DALTON, Ga.– The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Lorraine Tilstra, administrator of Ridgewood Manor Health and Rehabilitation, with a 2015 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.
The award was presented during the awards celebration luncheon at ACHCA’s 49th Annual Convocation and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas, in April. The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach. Nationally, 257 administrators were awarded leadership awards, 30 of which were at the luncheon. Tilstra was one of 30 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award recipients recognized by over 240 peers at the luncheon. This award recognizes the administrator of record who provided leadership throughout the award year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire (Life Safety), and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also included an 80 percent or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status.
“Advancing leadership excellence is at the core of our mission,” said Marianna Grachek, president and chief executive officer of ACHCA. “There is a close relationship between facility leadership and quality outcomes – and, ultimately, between quality care and operational success.”
Founded in 1962, the ACHCA is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today's post-acute and aging services leaders. Focused on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long term care. For more information about ACHCA, visit www.achca.org.