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Employee Appreciation is a Game-Changer in Health Care Staffing

November 10, 2021President Nate Hamme authored a thought leadership piece for Home Care Magazine on the concept of retention-through-recognition, an extremely cost-effective addition to employee benefits packages to recruit, retain and engage employees. The article also quotes Ari Medoff, CEO of Arosa, one of Ceca’s Healthcare Partners. Read the full article.

Excerpt: “Health care organizations were already experiencing pressing labor shortages well before the pandemic… Facing this formidable challenge, homecare organizations and hospital systems are ramping up hiring, and many are throwing in special perks… Here’s the elephant in the room: Companies wouldn’t have to focus so much on hiring if they were able to minimize turnover. So why aren’t organizations talking more about retention? Why are so many throwing their hands in the air and assuming that large-scale turnover is inevitable? Perhaps it’s because health care industry insiders tend to look down on a powerful tool at their disposal: Recognition.”

Healthcare Employees Could Hold the Key to a Revealing New Data Set

September 6, 2021Co-Founder and Executive Chair Matthew Lawlor authored a thought leadership piece for Modern Healthcare on tapping into a rarely used perspective from employees that Ceca has deemed the cNPS or “caregiver Net Promoter Score” as a proxy for patient satisfaction and quality of care assessment, which can be used to help document, measure and set strategic goals. Read the full article.

Excerpt: “Employees are more keenly interested in the viability and reputation of their healthcare facilities than most patients. Plus, they know more than patients because they have daily, long-term, behind-the-curtain perspectives. In other words, when someone who knows how the sausage is made recommends the sausage or does not, it just means more… I firmly believe those healthcare leaders who seek employee insights through tools like the cNPS will be able to guide their organizations more strategically and sensibly to improved safety, better patient outcomes and overall excellence.”

Immigrants and America’s Healthcare Labor Shortage

August 30, 2021President Nate Hamme authored a guest column for McKnight’s Senior Living News on the importance of immigrant caregivers in our American healthcare system, and stressed how important it is to recognize their contributions and to have meaningful immigration policy, especially with the labor shortage the industry is facing. Read the full article.

Excerpt: “Fortunately, there’s a renewed enthusiasm to help bring talented and driven immigrants and other qualified healthcare workers to our hospitals, skilled nursing and other long-term care communities… It is not surprising that a study by Leah Zallman in Health Affairs uncovered that 28% of the direct-care workforce and 31% of home health aides are born outside the United States. Noncitizen immigrants make up 5% of the U.S. population but account for 11% of home-healthcare workers and an astonishing 26% of direct-care workers.”

Matt Lawlor Honored as "Top 100 Healthcare Leaders"

July 22, 2021Co-Founder Matthew P. Lawlor was honored with the “Top 100 Healthcare Leaders” Award from IFAH — International Forum On Advancements In Healthcare for his exceptional contributions to the healthcare industry. Read the press release.

Excerpt: “His impactful projects over the years and his dedication to serving the healthcare sector led to his nomination and his selection for the prestigious honor… When asked about his company’s future goals, initiatives, and motivations, he commented, ‘We are doing something different [beyond our cash awards]. Our team helps healthcare communities with support services, software, and the cultivation of best practices in patient care. We each get personal satisfaction out of our work and vision to give back.'”

Ceca Award Recipient Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Caring for Seniors

June 10, 2021 — CBS WUSA 9 in Washington, DC highlighted Ceca Award recipient, Patricia Murray, from our healthcare partner Ascension Living Carroll Manor. Patricia recently celebrated her 25th work anniversary, where she has dedicated her life to making it a happy home for the senior residents who live there. She also received a special message from Sister Carol Keehan (named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by TIME Magazine) who was instrumental in pulling Patricia from being homeless on the streets to a place where she has positively impacted so many other lives. See more or watch the video.

National Award Spotlights Overlooked, Yet Critical, Caregivers

May 18, 2021 — ABC 2 WMAR in Baltimore, MD highlighted national Annual Ceca Award recipient, Margo Buda, from our healthcare partner Knollwood Life Plan Community. As Clinical Director, Margo’s last year has been defined by her leadership in running the on-site COVID-19 testing center and keeping residents and staff safe. The story also featured our co-founders, Matthew and Rosemary Lawlor, giving some background on the impact the Ceca Award has on caregivers. See more or watch the video.

