CAHF Awards

One of CAHF's priorities is to ensure that long-term care providers are recognized for their excellence. Through our annual awards program we honor providers, dedicated staff and volunteers for their achievements and their commitment to long-term care.

Awards are presented at CAHF's Spring Legislative Conference, Summer Conference and Annual Convention. 

Click here to view AHCA award winners.

For questions or more info, contact: Lorena Esparza at lesparza@cahf.org

Click on each award tab to access additional information and submit a nomination.

Re-submissions of non-winning nominations are encouraged if current or ongoing. 

Facility Super Stars

The Facility Super Star Awards recognizes employees of CAHF member facilities who have 10 or more years of service and have dedicated their lives to long-term care. The top 20 nominees are selected by CAHF's Board of Directors to receive the award and attend the awards ceremony.


2021 Award Winners 

Click here for the list of 2021 winners and previous winners!


Nomination open date: CLOSED
Deadline for consideration: August 24, 2022

Excellence in Programming

The Excellence in Programming Awards recognize individual facilities for superior achievement in key areas of long-term care, such as activity programs, community involvement, family involvement, quality assurance, resident councils, special services and staff development.


2019 Award Winners

Walk in My Shoes, Four Seasons Healthcare & Wellness Center, North Hollywood

Behavioral Health Awareness Program, Vista Pacifica Convalescent, Jurupa Valley

Sleep Hygiene Program, Bayside Care Center, Morro Bay

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Nomination open date: CLOSED
Deadline for consideration: August 24, 2022

Nurse of the Year

The Nurse of the Year award is designed to recognize an outstanding registered nurse or licensed vocational nurse who has dedicated their professional career to the field of long-term care.


2021 Award Winner

Shavinder (Shavi) Kaur, Ararat Nursing Facility, Mission Hills

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Nomination open date: CLOSED
Deadline for consideration: August 24, 2022 

Del Callaway Administrative Excellence

The Del Callaway Award recognizes a long-term care administrator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and mentoring while advancing patient care and enhancing quality. Recipients of the Administrative Excellence Award are selected by previous winners of the award. 


2021 Award Recipient

Erika Castile, Torrey Pines Senior Living, San Diego

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Nomination open date: CLOSED
Deadline for consideration: August 24, 2022

Thomas E. Spindle

CAHF's most prestigious award, the Thomas E. Spindle Memorial Award recognizes an association member who has devoted considerable time and knowledge and provided exemplary service to CAHF at the facility, chapter and state-wide levels.


2021 Award Recipient

Julianne Williams

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Nomination open date: CLOSED
Deadline for consideration: August 24, 2022

Showcase Award

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The Showcase Awards are designed to recognize facility, company, chapter or regional efforts that promote the positive image of long-term care. CAHF's Showcase Awards are presented at the Legislative Conference in Sacramento and will recognize community events in the following categories: Community Event/Activity, Media Event/Activity, Social Media and Grassroots Effort.


2022 Award Winner

Winter Wonderland, Villa Siena

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Nomination open date: CLOSED
Deadline for consideration: February 11, 2022

Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year awards recognize youth, adult and group volunteers who contribute their time and effort to residents of long-term care facilities.


 2022 Award Winner

Lifting Spirits with Music

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Nomination open date: OPEN
Deadline for consideration: April 28, 2022

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is designed to recognize individual CAHF members - both providers and associates - who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the goals of CAHF and fostered the highest professional ideals.


2022 Awards Winners

Margarita Kechichian, Executive Director, Ararat Nursing Facility

Mark Payne, Purchasing Consultant, HPSI 

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Nomination open date: 
Deadline for consideration: April 28, 2022

Life Membership

Life Membership in CAHF is designed to provide lasting recognition to those that have provided outstanding or exemplary service to the association through involvement at the chapter and state level, as well as providing community service.


2022 Award Winner

Walt Hekimian

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Nomination open date: 
Deadline for consideration: April 28, 2022