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Good Samaritan Society–Ambassador to receive AHCA award for its community program

Lisa Foss Olson
   By Lisa Foss Olson  | August 9, 2019  |  All members

Good Samaritan Society-Ambassador in New Hope has been selected for an American Health Care Association (AHCA) award for its community program.
Each year, AHCA recognizes individuals from across the nation who care for individuals in long term and post-acute care centers. These honorees demonstrate selflessness, compassion, and strive to enhance the lives of seniors and individuals with disabilities in their communities.
Good Samaritan Society–Ambassador is the recipient of the 2019 Not for Profit Program of the Year Award—just one of only six awards presented by AHCA! The award honors a specific program that adds value to the care of individuals within a community; in this case, Good Samaritan Society–Ambassador was chosen for its “Adopt an Elder” program.

The Adopt an Elder program is an intergenerational craft-exchange activity that connects elders at a nursing home with children at a day care. On alternating weeks, the two groups have taken turns creating crafts for the other (note—this program was also the recipient of Care Providers of Minnesota’s 2018 Innovative Program of the Year Award.) The program was created by Janelle Zimmerman, Director of Social Services, to provide participating residents with a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

“We are thrilled that one of our members received national recognition for their innovative program,” commented Patti Cullen, President/CEO, Care Providers of Minnesota. “Minnesota is known for high-quality care, and this award allows us to showcase Minnesota creativity and purposeful care in front of our colleagues from across the nation.”

“The joy the Adopt an Elder program provides is contagious. It has been amazing to see this program succeed,” commented Zimmerman. “It is a tremendous honor to have this program recognized for the enjoyment it brings to the lives of the seniors who participate.” 

Janelle will be presented with the award at AHCA/NCAL’s 70th annual Convention & Exposition in Orlando on October 16, 2019.

Lisa Foss Olson  |  Director of Public Relations & Communications  |  |  952-851-2483


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