Goodwin House Featured in the Washington Post

September 20, 2021 — The Washington Post published a story about Ceca Partner Goodwin House, a senior Life Plan community, focused on what a group of residents did for several of the caregivers at the community that were on a path to becoming American citizens. Read the full piece.

Excerpt: “One of every four workers in long-term care facilities are immigrants. They are about 17 percent of the nation’s entire medical workforce… And even more are needed, especially as we plunge deeper into the pandemic and the health care workforce becomes more strained…So they decided to help in the best way they could, with one resident, Rita Siebenaler, leading an effort that turned nearly 90 employees of the Goodwin Houses in Baileys Crossroads and in Alexandria into nearly 90 new American citizens.”

Showing Appreciation for Healthcare Workers is Ceca's Mission

June 2021 — Falls Church News-Press interviewed President, Nate Hamme, to discuss how Ceca’s recognition programs make a difference in healthcare settings and the direct impact it has on patient experience and employee engagement. Read the full piece.

Excerpt: “As the Covid-19 pandemic places an increased strain on healthcare professionals and caregivers, the recognition of their work is more important than ever. The burnout and turnover of those in this field is high at present, and for understandable reasons… ‘There is no such thing as too much recognition for people who do the right thing,’ said Hamme.”

Nate Hamme Interviewed by HomeCare

May 4, 2021 — HomeCare Magazine recently sat down with Ceca President, Nate Hamme, to discuss the benefits of employee recognition in all healthcare settings. Read the full piece.

Excerpt: “As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues to put a strain on the health care ecosystem—from caring for the sick to coordinating vaccine distribution—health care workers across the continuum of care have shined. But when a caregiver goes above and beyond, it’s important to recognize their efforts in tangible ways. There’s a nonprofit that can help with that—awarding cash to caregivers in recognition of their efforts.”

Ceca Foundation Announces Annual Caregiver Award Honorees

Nursing and Hospital Caregivers Recognized with the Ceca Award

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, DC, February 25, 2021 — In a year like no other, when healthcare workers across the country made truly heroic personal sacrifices to contain Covid-19, Ceca Foundation is especially pleased to honor the following extraordinary health caregivers with its 2020 Annual Ceca Awards:​

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  • Melissa Amburn is a Receptionist at Providence Place in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, a senior living facility offering independent living, personal and memory care. Melissa was recognized for her kindness, positivity, and her bright, engaging demeanor. One standout act of care was the surprise going away breakfast she organized for a resident. On her own time, she created invitations, organized the meal, and bought a memory book for all the resident’s friends to write in. She then offered to help the resident shovel snow and run errands after she returned home. A family member of the same resident told stories about how Melissa was always running to help her mother – to find the off button when her music is too loud, remove wrappers from a package, or help find her phone when it was buried. The resident calls Melissa “Happy Feet” for always taking the time to run to the rescue and help out.
  • Margo Buda is the Clinical Director at Knollwood Life Plan Community in Washington, DC, a community serving military officers and government officials and their families. Margo was honored for her exceptional leadership, initiative, judgment and determination to protect residents during the Covid pandemic. Margo’s focus on Covid testing led her to establish the timely Knollwood Abbott Rapid-Now Covid Testing Laboratory. As laboratory manager, Margo established procedures for completing on-site rapid Covid testing. She oversaw 7,000 tests and served tirelessly to educate and inform staff and residents on how to protect themselves from contracting the virus. While Covid infection rates in the D.C. region were skyrocketing, her effective leadership and discipline resulted in more than 150 days in mid-2020 with zero occurrences of new Covid cases in the entire community, a truly magnificent performance.

Each of the Annual Ceca Award Honorees receives a monetary award of $2,500 and a commemorative trophy, and all are celebrated by their fellow staff members, patients, families, and the Ceca team at their respective care communities.

Ceca Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, partners with healthcare communities to recognize their outstanding caregivers and improve quality of care. Ceca uses proven recognition techniques and innovative technology to celebrate high-touch acts of care – providing the propriety software and managing its partners’ recognition program, while underwriting monetary awards for caregivers.

