Brian Center Alleghany receives trio of recognitions, awards at Kissito Healthcare annual banquet

Roanoke, VA. – The Brian Center Alleghany took away a trio of awards and recognitions at the operational level and individual awards for caregivers at the Kissito Healthcare Awards Banquet last month.
The Brian Center Alleghany won the Top Operational Performance Award, which factors in the center’s clinical, rehabilitation, business, bed census, surveys, and other outcomes as a whole.

Additionally, two nurses won the top clinical awards for their continued commitment to quality care for their residents and their families. Kelly Helmintoller, Director of Nursing, won the Director of the Nursing of the Year Award.

Helmintoller graduated from Jefferson College of Health and Sciences with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2009. After graduation, she worked on the medical and surgical unit at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital until 2015.

Before she joined the Kissito Healthcare team in 2021, she worked as a direct care nurse and nursing supervisor in a long-term care and rehabilitation unit, and as the Director of Clinical Services for an assisted and independent living center.

During her time at the Brian Center Alleghany, the center has consistently been rated as a Five Star Rated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Nursing Home Care Program, and The Brian Center Alleghany is ranked as the #1 skilled nursing facility (SNFs) in Virginia according to the latest Top-line report from the American Healthcare Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The Brian Center Alleghany has recently been named to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 list of “Best Nursing Homes.”

“I have been given to opportunity to work with a compassionate, dedicated, and talented group of healthcare workers. I have continued to grow as a nurse and as a leader with excellent guidance from the team at Alleghany and Kissito home office,” Helmintoller said.

She was born, raised, and continues to reside in Covington, VA with her husband Ronnie (RJ) and their eight-year-old daughter Addison. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being anywhere by the water (kayaking, pool, and beach), spending time with fur babies, and going on vacation.

Another Brian Center Alleghany employee received a prestigious and special recognition from Kissito Healthcare. Amy Harris, the Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON), received the Good Samaritan Award.
Harris was hired in November of 2012 as a floor nurse and moved into the ADON role in 2015, and recently reached a milestone of 11 years of service with Kissito Healthcare.

She is an active participant in maintaining successful clinical outcomes and quality measures within our facility. She advocates and intervenes regarding infection control processes, falls, pressure, and is a key team player in visualizing our residents with any change or concern.

“Her most commendable attribute she brings to the Brian Center is she puts the residents first in all that she does, going above and beyond expectation to put a smile on their faces and ensure they receive the best care possible,” said Madison McClintic, Chief Administrative Officer for the Brian Center Alleghany.

She is always the first one to hit the floor, pass a tray, give a shower, or simply make time to make a resident feel special that day. Harris makes it a point to show her appreciation towards her team, taking an interest in them and their families, and staying late or coming in early to jump in to help.

“Amy is simply irreplaceable, and we are gracious to have her as one of our leaders at the Brian Center,” McClintic said.

About Kissito Healthcare:
Kissito Healthcare (KHC), a Christian-based organization, operates eight skilled nursing, rehabilitation, long-term care, and assisted living centers in Virginia and North Carolina. KHC centers have been recognized by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living for quality care. Our core values are “Integrity, Passion, Excellence, and Respect (IPER).”