IHCA/INCAL to Honor 2017 Senior Living Award Winners at Annual Convention

From making new advancements in clinical operations and outcomes to redefining the meaning of person centered care, the staff and individuals we recognize this year exemplify quality.

The Indiana Health Care Association/Indiana Center for Assisted Living (IHCA/INCAL) will honor recipients of the 2017 Senior Living Awards on Tuesday, August 15th at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. Award winners are selected from peer and colleague nominations and represent the highest commitment to quality in long term care and assisted living.

Administrator of the Year: Holly Witkemper, Morning Breeze Retirement & Healthcare Center (Greensburg, Indiana)

Clinical Staff of the Year: Louise Bethany, CNA, Cardinal Nursing and Rehab (South Bend, Indiana) and Samantha Conner, CNA, Cloverleaf of Knightsville (Knightsville, Indiana)

Support Services of the Year: Joanie Freeman, Parker Health and Rehabilitation Center (Parker City, Indiana)

Assisted Living Facility of the Year: Coventry Meadows Assisted Living (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Long Term Care Facility of the Year: Ashton Creek Health & Rehabilitation Center (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Associate Member of the Year: BKD, LLP

The staff at Morning Breeze Retirement & Healthcare Center in Greensburg, Indiana describe Holly Witkemper as a selfless and compassionate administrator who freely gives of her time and resources to both residents and staff. Under Holly’s leadership, the center has maintained a CMS 5-Star rating and recently received a Bronze National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the first step toward a Gold Award in the rigorous Baldrige Criteria-based program.

Two certified nursing assistants will share the title of Clinical Staff Member of the Year, Louise Bethany, a CNA from South Bend and Samatha Conner, a CNA from Knightsville. Louise has been a CNA at Cardinal Nursing and Rehabilitation for over 51 years. Her colleagues, many of whom she trained over the years, say she rarely misses a day of work and has no plans to retire. Samantha Conner’s coworkers at Cloverleaf of Knightsville nominated her for her outstanding dedication to a resident with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Samantha learned sign language to communicate with the resident who is unable to…

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