Each year we bring our team leaders to Hutchinson for an educational conference. During our winter conference, we announce those who won awards during the previous year.
Last night, we announced the winners of the 2012 awards.
*Pictured above, L to R: Dean Bloemke, President and Roman Bloemke, Director of Operations
Our first award announced was for the Resident Choice Award. This award goes to the community who achieved the highest score during our annual resident satisfaction surveys. The 2012 Resident Choice award was given to Excelsior Place Assisted Living in Baxter, Minnesota.
As their Director of Resident Services, Loree Besser, accepted the award, she gave all of the credit to her team. “This year, like many, presents each of us with challenges. All of the credit for this award goes to my team back at Excelsior Place. Without a solid foundation, you have nothing. The team that I work with is absolutely phenomenal and we couldn’t have done this without them.”
Our next award presented last night was the Great Places to Work award. This award is presented to the communities who achieve a high satisfaction level. This year’s award winner was River Pointe of Moorhead.
While accepting the award, Ron Bervig, Director of Resident Services gave credit to the team in place at River Pointe, commending them on doing a great job. “I really have to thank the staff for the wonderful job they do every day. They are what makes us successful!”
Our next award goes to communities who have reached a list of achievements and have a high level of excellence in senior living. Criteria for the award include employment best practices and employee satisfaction, resident and family satisfaction, resident and staff safety, financial performance, matching resident needs to care plans throughout a resident’s stay, and overall occupancy. Each of the performance objectives is to assure the proper and desired level of service is provided.
The 2012 Best Community Awards go to:
Orchard Hill Assisted Living – New Ulm, Minnesota.
Our final award of the night was the North Star Leadership Award. This award goes to the person who was nominated by their peers and residents who live in the community.
The 2012 North Star Leadership Award goes to Paulla Perry from Thomas Landing Senior Living, in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
Paulla was unaware that she had been nominated, so the surprise on her face was great to see when it was announced that she had won. Paulla thanked each of her peers and the resident’s back at Thomas Landing for making her job a joy to be a part of. “I’m at a loss as to what to say. I need to say thank you to everyone at Thomas Landing for being such a great team to work with. It’s because of them that it is a joy to go to work everyday.”
You continue to inspire us and others to do great work. Thank you for everything you do!