Paul Diaz Caring Award

Congratulations to Clarie Nicholson, a RN charge nurse at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Nampa in Nampa, Idaho and Leigh Talley, a physical therapist with Kindred at Home in Louisville, Kentucky for being our 2016 Paul Diaz Caring Award Recipients!

Check out the videos and photos below to learn about these incredible caregivers and why we are so proud to call them our Kindred teammates:



2016 Paul Diaz Caring Award Facebook Album

What is the Paul Diaz Caring Award?

Each year, Kindred Healthcare recognizes caregivers who demonstrate an extraordinary sense of compassion and empathy while caring for their patients or residents. These individuals approach their jobs not just as a means to a paycheck or the completion of their routine duties, but also as an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of those with whom they interact every day. They possess a selfless concern for others, display great respect for patients and family members, and serve as role models for their colleagues and peers.


Be sure to visit our Paul Diaz Caring Award playlist on our YouTube channel to learn about and be inspired by all of our Paul Diaz Caring Award Recipients to date!

What are the guidelines to be eligible for the Paul Diaz Caring Award?

Candidates with over two years of employment with Kindred may be nominated. Nominations are accepted from Kindred employees, Kindred patients and their families. Prior award winners cannot be re-nominated. Candidates should be employed within Kindred Healthcare.

Nominees may include any Kindred bedside caregiver, including nurses, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language therapists, therapy assistants/aides, social workers, patient service coordinators, chaplains, medical assistants and, in some cases, supervisors and managers.

Nominations are accepted year-round and must be received by July 31 to be considered for the current year’s award. Nominations received after July 31 will be considered for the following year.

How do I nominate someone for the Paul Diaz Caring Award?

Complete the nomination form at the bottom of this page.

When can I nominate someone for a Caring Award?

Nominations are accepted year round and must be received by July 31 to be considered for the current year award. We will consider nominees for the following year if their nominations arrive after the July 31 deadline.

What is the Paul Diaz Caring Award nomination process?

We give careful consideration to every nomination received. After reviewing the nomination forms or videos, the committee will narrow the pool to the finalists. The finalists must confirm that they can be present to accept the award at the annual Clinical Impact Symposium in Louisville, Kentucky. A committee of leaders from across the Kindred enterprise will then select the award winner from the finalists.

How does Kindred honor Paul Diaz Caring Award winners?

Award winners and a guest are flown to Louisville, Kentucky for the annual Kindred Caregiver Summit. At the summit, the winners will be honored and will receive the Caring Award and a framed certificate. They will also attend a reception in their honor. All travel and accommodations are included. Their names are also engraved on the legacy Paul Diaz Caring Award plaque displayed at the Kindred Support Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Their achievement will be featured in Kindred News and on the Kindred Facebook page. Their photo and story will be displayed on the Caring Awards Wall of Fame for many years to come.

Nomination Form

To submit a written nomination, complete the form below and click “Submit.”

For a video nomination, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the form below and click “Submit.”
  2. Create your video using a smartphone or digital video recorder.
  3. Upload your video to a publicly accessible video hosting site such as YouTube or Vimeo, and email the link to your video to PaulDiazCaringAward@kindred.com. Please include the nominee’s name in the subject line of the email.

Please provide detailed stories or descriptions of the nominee’s actions or characteristics that you believe make the nominee truly special.

Nominations are accepted year round and must be received by July 31 to be considered for the current year award. We will consider nominees for the following year if their nominations arrive after the July 31 deadline.

Your nomination has been received. Thank you.