LEWISTON — Zam Zam Mohamud, a certified nursing assistant at Central Maine Medical Center, has been named the organization’s latest Sunshine Award winner for providing compassionate and exceptional care.

Mohamud was recognized for her commitment to patients and the extra care she provides to patients on the inpatient rehabilitation unit. She routinely adds special touches to her list of responsibilities, such as washing and braiding women’s hair and shaving men, according to those she works with. 

A Lewiston resident, Mohamud in 2013 became the first Somali citizen to serve on the Lewiston School Committee. In 2011, she was one of three residents who ran as write-in candidates for an open, at-large School Committee seat, finishing a close second to the man she would end up replacing.

Mohamud’s nominators praised her for her dutiful and skillful work, her compassionate and thoughtful nature, her attention to detail and her desire to enhance the lives of those around her.

The Sunshine Award was established to reward and celebrate CMMC technical support staff’s extraordinary skills and compassionate care. Sunshine Award recipients consistently demonstrate compassion, patient- and family-focused care, passion about life, patient advocacy and support of all health-care team members.