Honors — Dec. 4


The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program of New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Department congratulates Certified Ombudsman Volunteer Fern Ice of Clovis as the recipient of this year’s Gerald F. McBride Commitment to Excellence Award.

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Ice has served as a volunteer Ombudsman for more than 10 years, advocating for the rights of residents in long term care facilities. This includes investigating complaints about a resident’s right to fairness, freedom, privacy, and self-determination and all areas of care they receive, while working to have complaints resolved.

Most recently, Ice took the initiative to spend several hours of her weekend to investigate a concern that was important to residents. She was quick to verify the concern and initiate immediate correction by talking to staff while onsite and conducting follow-up afterwards. Kathy Barris, director of the Curry County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, nominated Ice.

— Submitted by Shannon Cupka