To build teamwork, all staff are considered caregivers, both clinical and non-clinical, and nominations across departments is common. Caregivers are nominated by their peers, patients, residents and families throughout the year, who cite the nominee’s exemplary caregiver values demonstrated and the exceptional acts of care. Selections are made monthly or quarterly by an independent selection panel, and caregivers are honored publicly. To date, Ceca has recognized over 25,000 acts of care since the program launched in 2014, of which nearly 800 caregivers were selected as Ceca Award recipients.

Additionally, each year the Foundation seeks to recognize the “best of the best” with its highest award. Annual Ceca Award Honorees and Finalists are selected by Ceca’s Board from the pool of Award winners over the prior year from throughout Ceca’s network of healthcare partners.

Last year, 2,500 caregivers were nominated and 225 were selected for the Ceca Award in their facilities. From this elite group, the above mentioned honorees received the Annual Ceca Award, and nine additional finalists were also honored:

  • Derek Campbell, Executive Chef at Goodwin House in Alexandria, VA
  • Emelia Jocelin-Sainvil, CNA at ManorCare West Reading in PA
  • Jacqueline Ndiaye, CNA at Genesis Perring Parkway in Parkville, MD
  • Amanda Partlow, Nurse Manager at Birmingham Green in Manassas, VA
  • Suann Stevens, Dietary Department at Laurel Lakes Rehab and Wellness in Chambersburg, PA
  • Rebecca Surface, Home Health Aide at West Virginia Caring in Morgantown, WV
  • Carol Wade, RN at Doctors Community Rehab and Patient Care Center in Lanham, MD
  • Angela Wheeler, Nurse at Luminus Health Doctors Community Medical Center in Lanham, MD
  • Michelle Yanniello, Clinical Coordinator at Psychiatric Institute of Washington in DC

“Each of these individuals is a shining example of the spirit of caring that takes place in our nation’s healthcare communities every day,” said Nate Hamme, President of Ceca Foundation. “Some caregiver acts have been truly heroic, particularly during this pandemic, but the simple act of connecting with patients, residents, and their families has become even more meaningful during this time. If there was ever a time to show our appreciation to caregivers, it is now.”

About Ceca Foundation

Ceca Foundation (derived from “Celebrating caregivers”) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Washington, DC, which partners with hospitals, skilled nursing, aging care and other healthcare communities to recognize their exceptional caregivers and ultimately seeks to improve the patient experience. Founded by Matthew and Rosemary Lawlor, Ceca provides a highly affordable, turnkey recognition solution tailored to healthcare providers, using its innovative software, support services, network and cash awards. Since its launch in 2014, Ceca has publicly recognized over 25,000 acts of care and nearly 800 caregivers have received monetary Ceca Awards. For more information, watch a brief introductory video and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Media Contacts:

Michelle Stewart, Director of Marketing, 202-719-8042, mstewart@cecafoundation.org

Lori Stewart, Senior Advisor, 202-258-8793, lstewart@cecafoundation.org

Matt Lawlor of Ceca Foundation on the Eric Stewart Radio Show

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Ceca Foundation Announces Healthcare Partnership with Arosa

Extending Innovative Caregiver Recognition to In-Home Care Communities

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, DC, February 2, 2021 — Ceca Foundation (Ceca), established in 2013 to celebrate caregiver excellence, is launching the Ceca Award with Arosa, a leading provider of senior care management and in-home healthcare, and the first organization of its kind to partner with Ceca.

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Backed by Bain Capital Double Impact, Arosa currently operates through locations in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas providing innovative models of care through its 2,000 home healthcare workers. Arosa prides itself on its wholistic approach to its cared-for community, focusing on each individual’s overall needs above and beyond just physical and functional needs.

“Arosa’s mission is to be the best employer to the best care professionals and to create new, better models of care to reach more clients and families,” said Ari Medoff, Arosa’s Chief Executive Officer. “The Ceca Award will help us recognize caregiver excellence and create new standards of care in the fast-growing in-home care industry, while maintaining our focus on professionalizing direct care jobs and celebrating the meaningful work of caregivers.”

“As the population ages and incidences of chronic disease continue to rise, we’re seeing more caregivers engaged in the home healthcare industry,” Matthew Lawlor, Executive Chair of Ceca Foundation, commented. “More healthcare communities now embrace technology and online communications, and Ceca’s peer-to-peer model is well-positioned to reach healthcare communities whose staffs are more decentralized.”

