Ila Garrigus named as ‘Who’s Who’

Ila Garrigus named as ‘Who’s Who’

Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 8:01 pm

The Tennessee Health Care Association has named Ila Garrigus, a patient at Golden Living Center-Union City, to its annual Who’s Who in Tennessee Nursing Homes. Honorees in this year’s Who’s Who recognition program, themed “American Classics,” include athletes, educators, military veterans and other individuals living in THCA member nursing homes statewide.
Ms. Garrigus became a school teacher in the 1930s, and one of her students made an impact on her life. Robert Waggoner was younger and smaller than the other students, but he was always kind and helpful.
Shortly after arriving at Golden Living Center, Ms. Garrigus stopped to ask a man in the hallway for directions and thought he looked familiar. It was Waggoner, and they spent hours getting to know each other and looking over his old photos from his school days.
Until his death, Waggoner continued to help his former teacher at the nursing home.
Ms. Garrigus will receive a Who’s Who certificate of recognition during National Nursing Home Week May 8-14, an event celebrating the fundamental role nursing homes play in the continuum of long-term care. Her profile will also be featured on THCA’s website, www.thca.org.
“Each year, long-term care facilities across the state nominate exceptional men and women for Who’s Who in Tennessee Nursing Homes,” said THCA Executive Director Jesse Samples. “These patients have made a difference through their contributions to their families, churches, communities and occupations. They have shaped our history, and it is a privilege to honor them as ‘American Classics.’”
Since 1983, the Who’s Who in Tennessee Nursing Homes program has honored more than 1,700 outstanding individuals living in member facilities of THCA.
Through this special program, THCA annually recognizes individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to their communities and helped shape history through their insight and actions.
Golden Living Center-Union City is a member of THCA, a nonprofit organization whose members include long-term care facilities located throughout the state. For more information about nursing homes, contact THCA at (615) 834-6520 or visit www.thca.org.
Published in The Messenger 5.11.11

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