Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) proudly announce today the award recipients for the 2013 AHCA/NCAL Awards program. Each year, AHCA/NCAL recognizes the men and women who go above and beyond in caring for individuals in long term and post-acute care centers. This year’s award recipients demonstrate compassionate and selfless determination to enhance the lives of the elderly and individuals with disabilities in their communities.
The 2013 AHCA/NCAL Awards recipients are:
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Hero of the Year:
Helen Cherry, Medicalodges, Inc.; Coffeyville, KS
Not for Profit Program of the Year: Edgemoor DPSNF; Santee, CA.
Volunteer of the Year (Adult): Lorraine Oakes, Kindred Healthcare, Elizabeth City; Elizabeth City, NC
Volunteer of the Year (Group): Helensview High School, Porthaven Care Center; Portland, OR
Volunteer of the Year (Young Adult): Josh Sosebee, Life Care Center of East Ridge; East Ridge, TN
The ID/DD Hero of the Year award recognizes an individual who works or volunteers in an ICF/IID facility or HCBS Waiver Home and has shown commitment and dedication to serving people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The Not for Profit Program of the Year award highlights a specific program that adds value to the care of individuals within that community. The Volunteer of the Year program seeks to honor one young adult, one adult, and one distinct group organization that has served in a volunteer capacity for more than one year and has made a positive contribution to a facility and residents. Each award recipient will be honored at the AHCA/NCAL 64th Annual Convention & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 6-9, 2013.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.