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Christina Harris, RN, Named as McKnight's Women of Distinction Inaugural Spirit Honoree

Meridian Senior Living congratulates Christina Harris, RN, our Regional Clinical Director, for being recognized as one of seven Women of Distinction in McKnight’s Inaugural Spirit Awards class. According to the McKnight’s website, “The Spirit Award recognizes inspirational caregiving deeds and other noble gestures by women who have demonstrated acts of bravery, courage, perseverance, dedication, or determination.” A nomination process was used to identify honorees for the McKnight’s Women of Distinction.

Ms. Harris is an alumni of California State Fullerton and boasts a twenty-year career in nursing, which has given her many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of patients and residents. For the last ten years, Harris has served as Regional Director Clinical Services at Meridian. She provides clinical support and oversight for communities managed by Meridian in the western United States. 

“Christina has been a leader and standard bearer for outstanding care for our residents since she joined Meridian, said Robert Sweet, Co-CEO, Meridian Senior Living. “We join McKnight’s in recognizing her dedication, high standards, and selfless devotion to our industry, our residents and her Meridian teammates.”

Harris was nominated for this award by stepping up to the challenge during the global pandemic and exceeding expectations among residents and family members. During the beginning of the pandemic, she spearheaded a mission to deliver care filled with compassion and emotional support to treat affected residents that went above and beyond on many fronts. When one of her residents was overcome with sorrow when she learned that her husband died and she had COVID-19, Harris acted fast to be by her side. Wearing protective gear, Harris sat down with her and listened to her story, provided comfort, and delivered old fashioned care to help her recover. Ms. Harris not only battled the pandemic in her assigned Meridian communities, but also traveled without hesitation to other Meridian communities to treat those residents as well.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Christina since she was a med tech back in 2004. Watching her gain knowledge and grow her career has been an honor throughout the years,” said Kevin Carlin, Principal and Chief Sales Officer of Meridian Senior Living. “She has always been a humble hero and never hesitated to jump right in and help any community, individual resident, or employee work through the most difficult time in our careers.”

McKnight’s will formally recognize Harris and other award recipients on May 13, 2022, during the in-person 2022 McKnight’s Women of Distinction gala ceremony in Chicago. To learn more about the McKnight’s Women of Distinction award honorees, visit the McKnight’s Senior Living website.