The CARE Award honors nurses who work to improve health and wellness in the community. We’re proud that one of our own registered nurses, Francis Cunningham, won the CARE Award in 2018.

CARE Award Honors Nurses
Registered Nurse, Francis Cunningham holds up his CARE Award.

Francis poses with his CARE Award.

Recently, KyXy 96.5, Azusa Pacific University‘s Nursing programs and Hotel del Coronado teamed up to acknowledge San Diego nurses for all of their hard work. They created the CARE Award rewarding deserving recipients with plaques and 50-minute spa treatments, courtesy of Spa at The Del.

In November, Father Joe’s Villages’ own Dr. Sarah Carreira nominated one of our amazing Registered Nurses providing health care to neighbors in need: Francis Cunningham. Due to his passion for serving others and compassion for patients, Francis won!

Here’s what Dr. Carreira had to say about Francis:

“Francis is one of the most well-rounded, loving, capable nurses I have ever had the honor to work with… When people walk in off the streets with physical or psychiatric issues, I find myself in awe at the way Francis intuitively reaches out with a listening ear, offers respect and dignity, and engages with a heart wide open… We are so lucky to have him here.”

Nurses Change Lives at Father Joe’s Villages

Francis served as a Registered Nurse with the Augustinian Volunteer Corps at the Village Family Health Clinic for 10 months in 2015 and 2016. After his service ended, he returned home only to move back to San Diego to work once again for the health center.

Francis said, “What I love most about being a nurse at the clinic is the amount of interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration I get to participate in. Especially with the complexity and intricacies of our patients, teamwork is crucial… I have learned just as much about the kind of person I want to become as I have about the kind of nurse I want to become by working here at our clinic.”

Thank you Francis and all of our nurses for your life-saving work!

If you would like to join our team as a nurse for Father Joe’s Villages, we offer a variety of nursing positions, including jobs for registered nurses. Click here to learn more.