Nursing Home Staff Awarded 2021 McKnight Prize for Healthcare Outbreak Heroes

Awards and Recognition; Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)

Nursing home staff have always been our nation’s unsung heroes. Now, it’s official thanks to a new award from the CDC Foundation. 

This week, the CDC Foundation and the Evelyn and Thomas McKnight Family Fund for Patient Safety announced that the 2021 McKnight Prize for Healthcare Outbreak Heroes is being awarded to all nursing home staff in the U.S. This honor extends to nursing home staff across all work levels and job functions for the heroism and bravery exercised during the COVID-19 pandemic. The award recognizes those who serve and protect patients from harm related to health care outbreaks. 


Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing homes were one of the hardest hit sectors across all of health care. Nursing home staff went above and beyond, setting their fears aside to care for and protect their residents in the face of great personal risk. According to the federal government, over 550,000 nursing home staff contracted COVID-19 and over 1,000 lost their lives.

AHCA is proud to be a presenting partner with the CDC Foundation. The association will host the formal award ceremony, which will take place at the 72nd AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention & Expo​ in October. Come and celebrate this significant recognition with your heroic colleagues!