Ruben Salinas, director of nursing at The Vosswood Nursing Center

Ruben Salinas, director of nursing at The Vosswood Nursing Center in Houston, was named Director of Nursing of the Year for Life Care Centers of America’s Gulf States Region on April 9, 2018.


The award was presented during Life Care’s annual Directors of Nursing Meeting held at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee. It is given to the director of nursing in each of Life Care’s divisions who best demonstrates outstanding qualities in several areas, including customer service ratings, staff development and successful state surveys.


While providing excellent nursing care, Salinas was nominated for special acts of dedication in 2017.


When Hurricane Harvey slammed into the region, Salinas attempted to drive to the building to take care of the patients. When rapidly rising floodwaters forced him to abandon his vehicle, he had to wait to be transported by emergency personnel. While standing in the waters, he came in contact with several colonies of floating fire ant clusters that left large welts on his entire body.


When a rescue team came by, Salinas’ first request was to go to The Vosswood. The journey, which would normally take half an hour, took five hours.


Even after Salinas arrived at the facility, his selfless service continued. The first floor of the building flooded, and Salinas assisted other team members in carrying residents up to the higher floors.


“During this extreme circumstance, Ruben remained positive, encouraging and always had a sincere smile through it all,” said Angel Elkins, senior regional director of clinical services. “He is an inspiration to me and the entire Gulf Region.”


“Ruben is a living example of what the honorable nursing profession is all about,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “He administers his God-given talents in a spirit of love and compassion to help make the lives of others better. We’re proud of him and all of our nursing award winners.”


Life Care honored seven other division winners and a Company-wide Director of Nursing of the Year, as well as a customer service winner.