The best of the best are celebrated with MRC’s highest honor

March 22, 2022

Each year, each MRC entity awards the most prestigious honor in the organization to a deserving individual. These winners are first nominated by their peers, supervisors or residents. The criteria is specifically tied to MRC’s ICARE values: integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence. Each nomination details ways that the candidate exemplifies these values in their work each day and may even give specific examples how this person has taken outstanding action in a tough situation.

Next, the nominations go to a committee comprised of Executive Directors and Executive Team members. Each nominee’s name as well as any other identifiers are redacted from the form so that the candidates are judged on their merit alone.  Once the winners are selected, they are kept top secret until the name is unveiled at the annual Christmas party.  Each winner is presented with an ICARE Champion certificate along with a check for $1,000.  Later in the year, this collection of super stars are honored with a day trip to The Woodlands complete with a fantastic brunch with Board Members, followed by an afternoon of pampering at a high end salon and spa.  

“This is a highly deserving group of folks. They are  the absolute best of the best! From incredible stories of  resilience, to going the extra mile, or getting a laugh, these are the employees who are making it happen, day in and day out. Being named the ICARE Champion is a title given to those who are truly championing the values that make MRC a special place to live and work,” explains Frances Beltran, MRC VP of Human Resources.    

Mirador- Corpus Christi: Oliver Mendoza is a Certified Nursing Assistant at Mirador. Oliver’s dedication to the team, community and most of all, the residents is unmatched. He has a special way of connecting to each resident! 
MRC Central Support Services: Ken Halbert is a Sales Specialist for MRC. Ken is the epitome of a team player, always willing to pitch in however he can to help the team succeed and to ultimately, fulfill the mission of MRC. 
MRC Affordable Housing: Justin Collins works as a member of the maintenance team for Affordable Housing in Bryan. He has a great    attitude and always puts the needs of others before    himself. He is a blessing to all who know him! 


Cornerstone- Texarkana: Ronita Miller is a Nursing Assistant at Cornerstone. Ronita’s spirit is evident in all she does for the residents on a daily basis. An elder’s son recently said, “She has changed my mother’s life.”   
The Crossings- League City:  Chika Ozougwu is a CNA in the Assisted Living neighborhood, The Forest. She has worked at The Crossings for 3 years and exemplifies the ICARE values in every way.  
The Langford- College Station: Michelle Jenkins, Certified Nurses Assistant at The Langford was selected because she is always positive and will lend a helping hand anywhere she can. She serves the residents with such a huge heart and smile. 
Creekside- Huntsville:  Sunneta Johnson is an LVN and the Charge Nurse in Assisted Living. Sunetta is an incredibly optimistic team player that constantly shows her compassion for the elders at Creekside.  
PineCrest- Lufkin: Shari Palacios is the Executive   Assistant at PineCrest. She  truly understands the mission of the organization and puts the needs of the residents and staff before her own.   
Crestview- Bryan: Nicole Fry is an LVN and serves as Crestview’s Admissions Nurse. Her team described her saying, “Nicole has a level of compassion for elders that is unparalleled."

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