Kelly Hughes Wheeler, 45, of Hartland a registered nurse at Redington-Fairview General Hospital has been named 2016 Caregiver of the Year by the Maine Hospital Association.

Hughes, nurse manager of the hospital’s Birthing Center, was awarded the honor Wednesday night during the association’s annual summer forum. Wheeler has 24 years of experience as an obstetric nurse and has managed the hospital’s obstetrics department since 2010.

Wheeler also is a primary caregiver at the hospital, helping out in other departments when asked. It was that volunteered assistance that caught the attention of hospital officials after a traffic accident two years ago.

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