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Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – April 2019

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Natasha Hargrove, social services director at Life Care Center of Valparaiso, Indiana, befriended a resident who never had the opportunity to learn to read and write at an early age. Hargrove decided to teach the resident, and they have been meeting on Fridays...

Life Care and Century Park centers win Best of North Idaho once more

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Life Care Center of Post Falls and Life Care Center of Coeur d’Alene were recently named Best Skilled Nursing Facility, and Garden Plaza of Post Falls was named Best Independent Senior Living and Best Assisted Living Community.

The awards were presented on March 28, 2019, during the “North Idaho Business Journal” annual release party for its Best of North Idaho Awards. Readers vote on their favorites in multiple categories, including health care providers...

Beecher Hunter wins United Way volunteer award

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On May 16, 2019, Beecher Hunter, Life Care Centers of America president, received one of two William F. Johnson Sr. Community Service Awards from the United Way of the Ocoee Region.

The award was presented during the United Way’s annual banquet, held at Life Care’s Professional Development Center in Cleveland, Tennessee. The award is named after a well-known community philanthropist and United Way volunteer...

Life Care of Crossville nurse receives Alzheimer’s Tennessee award

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DeShay Gunter, a nurse at Life Care Center of Crossville, recently received one of Alzheimer’s Tennessee’s Caring Hearts Awards.

The award recognizes unsung heroes in the Upper Columbia region who go above and beyond in caring for patients with memory impairment...

Life Care Center of Tullahoma named Finest Employer

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Life Care Center of Tullahoma, Tennessee, was recently voted Tullahoma’s Finest Employer.

The local newspaper, the “Tullahoma News” holds a reader’s choice contest, Tullahoma’s Finest, every year for readers to vote on their favorites in a variety of categories. The results were released in a special publication on May 16, 2019...

Life Care of Nashoba Valley therapist wins Life Care’s rehab award

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Pamela Cole, director of rehabilitation services at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, Massachusetts, received Life Care Centers of America’s Rehab Servant Heart Award on April 29, 2019.

The honor was presented during Life Care’s annual rehab meeting, held at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee...

Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – March 2019

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Mariesha Craven, practical nurse at Life Care Center of Coos Bay, Oregon, noticed a resident was unhappy that she couldn’t get out of bed to participate in a facility bingo game. Craven let the resident borrow her personal cell phone so she could video chat with the caller during the game and not have to leave her bed...

Life Care of Stonegate associate named Dietary Manager of the Year

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On April 22, 2019, Life Care Centers of America’s Mountain States Division team presented Huma Villarruel, dietary manager at Life Care Center of Stonegate in Parker, Colorado, with its Dietary Manager of the Year Award.

Villarruel received the award during the division’s annual dietary leadership meeting in Aurora, Colorado. A team of divisional and regional dietary leaders reviewed several nominations from Life Care facilities...

Life Care Center of Morristown earns perfect score on state survey

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Life Care Center of Morristown, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, recently achieved a deficiency-free state survey.

To pass the state survey each year, nursing facilities must meet hundreds of criteria...

Life Care announces 2018 Steps Contest winners

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On Feb. 1, 2019, Life Care Centers of America announced the winners of its 2018 Step Contest.

Life Care sponsors an annual wellness program in which associates in every skilled nursing and rehab center, as well as its corporate offices and affiliated Century Park independent living...

Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – February 2019

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Tammy Hobbs-Paterson, certified nursing assistant at Garden Terrace at Overland Park, Kansas, anticipated a resident’s need. According to the resident’s husband, “I didn’t realize my wife needed some more socks and was told by Social Services when I was visiting one day..."

Life Care Center of Pensacola leader wins Facility Leadership Award

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On March 18, 2019, The American College of Health Care Administrators presented one of its 2019 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Awards to Jennifer Landis, executive director of Life Care Center of Pensacola, Florida.

The award, named in honor of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, is based on the criteria ranging from facility census to survey results...

McKnight’s names Life Care of Stonegate social worker a Rising Star

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On March 13, 2019, McKnight’s Senior Living announced the Rising Stars in its new Women of Distinction awards program.