Many in-home care providers are seeking new ways to connect with their otherwise isolated employees, especially as physical distancing has become a priority during COVID and there has been increased demand for in-home care services. Ceca’s model of caregiver recognition and its proprietary software provides the tools and support healthcare communities need to foster a collaborative environment, despite the distance. Additionally, with proven results of increased employee engagement, decreased turnover, and improved quality of care, the Ceca Award is a natural fit for these providers.

“The addition of Arosa to the growing list of Ceca healthcare partners allows us to introduce the Ceca Award to an additional 2,000 care providers in eight new states. This is a unique opportunity for both Ceca and the broader to community to thank the growing market of at-home caregivers. We look forward to working with Arosa to celebrate their team members and honor their contributions to improving patient care in the home,” added Nate Hamme, President of Ceca Foundation.

Since the launch of the Ceca Award program, more than 25,000 acts of care have been recognized by peers, residents, patients, and families to honor those healthcare workers for caregiving excellence. Over 750 recipients have been selected for the Ceca Award. In cooperation with its healthcare facility partners, Ceca operates the program and underwrites most costs for its innovative software and cash awards. It has now partnered with around four dozen hospitals, skilled nursing, hospice, mental health facilities and at-home care providers across the nation.

About Ceca Foundation

Ceca Foundation (derived from “Celebrating caregivers”) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Washington, DC, which partners with hospitals, skilled nursing, aging care and other healthcare communities to recognize their exceptional caregivers. Founded by Matthew and Rosemary Lawlor, Ceca seeks to improve the patient experience by publicly recognizing caregivers through its innovative technology platforms (including its software and CecaTV network), support services, and monetary awards—totaling nearly $300,000 to date. For more information, watch a brief introductory video and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

About Arosa

Arosa is the nation’s largest provider of integrated care management and home care services. Our compassionate care professionals are supported and celebrated as they care for our clients and provide peace of mind for the whole family. Please visit our website for more information or to find an office location near you and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Media Contacts:

Michelle Stewart, Director of Marketing, 202-719-8042, mstewart@cecafoundation.org

Tim Harnew, Senior Marketing Specialist, 980-242-3878, timothy.harnew@arosacare.com

Military-Style Response at One Retirement Community Stymies COVID-19

October 8, 2020US News and World Report covered Ceca’s first partner, Knollwood Military Life Plan Community. Read the full story.

Excerpt: “Everything changed six days before Easter, on April 6. That day, the District of Columbia Medical Examiner’s office called to notify community officials that a Knollwood hospice resident who had recently died, a woman in her 90s, had tested positive for COVID-19. The deadly new virus had penetrated Knollwood. Leaders quickly launched a military-style response to ramp up testing of residents and staff. ‘It was chaotic,’ says Col. Paul Bricker, a retired Army helicopter pilot and Knollwood’s chief operating officer who commanded the effort. ‘It reminded me very much of being in Afghanistan in a firebase under attack. I almost started wearing camouflage to work.’ Bricker’s wartime aviation experience – he served in Afghanistan and Iraq – informed his efforts.”

National Honor Goes to HMH’s Premier Caregiver

July 23, 2020The News-Enterprise covered the Special Award Celebration for Sharon Wright from Hardin Memorial Health. Read the full story.

Excerpt: “During the pandemic, Wright accepted the additional role of incident commander of the hospital’s COVID-19 Response Team. She was charged to assemble clinical leaders to determine the hospital’s response, including design­ing the structure of the response and appointing leaders to numerous roles. She communicates activities with Baptist Health’s incident command structure and reviews and disseminates all updated state and national guidelines for patient care and staff protection, regulatory requirements and financial resources to aid the organization. She also closely works with the Lincoln Trail Dis­trict Health De­part­ment to discuss preparedness, implement restrictions by the state and secure personal protective equipment. She helps communicate with health care providers in the community to best manage COVID-19 cases.”

McKnight's Long-Term Care News Picks Up Ceca Special Awards

July 2, 2020 – McKnight’s Long-Term Care News recently published an article regarding the 40 Special Award Honorees that received Ceca Awards for their heroic service during COVID-19 titled “A dozen frontline workers honored for ‘extraordinary service’ during pandemic.”

