The Alabama Nursing Home Association today announced the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant.

These ladies will compete for the coveted crown of Ms. Alabama Nursing Home on Monday, July  27 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. The winner will serve as a spokesperson for nursing home residents and the Alabama Nursing Home Association (ANHA).

The top 10 finalists are (in alphabetical order by nursing center):

  • Ms. Albertville Nursing Home Rehab Select, Mildred Goss, Albertville, Age 87
  • Ms. Birmingham Nursing & Rehab, Freddie Douglas, Birmingham, Age 90
  • Ms. Cherokee County Health & Rehab Center, Freddie Harkness, Centre, Age 65
  • Ms. Cottage of the Shoals, Dorothy Archer, Tuscumbia, Age 87
  • Ms. El Reposo Nursing Facility, Elizabeth Penn, Florence, Age 77
  • Ms. Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center, Lydia Guthrie, Hanceville, Age 79
  • Ms. Hartford Health Care, Kathy Hawkins, Hartford, Age 46
  • Ms. Troy Health & Rehab Center, Dorothy Gainey, Troy, Age 78
  • Ms. Woodhaven Manor, Sylvia Holland, Demopolis, Age 87
  • Ms. Woodland Village Rehab & Healthcare Center, Nellie Berry, Cullman, Age 76

“Each lady is a wonderful ambassador for her nursing home and Alabama’s long term care profession,” ANHA President Richard Brockman said. “The Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant is a celebration of life and the contributions nursing home residents make to their communities. Each of these contestants captures that spirit.”

Earlier in July, preliminary judging was held in Montgomery to narrow the field of 62 contestants to the top 10 finalists. Contestants are evaluated on their outlook on life, personality, poise and involvement in their individual nursing homes.

Miss Alabama Meg McGuffin will co-host the event, and Ms. Senior Alabama Renee Pierce and Alabama’s Distinguished Young Woman Bria Kalpen, will serve on the panel of celebrity judges. Other celebrity judges include American Health Care Association Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Greg Crist, Regions Bank Vice President of Corporate Communications Jeremy King and Alabama Power Media Relations Specialist Keisa Sharpe.

The top 10 finalists will have individual interviews with the panel of celebrity judges the morning of July 27 before competing on stage that afternoon. All of the other contestants in attendance will be part of the Honor Court and will be individually recognized during the pageant. The pageant begins at 2:00 p.m. on July 27. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Editor’s note: This story was adapted from an Alabama Nursing Home Association press release issued July 9, 2015.

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