Natalie Law, social services director at Life Care Center of Stonegate in Parker, Colorado, was one of the 21 women presented with this prestigious honor...

Life Care Center of Stonegate leader accepts leadership award

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On March 18, 2019, the American College of Health Care Administrators presented one of its 2019 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Awards to Lucas Carroll, executive director of Life Care Center of Stonegate in Parker, Colorado.

The award, named in honor of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, is based on the criteria ranging from facility census to survey results. It acknowledges administrators who have guided their organizations to a higher level of quality...

Dr. Nancy Witherspoon named Life Care’s Physician of the Year

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Dr. Nancy Witherspoon, medical director at Life Care Center of Jefferson City, Tennessee, was named Physician of the Year for Life Care Centers of America on March 7, 2019.

The honor was given during a Life Care ceremony held at the American Medical Directors Association Annual Conference in Atlanta...

Life Care Center of Hendersonville leader accepts Eli Pick award

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On March 18, 2019, The American College of Health Care Administrators presented one of its 2019 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Awards to Thomas Hager, executive director of Life Care Center of Hendersonville, North Carolina...

Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – January 2019

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Chelsee Brown, assistant director of nursing at Life Care Center of Idaho Falls, Idaho, took a special interest in a resident who had no family in the area. She took the resident home with her to share dinner with her family and also took her to her children’s wrestling matches and baseball games...

Life Care Center of Hilo nurse named Clinical Leader of the Year

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On Jan. 24, 2019, Val Nishi, director of nursing at Life Care Center of Hilo, Hawaii, was named Clinical Leader of the Year for parent company Life Care Centers of America’s Mountain States Division...

The Clinical Leader of the Year award recognizes clinical excellence in all key clinical systems, as well as professionalism, moral and ethical leadership, adaptability, communication skills and stewardship....

Local readers name Life Care Center of Plano Best Rehab Center

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On Jan. 30, 2019, Star Local Media honored the winners of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards for 2018, including Life Care Center of Plano, Texas.

Readers of the Plano Star Courier voted for the facility for Best Rehabilitation Center...

Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – December 2018

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Miste Obwoge, CNA, staff scheduler at Life Care Center of Plano, Texas, has gone above and beyond the expectations of her position. She can be found any day feeding residents and making them feel important. She knows everyone down to their clothing color preferences. Obwoge has even purchased clothing for residents...

Eastern Division presents 2018 Business Development Awards

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Life Care’s Eastern Division recently presented its Eighth Annual Business Development Awards of Excellence.

On Jan. 9, 2019, the division bestowed honors on one skilled nursing and rehab facility in each of its four regions. The awards recognize facilities for innovative programs in serving their communities.

Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners – November 2018

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Meg Larson, speech therapist at Life Care Center of Carrollton, Missouri, heard that a new resident was unable to take care of her puppy. The resident didn’t know anyone who could do the job for her, so Larson promised to take the puppy home and care for him until the resident was able to look after him again ...

Life Care Center of Scottsdale Named a Best Nursing Home for 2018-19

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Life Care Center of Scottsdale, Arizona, a skilled nursing and rehab facility, was recently named a 2018-2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Home.

“We have a team of amazing people who are dedicated to achieving the best outcomes possible for our patients, and this award exemplifies that dedication,” said Jennifer Mancebo, director of nursing at the facility...

San Luis Care Center named a Best Nursing Home for Short-Term Rehab

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San Luis Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehab facility in Alamosa, was recently named a 2018-2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Home for Short-Term Rehab.

This year, the publication changed how it lists its ratings. Centers around the country were rated in an Overall category, and those that offer short-term rehabilitation were rated in an additional category – Short-Stay Rehab...

September 2018 Whatever It Takes And Then Some winners

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Pam Hartman, licensed practical nurse at Hickory House Nursing Home in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, bought fall door decorations for every room on the wing she works on. The residents really enjoyed the extra décor and said that it brightened their hallway and their day to look at them...