Excerpt from article: “A dozen direct caregivers at nursing homes, senior living and various long-term care facilities were honored for their ‘exceptional acts of care’ during the pandemic. The Ceca Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Washington D.C. that honors caregivers, on Thursday announced the third round of its ‘Special Award’ recipients. The award highlights the ‘extraordinary service’ by healthcare workers during the pandemic. In all, 40 healthcare workers have been honored through the program since April.”

 

Ceca Foundation Announces a Third Round of Special Award Honorees

Celebrating the Extraordinary Service of Healthcare Workers During the Time of COVID

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, DC, July 1, 2020 — Ceca Foundation is pleased to honor 12 additional health caregivers with the Special Award Ceca introduced in April, at the height of the pandemic. The Special Awards were designed specifically to recognize exceptional acts of care by healthcare workers on the frontlines and behind the scenes, who are working tirelessly every day to protect our most vulnerable populations from COVID-19. Ceca previously recognized 11 caregivers in April and 17 in May. This round of Special Awards brings the total to 40 extraordinary healthcare workers honored through Ceca’s unique initiative.

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“Every employee throughout our network of hospitals, skilled nursing, and integrated care communities has stepped-up in meaningful ways to support those they care for,” said Nate Hamme, President of Ceca Foundation. “These individuals represent hundreds of dedicated and compassionate healthcare workers at each of their communities. Each person we honor today has been nominated by a peer, manager, leadership team member or a patient, resident, or family member. Their stories illustrate what exceptional caregiving looks like.” 

The following caregivers are being honored with Ceca’s third round of Special Awards:

Washington, DC

  • Sulaiman Bangura, RN Case Manager, Capital Caring Health, Washington, DC, for returning to a family’s home after hours upon hearing his patient had passed away. He sensed the family needed a trusted and familiar face and wanted to be there to support them in their grieving.
  • Steve Roy McLean, Porter, Army Distaff Center at Knollwood, Washington, DC, for working double shifts during the most intense period of the pandemic, when so many workers were calling-out from sickness or fear. Steve worked tirelessly and with great humor to support residents and staff, cleaning and disinfecting areas to ensure they had a clean, safe environment, assisting the engineering team and leading the EVS prayer circle after the loss of a teammate.

Maryland

  • Towanda Evans, Activities Director, Doctors Community Rehabilitation and Patient Care Center, Lanham, MD, for her heartfelt interactions with residents and staff, and for conducting the kinds of activities that make patients and their families happy.
  • Augustina Jarrett, Clinical Supervisor, Doctors Community Hospital, Lanham, MD, for being steadfast and reassuring laboratory staff who were processing significant quantities of samples each day. She provided up-to-date information on evolving pandemic procedures and the latest requirements so samples could be processed and tested efficiently.

Pennsylvania

  • Mary Donna Chehovich, Connections Activities Associate, Providence Place Senior Living of Drums, PA, for her exceptional humor and caring. She recently wore a funny costume to lift everyone’s spirits and always takes time to say a prayer or do something special with anyone who needs it. She makes everyone, residents and coworkers alike, feel like family.
  • Emily Lang, Receptionist, Providence Place Senior Living of Chambersburg, PA, for creating a photo booth to take pictures of residents with their Mother’s Day flowers and gifts to share with their families. She created a wonderful memory for many during this difficult time of separation from their loved ones.
  • Virginia Mill, Resident Life III/Medical Technician, Providence Place Senior Living of Pottsville, PA, for making Mother’s Day special for residents by taking professional photos of all the ladies for a Mother’s Day craft project and made them all feel like movie stars. She has brought sunshine to the community during this dark time.
  • Anthony Patterson, Resident Life Associate II, Providence Place Senior Living of Pottsville, PA, for the personal care he gave to a patient and her family. The daughter of an ailing resident nearing her end was upset when it was time to go home and was kneeling by her mom’s bed. Anthony kneeled down next to her, consoled her and told her not to worry because he would look after her mother’s needs after she left. The daughter needed a friend just then and was so thankful for Anthony’s presence and comforting words.
  • Sue Thompson, Housekeeping Resident Life Associate, Providence Place Senior Living of Chambersburg, PA, for finding a great way for residents and family to connect. She created a distanced “hug” for a resident by using ribbon to measure his arm width and then attached the ribbon to two paper hands, on which she wrote inspirational messages. She gave this to his wife so she could wrap the ribbon around herself and have a “hug” from her husband, which made them both feel closer during necessary distancing practices.
  • Kelly Elkins, Evening Nurse Supervisor at Genesis Gettysburg Center, Gettysburg, PA, who placed big, bold room numbers on each resident’s window, so family members could more easily locate their loved one for an outside window visit. Her empathy for families who have been so removed from their loved ones has made a big impact and uplifted the residents during a difficult period of isolation.

