Ceca Program Highlights

Our Philosophy


The #1 reason people leave is because of lack of recognition at work.

Ceca’s program is based on the power of recognition.  We believe that all workers have a fundamental need for appreciation and a sense of belonging to help them reach their potential.  We believe that peer-to-peer recognition is a powerful motivator, and one of the best ways to honor co-workers and encourage engagement. We believe that engaged workers with positive attitudes perform at higher levels, leading to improved patient care and better patient experience.

Our Process

Ceca’s Caregiver Award Program centers on a contest designed to recognize, celebrate and reward caregivers who have been nominated by co-workers for exceptional patient care. Ceca’s open online peer-to-peer recognition system makes frequent, meaningful recognition easy for co-workers. Every day our Healthcare Partners’ staff, as well as members of the cared-for community, recognize the contributions of caregivers by making nominations through a secure website. A caregiver who is moved to recognize one of their peers logs-on to the system and clicks a button to make a nomination. This automatically makes the recipient eligible for the Ceca Award (see below).  Nominations are also posted on the Healthcare Partner’s “Team Wall” for everyone to see.

The Ceca Award

cecas-program-the-ceca-award-clappingNominations are tracked by the system, and evaluated by a panel of judges made up of Ceca, our Healthcare Partner representatives, and the cared for community. At the end of the nomination period, this panel of judges reviews the posts and chooses that period’s Ceca Award winner who best exemplifies qualities of empathy, humor, integrity, professionalism and teamwork in treating patient residents. Aside from the genuine respect and positive recognition from peers and patients, monthly and quarterly winners additionally receive a $250 prize.

While the financial rewards are designed to be meaningful, the Ceca Award is fundamentally about the priceless recognition given by fellow staff members. Together with patients and their families, Ceca seeks to celebrate and thank caregivers for their outstanding work.

Caregiver Recognition Tools

computer-trainingCeca Foundation provides a variety of tools to participating healthcare institutions to implement its caregiver recognition program. These include:

CecaAward.org – an accessible, easy-to-use online system, that enables caregivers, patients and their families to recognize outstanding caregivers, and nominate them for the Ceca Award.  To view the software enabling Ceca Award nominations, click here.

CecaTV – Ceca powers a proprietary application displayed on prominently placed TV monitors at partner healthcare facilities.  This communication tool announces winners, shows summaries of nominations and photos of nominees and promotes caregiver education and engagement;smartphone-training-2-with-image

Evaluation Tools – reporting and analysis that tracks the number and nature of award nominations that are used by the Judge Panel to select Ceca Award winners;

Feedback and Measurement Tools – polling software that enables measurement of the program’s effectiveness and blind-pool comparisons to other institutions;

On-site Training – to introduce the management and staff of participating healthcare institutions to our recognition process, tools and best practices;

Best Practices – continuous coaching and forums among participating healthcare institutions that share experiences and practices that promote success.

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