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IHCA/INCAL’s Senior Living Award program recognizes professionals in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities across the state of Indiana for their exemplary contribution and unwavering commitment to delivering quality care. We’re pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2023 Senior Living Awards. We are so proud of these long-term care heroes for their relentless drive and sheer passion to enhance resident experiences.
Ellen Chambers has been part of the dietary department at Saint Anne Victory Noll for the past six years and has been in dining services her entire career. She has extensive knowledge about food and during her career has worked as a dining service director at many long-term care facilities and has even owned a restaurant. She is 81 years old and has an immense passion for cooking and serving delicious meals to her residents customized to meet their individual preferences. She goes above and beyond every day to make her residents feel special. From baking birthday cakes to peanut brittle and chocolate covered brownies, Ellen brings so much joy to her residents with colorful and mouthwatering dishes that she makes for them with love and care. The staff and residents at Saint Anne’s are blessed to have a caregiver like Ellen and she is an asset to the Huntington community and our profession.
Diane Sturgeon has been an integral part of the long-term care profession for 30 years, working her way as a certified nursing assistant to serving as a unit manager for the last 15 years at Springs Valley Meadows. She is also wound care certified and often shares that healing wounds and sending residents home with a smile on their face when they have finished their rehabilitation are some of the favorite parts of her job. She has dedicated her life to caring for the elderly and is very passionate about delivering exceptional care. She is also highly skilled at managing difficult end–of–life conversations and has an extraordinary ability to provide comfort to families while clearly explaining resident’s health status from a clinical perspective. Staff look up to her as their role model and are inspired by her unwavering commitment to care.
Linda Kuhn has been serving as a volunteer at Brownsburg Meadows Assisted Living for many years. She is known as the facility’s Swiss knife and is admired by all for her willingness to assist the team and does so graciously with a big smile on her face. She primarily does crafts with the residents, but also manages the front desk when needed, and can even be seen doing dishes in the kitchen. Linda exemplifies selfless service and inspires everyone around her by her tireless efforts for creating unique experiences for the residents.
Rep. Barrett is a well accomplished and recognized leader of our state and has had a remarkable career in health care. He is a retired surgeon and the current Chairman of the Public Health Committee. His unwavering commitment to championing policies that support high quality long-term care is truly commendable. During the 2023 legislative session, he served as the author of the House Enrolled Act 1461, which contained several provisions that will help our sector’s regulatory environment and address some of the workforce challenges confronting long-term care providers across the state. We are grateful for his leadership and strong support that helped the bill get passed unanimously. The impact of his efforts extends far beyond the halls of the legislature; it touches the lives of vulnerable individuals who deserve the best care and attention.