Virginia

  • Henrietta Acquah-Akoto, Nurse Supervisor, Goodwin House, Alexandria, VA, for her diligence, professionalism, collaborative skills, and accountability on a number of occasions. She checked temperatures in the lobby to expedite caregiver entry and worked through Omnicare policy restrictions to make sure a patient, whose fever had spiked, got a full prescription of antibiotics filled over a weekend. Additionally, she made sure a patient’s lab test was sent out properly and timely, despite restrictions on lab pickup during the COVID crisis. She was able to work through changing regulations put in place during the pandemic in order to provide the great care patients deserve, despite any obstacles.
  • Julia Ojo-Adebayo, Receptionist, Birmingham Green, Manassas, VA, for her teamwork, flexibility, and commitment to the mission at Birmingham Green through actions like working two double shifts in a row over Memorial Day weekend, sacrificing personal time in order to help her fellow caregivers and ensure patients’ needs were being met.

Each of these Honorees are celebrated by their fellow staff members, patients, families, and the Ceca team at their respective healthcare communities, in addition to receiving a monetary award of $250.

Matthew Lawlor, Founder and Executive Chair, further stated, “We are proud to highlight another amazing group of caregivers, who have embraced our current challenges and are doing more than ever to keep their communities safe and engaged.”

Ceca, established in 2013 to celebrate caregiver excellence and promote quality patient care, introduced these Special Awards specifically to honor frontline workers and support staff–all defined as caregivers–in the fight against COVID-19 within healthcare communities. The Lawlor family increased its funding and invited outside donors to help underwrite the Special Awards.

Added Hamme, “We share our partner communities’ passion for providing exceptional care and hope that these additional awards shine a light on the sacrifices healthcare workers make each and every day caring for our loved ones. We owe them all a debt of gratitude.”

About Ceca Foundation

Ceca Foundation (derived from “Celebrating caregivers”) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Washington, DC, which partners with hospitals, nursing, aging care and other healthcare communities to recognize their exceptional caregivers. Founded by Matthew and Rosemary Lawlor, Ceca seeks to improve the patient experience by publicly recognizing caregivers through its innovative technology platforms (including its software and CecaTV network), support services, and monetary awards—totaling more than $250,000 to date. For more information, watch a brief introductory video and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Media Contacts:

Michelle Sims, Director of Marketing, 202-719-8042, msims@cecafoundation.org

Lori Stewart, Senior Advisor, 202-258-8793, lstewart@cecafoundation.org

Operating Contact:

Nathan Hamme, Chief Operating Officer, 202-719-8042, nhamme@cecafoundation.org

17 Healthcare Workers Honored by Ceca Foundation

Recognizing the Extraordinary Service of Frontline Caregivers Fighting Coronavirus

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, DC, May 29, 2020 — Ceca Foundation is pleased to honor 17 exceptional healthcare workers with a Special Award introduced last month by the organization. The ongoing series of Special Awards are designed to recognize acts of care on the frontlines and behind the scenes during the COVID-19 pandemic. These 17 individuals join the other caregivers that were previously honored, bringing the total to 28 awards.

“Every employee throughout our network of hospitals, skilled nursing, and integrated care communities has stepped-up in meaningful ways to protect patients, senior residents, and one another from the devastating effects of coronavirus,” said Nate Hamme, President of Ceca Foundation.

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“These essential workers are jeopardizing their own health and personal lives on a daily basis—and while all of these employees deserve our thanks, we are pleased to highlight these 17 in particular with our Special Award.”

The following caregivers are being honored with the second round of Special Awards:

Washington, D.C.

