December 17, 2002 11:00 pm

Cindy Simonis, director of nursing at Evergreen Vista in La Grande, has been named nursing director of the year by the Evergreen Health Care systems in Oregon.

The nursing home corporation has 10 homes throughout the state. Simonis has been nursing director at Evergreen Vista for three years.

The La Grande home specializes in care for patients with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. In partnership with the Center for Human Development, the home also has an enhanced care unit for people with severe mental illnesses.