Joe Leal, nurse

Joe Leal, a nurse at Life Care Center of Treasure Valley in Boise, Idaho, received Life Care Centers of America’s Northwest Division Whatever It Takes And Then Some Award on Aug. 29, 2018, for his dedication to customer service.


Executives from Life Care awarded Leal a cash prize during an awards ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee. He was chosen from among thousands of associates in the Northwest Division and was one of only eight associates from Life Care’s more than 200 facilities nationwide to receive the award.


Leal is known to not only take good care of his patients but also to check in on associates when they are sick and off work.


In December 2017, a resident asked Leal to be her escort to the facility’s Snowflake Ball. He made sure she felt special and arrived dressed up and with a corsage for her.


“Really all I did was take a girl to a party,” said Leal. “I see how I would like to be treated. Our residents are all just people who want to be interacted with.”


“Dedicated caregivers routinely go far above and beyond their job descriptions, and Joe Leal certainly demonstrates by his example their professionalism and compassion for the residents they serve,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “We are proud of Joe and the thousands he represents in their selfless approach to the needs of others.”


Life Care Centers of America’s Whatever It Takes And Then Some program rewards associates for extraordinary acts of kindness. Monthly awards are presented in Life Care facilities nationwide based on nominations from fellow associates, family members, residents and guests. Each facility then chooses an annual winner, from which the divisional winners are selected.