  • Cheryl Lucas, Assistant Director of Nursing, Army Distaff Center at Knollwood, Washington, DC, for perseverance in serving as the front-line infection control nurse, testing hundreds of residents, providing updated information, comforting family members, and communicating hope during this pandemic.
  • Arlette Kesseng A Mbassa, Director of Nursing, Army Distaff Center at Knollwood, Washington, DC, for her dedication, sacrifice, commitment, and leadership providing front-line nursing care during this pandemic. There are no self-distancing, work-from-home, or telehealth options for nurses, and Arlette comforts the fearful, swabs for samples, guards the PPE, responds to daily DOH requests, and constantly educates and advocates for her team.
  • Portia Richardson, Medical Records Director, Stoddard Baptist Global Care, Washington, DC, for her attention to detail in working with regulatory bodies, for organizing and promoting facility events that bring peace to the community, and for her warmth in managing relationships with physicians and funeral homes.
  • Steven Skobel, Nurse Practitioner, Capital Caring, Washington, DC, for serving as liaison between the medical team attending to a father, who was intubated for 30 days, and his family, while communicating with skill, dedication, and compassion.
  • Georgiana Walker, LPN at Inspire Rehabilitation and Health Center, Washington, DC, who was recognized by a family member for demonstrating patience, respect, efficiency, timeliness and, above all, love in caring for their mother. Her calm and compassionate professionalism make resident stays peaceful and joyful.

Maryland

  • Noely Diaz de Leon, Clerk at Genesis Healthcare Franklin Woods, Baltimore, MD, for diligently maintaining scheduled appointments, coordinating transportation, and championing TeleHealth visits with kindness, patience, and respect for both residents and family members.
  • Everly Osborne, Critical Care Technician, Doctors Community Hospital, Lanham, MD, for her work above and beyond her job responsibilities in the ICU intubating, prone ventilating, and caring for additional patients, even mopping and cleaning floors to ensure safety and security in critical COVID care rooms.

Pennsylvania

  • Kayla Ramsey, Resident Life Associate, Providence Place Senior Living, Chambersburg, PA, for leaving artistic, creative, though-provoking and informative messages on a whiteboard sign residents and staff use to interact with one another, providing joy and an uplifting way to start the day.
  • Ralph Chatman, Floor Care Technician, Old Orchard Health Care Center, Easton, PA, for his extraordinary efforts during required moves to accommodate affected patients entering the facility. His efficiency in cleaning, moving belongings, and ensuring the safety of resident environments during an unsettling time made a tremendous difference.
  • Kendra Dixon, Resident Life Associate, Connections Unit, Providence Place Senior Living, Pottsville, PA, for helping a patient on Hospice care FaceTime his wife so she could share some special moments during a particularly good day he was having. This became a special memory for the wife as her husband passed away shortly after, but she was able to “be by his side” in his last days.
  • Emelia Jocelin-Sainvil, Nurse Aide, ManorCare Health Services, West Reading, PA, for taking time to provide language interpretation services, and for preparing and delivering cultural foods to residents that brought warmth and comfort to them during uncertain times.
  • Aubrey Marrow, Resident Life Associate, Providence Place Senior Living, Drums, PA, for his enthusiasm and fun-loving spirit, sharing his passion for dance and his extraordinary devotion to COVID residents, as evidenced by his prepping a COVID survivor for her 101st birthday.
  • Michael Tourangeau, Dietary Manager, Laurel Lakes Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, Chambersburg, PA, for initiating and implementing an employee meal plan during this crisis, which allowed all staff to be nourished and to ensure safety by minimizing contact with potential infection vectors.
  • Patricia Weaver, RN Unit Manager, Transitions Healthcare, Gettysburg, PA, for her dedication and efficiency as infection preventionist during the COVID pandemic by distributing masks to all employees, keeping staff updated with current information, lending a listening ear to anxieties and concerns, and ensuring all proper precautions are followed.
  • Amy Ziolko-Yencho, Night Shift Supervisor at Providence Place Senior Living, Drums, PA, for the manner in which she calms residents with voice or touch, the way she listens to residents and anticipates their needs (even those of their pets), and the way she makes everyone feel like family with her homemade meals.

Virginia

  • Edna Berantuo, Nurse, Goodwin House, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA, for providing moments of joy to residents and their families during this pandemic, such as helping a resident set up video conferencing accounts on his new device and teaching him how to set up virtual visits with his family.

