Anna Hallford, unit manager at Western Hills Health Care Center

On Sept. 17, 2015, the Colorado Health Care Association presented its Nursing Administrator of the Year Award to Anna Hallford, unit manager at Western Hills Health Care Center in Lakewood.


The presentation took place during CHCA’s annual Fall Convention, held this year in Denver.


“I was shocked that I won, knowing the qualifications of my competitors,” said Hallford. “It made me feel that the years I have put in, not only at Western Hills but even prior, have positively affected those around me, residents and co-workers alike. I’ve worked in long-term care since I was 15 and have always felt it was a calling to work with the geriatric population.”


Hallford has worked at Western Hills for 14 years and manages the long-term care unit.


“She is one of the best resident advocates I have worked with in my 20 years in long-term care,” said Karen Cook, director of nursing, “and she consistently goes above and beyond to work with families to help them feel comfortable with the care we provide for their loved ones.”


Hallford has also volunteered to help in other departments when needed, and she actively participates on the facility’s wound care team and holiday planning committee.


“She is a joy to work with because she is a loyal, compassionate and caring nursing administrator,” said Troy Hamler, executive director at Western Hills. “Whether it’s remembering a birthday, wiping away tears or celebrating an accomplishment, she is here for her staff. This compassion for her staff has contributed to the lowest staff turnover in our division and has enabled our residents to enjoy consistent assignment and better care.”


“I enjoy the team that we have here,” said Hallford, “and I realize that appreciated and supported staff lead to happy residents and a high standard of care. Because of the years here at Western Hills, I have developed close relations with residents, their family members and co-workers that make this place feel like home.”