 77 skilled nursing and long-term care facilities containing 8,556 skilled nursing beds. For additional information about the company, visit Diversicare's web site: www.DVCR.com.