SHN Awards Corner: Leisureworld, Erickson, Atria, & More

Stop the presses! Wait….we don’t have presses but we are starting a new feature called SHN Awards Corner. We get a number of submissions from senior living companies in a variety of fields—from design and architecture to construction to management—who have gotten national recognition for their achievements. Here’s a roundup of some of the companies who have recently been in the national spotlight.

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1. Inverness Village Receives CCRC Accreditation for Top Quality


Inverness Village, a senior living community located in the Tulsa, Okla. region, was recently awarded a five-year term of accreditation by CARF-CCAC, the nation’s only accrediting body for CCRCs. 

Organizations receiving this accreditation earn it after voluntarily going through a rigorous peer review process requiring compliance with more than 600 measures of quality, including financial indicators relating to long-term viability. Additionally, the process requires a team of CARF surveyors to conduct on-site surveys that include interviews with community leadership, staff members, and residents. 

“We are so pleased to receive official recognition of our commitment to residents—whether they’ve come for our internationally recognized wellness program, our park-like setting and resort-style services, or were drawn here by the fact that Inverness Village is Tulsa’s only non-profit community for people 55 and better offering the Life Care Advantage,” said Inverness Village Executive Director Scott Bushong in a statement.  


2. Erickson, Atria Recognized as National Top Workplaces 

Two senior living companies, Erickson Living and Atria Senior Living, have been recognized as “national top workplaces” among organizations with more than 1,000 employees by organizational health surveyor WorkplaceDynamics.

The National Top Workplaces list gathers results from the 30 Top Workplaces publishing partners in order to identify the best employers across the nation. The evaluation is based on employee feedback from more than half a million employees in over 800 companies with at least 1,000 employees.

“We are very proud to be selected as a Top Workplace, which reflects our committed to creating a work environment that promotes and cultivates Erickson Living’s service-driven culture, teamwork and professional development and opportunities,” said Julie Judge, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, in a statement. “This recognition demonstrates that by fostering an enjoyable, supportive and creative work environment that is ‘mission-driven’ and provides its staff with a full range of competitive benefits, a great company to work for can become even greater.”

Companies on the top list, due to their organizational health, often have stronger financial success, suggests WorkplaceDynamics.

“Put simply, the most successful companies appear to be the ones that employees believe in,” said Doug Claffey, CEO at WorkplaceDynamics. 

3. Leisureworld Senior Care Earns LTC & Senior Living LINK Award

Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation was named as a recipient of the LTC & Senior Living LINK Spirit of Innovation Award during the 8th Annual LINK Conference. The award recognizes companies for their innovation, drive to improve, and development of best practices, along with a commitment to the success of the long-term care industry at large.

“The goal of the Spirit of Innovation Award is to help advance business productivity, greater quality of care and foster innovation in senior living and long term care. These winners have not only developed unusually successful business initiatives but have also demonstrated a willingness to share their great ideas with others in support of this mission,” said Bailey Beeken, Vice President and Conference Director for LTC & Senior Living LINK.

4. Driver Program for Seniors Wins Two Industry Awards

Lifelong Driver, a program designed to help senior drivers maintain their lifestyle and independence, recently won The Silver Horizon Interactive and The Communicator Award of Distinction. 

The science-based program, developed by Life Long Driver, LLC in cooperation with Allen Communication Learning Services, was designed to target the leading causes of collisions for 55+ drivers. The program places users in simulations of real-life driving situations to gauge and improve their reactions and performance in real-world accidents. 

 5. KTGY Group Architectures + Planning Earns National Recognition for Successful Senior Housing Communities

KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning along with some of the nation’s top builders/developers have earned multiple Awards of Merit in the 2012 Gold Nugget Award design and planning competition.

The winning projects feature senior housing designs along with single-family detached, townhomes and multifamily developments encompassing sustainable communities, mixed-use, urban infill, transit-oriented developments, and campus housing.

The Angelus Plaza, located in Los Angeles, Calif., is an affordable for-rent senior apartment complex with 1,093 units within four high-rise residential towers and received a Gold Nugget Award of Merit in the Renovated or Restored Residential Project category. Angelus Plaza was developed by Retirement Housing Foundation, with Valley Commercial Contractors as the general contractor and KTGY as the architect/designer.

Dana Strand Apartment Homes, an affordable 100-unit senior apartment community also located in Los Angeles, received a Gold Nugget Award of Merit in the Seniors Housing Community – Age Qualified Affordable category. Dana Strand was developed by ROEM Development Corporation, built by ROEM Builders and designed by KTGY.

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