Local nursing home patients honored for lifetime achievements

The Tennessee Health Care Association (THCA) has named Joseph “J.R.” Page and Nadene Cothran, patients at Lewis County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 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.

Page earned a Bronze Star for his service in the Philippines during World War II. After returning home, he worked with youth, coaching and raising money for the local ball fields. He has a passion for life and has flown small planes, ridden motorcycles, driven race cars, hunted and fished.

Cothran taught in Lewis County Schools from 1958 to 1984. When she wasn’t teaching, her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, needlework, basket making, painting and ceramics. She also participated in various activities at the United Methodist Church in Hohenwald.

Page and Cothran received Who’s Who certificates 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. Their 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.

Lewis County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is a member of THCA, a nonprofit organization whose members include long-term care facilities located throughout the state.

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