Every facility has at least one woman who is an unsung hero. Now McKnight’s is giving providers a chance to recognize and honor them on a national stage.

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living have joined forces to create the “Women of Distinction” honors to recognize those who have made a lasting contribution to the field, or who are early in a promising career. Multiple honorees will be recognized in each of the two categories.

For entry into the McKnight’s Hall of Honor, nominees shall be women who are at an executive level, either in administration or direct care, at any senior living community, including skilled and assisted living. Other eligible nominees are professionals in academia, policy specialists and various thought leaders and activists.

The Rising Stars category will honor nominees under the age of 40, or top performers who have less than 15 years of experience in the profession.

“As the field’s leading publication, we realized it is time to celebrate women who have given so much to their residents, co-workers, and the field of eldercare,” said McKnight’s Publisher Craig Roth. “McKnight’s is thrilled to launch this program in the hopes of shining a light on some of our most deserving readers.”

Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 18 at no charge. From Jan. 19 to 31, a late fee of $25 will apply.

The application asks for the nominee’s pertinent work history and achievements, including any positions or leadership roles in her community.

The McKnight’s Women of Distinction is one of a family of Haymarket Media honor programs  recognizing top women executives and professionals in their respective fields, such as PR Week’s Hall of Femme.

To nominate a Woman of Distinction, visit www.mcknights.com/womenofdistinction.