The Arkansas Health Care Foundation (AHCF) announced Amy Smith, RN at Salem Place Nursing and Rehabilitation in Conway, as a Finalist for the 2012 Nurse of the Year. The finalist award was presented on Tuesday, Oct. 23, during the AHCF Annual Caregiver Award Gala held during the Arkansas Health Care Association Annual Fall Conference and Business Meeting at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Health Care Foundation Nurse of the Year Award was created to recognize outstanding Direct Care Licensed Nurses working in long term care facilities. Emphasis is placed on recognizing those who are compassionate, caring and innovative in dealing with residents, families and peers in the delivery of care in the long term care setting. Those honored have shown a dedication to continued professional growth and development in the long term care field.

Amy Smith began her career in long term care nine years ago at Salem Place Nursing Rehabilitation as part of the Conway High School Me Pro Program. This program gives high school students the opportunity to work at a nursing home for a grade as a CNA. During her time as a CNA, staff and residents alike loved her and looked forward to her caring enthusiasm. Amy’s passion for nursing lead her to obtain first her LPN license and more recently she has returned to school and completed her RN licensure. As she has moved up within the facility, she has become a strong leader and mentor to other staff members and her commitment to excellence has been contagious to everyone around her. Amy always takes time to teach other facility nurses and is also assigned nursing students during their clinical experience. The nursing students love their clinical time with Amy in long term care because she takes the time to explain what the procedure is but also why the procedures are done in a certain way. Through teaching student nurses she has inspired many to become long term care and geriatric nurses.

Crossland Heavy Contractors, headquartered out of Columbus, Kan., is pleased to welcome Josh Porter to their 2013 team of field engineers.

Porter is a native of Vilonia, where he attended Vilonia High School. A recent 2012 December graduate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Porter will be receiving his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.

Previously to joining Crossland, Porter worked for Superior Concrete, Inc.

Upon graduation, he will be assigned to the Broken Arrow WS Improvement Project located in Broken Arrow, Okla., where he will serve as a Field Engineer for the project.

"We are excited about all the new field engineers we will be adding to our job sites in 2013. We have a talented group of guys with diverse backgrounds who have the drive to make a difference here at Crossland," stated Ivan Crossland Jr., CEO of Crossland Construction.