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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 2021 Senior Living Awards. We are so proud of these long-term care heroes for their relentless drive and sheer passion to enhance resident experiences despite the most challenging situations presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Holly Restemayer is the director of nursing at Mason Health and Rehabilitation. She began her career as a certified nurse assistance 34 years ago and since then has earned numerous other certifications. Holly helped lead Mason Health’s COVID-19 unit throughout 2020 and remained vigilant at the bedsides of her residents, holding their hands, calming their fears, and provided them with exemplary medical care, fighting for each precious life. Her colleagues are amazed by her dedication and attribute their community’s improvement from a 2-star to a 5-star rating to her superior leadership skills and continued passion.
Debbie Phipps is known for her dedication to the residents and her fellow staff members at Morrison Woods Health Campus, treating each individual like family. Over the past winter, Debbie’s car was blocked in by a snowstorm, but she made the 2.5-mile trek to work to “take care of her people.” Debbie is known for her devotion to residents during end of life and for bringing joy through her Secret Santa program at the campus. Debbie also founded a not-for-profit in her local community. Staff consider her a peacemaker, bringing extra comfort to the campus on a daily basis.
Barbara Lewis serves at the clinical director for senior living services and is exemplary across her numerous responsibilities, including offering CNA training to local high school students and leading all COVID-related activities for Adams Memorial Hospital. Through her CNA training program, Barbara has trained hundreds of students, which introduces new Hoosiers to careers in long-term care and provides needed support to Adams Memorial Hospital’s nursing home partners. She also teaches dementia certification courses, CPR certification classes, and wound care training, in addition to leading customer service training to help fellow staff members grow in their leadership roles.