West Virginia

  • Carrie Buzzo, Clinical Supervisor at West Virginia Caring, Arthurdale, WV, for her calm demeanor in empathizing with patients and families, ensuring supplies and medications are stocked and ready, and for spending extra time educating staff and residents on the signs, symptoms, and precautions necessary during the pandemic.

Each of these Honorees receives a monetary award of $250, and all are celebrated by their fellow staff members, patients, families, and the Ceca team at their respective healthcare communities during a public and virtual Award presentation over video conference.

Matthew Lawlor, Founder and Executive Chair, further stated, “If there was ever a time to show our appreciation to caregivers, it is now. These are very extraordinary people, and these are extraordinary times.”

Ceca, established in 2013 to celebrate caregiver excellence and promote quality patient care, introduced these Special Awards specifically to honor frontline workers and support staff – all defined as caregivers – in the fight against COVID-19 within healthcare communities. The Lawlor family increased its funding and invited outside donors to help underwrite the Special Awards.

About Ceca Foundation

Ceca Foundation (derived from “Celebrating caregivers”) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Washington, DC, which partners with hospitals, nursing, aging care and other healthcare communities to recognize their exceptional caregivers. Founded by Matthew and Rosemary Lawlor, Ceca seeks to improve the patient experience by publicly recognizing caregivers through its innovative technology platforms (including its software and CecaTV network), support services, and monetary awards—totaling more than $250,000 to date. For more information, watch a brief introductory video and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Media Contacts:

Michelle Sims, Director of Marketing, 202-719-8042, msims@cecafoundation.org

Lori Stewart, Senior Advisor, 202-258-8793, lstewart@cecafoundation.org

Operating Contact:

Nathan Hamme, Chief Operating Officer, 202-719-8042, nhamme@cecafoundation.org

Health Organizations That Simplify and Reward Good Care

May 8, 2020 — President Nate Hamme was interviewed for Ideas by We recently. An excerpt is below, and read the full piece online.

Excerpt from Ideas by We: “Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Ceca Foundation has been advocating for caregivers since 2013—and its work has become even more vital as these professionals have come into the spotlight during this pandemic. Ceca (an abbreviation of “celebrating caregivers”) coordinates with healthcare facilities and families of patients across the Northeast to recognize outstanding caregivers, awarding honorees with a public award presentation and monetary prizes throughout the year. The organization is a member at WeWork Universal North in D.C. and has space through WeWork for Good, an initiative that contributes office space to eligible organizations working to fight the coronavirus.”

Ceca Foundation Announces Special Award Honorees

Recognizing the Extraordinary Service of Frontline Healthcare Workers Fighting Coronavirus

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WASHINGTON, DC, May 4, 2020 – Ceca Foundation is pleased to honor 11 exceptional health caregivers with its new Special Award. The Special Awards are designed specifically to recognize exceptional acts of care from those healthcare workers on the frontlines and behind the scenes, who are working tirelessly every day to protect our most vulnerable populations from the coronavirus.

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“Every employee throughout our network of hospitals, skilled nursing, and integrated care communities has stepped-up to protect patients, senior residents, and each other from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Nate Hamme, President of Ceca Foundation. “From receptionists who are screening everyone coming through the door, supply chain workers who are procuring protective gear and equipment, staff who are making facemasks to share, IT workers who are connecting the elderly to their families though video, to the medical staff who are jeopardizing their own health and private lives to care for those who need special protection and care–all of these employees deserve our thanks. We are pleased to honor them with our Special Award.”

The following caregivers are being honored with the first round of Special Awards:

  • Talisha Arneaud, Admissions Director at Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home in Washington, DC, volunteered to sit on the front lines and take the temperature of everyone entering the building to protect residents and staff from transported illness.
  • Rachael Beadle, Receptionist at Genesis Glade Valley in Walkersville, MD, has assumed the additional responsibility for screening visitors and vendors, and putting people at ease with her calm demeanor and simple explanations of procedures.
  • Jennifer Bennett, Events Communications Coordinator at Goodwin House in Alexandria, VA, has been helping staff and residents navigate technical issues while streaming information and activities to residents’ apartments—keeping them engaged, connected, entertained and informed during these difficult times.
  • Dawn Crothers, a Registered Nurse at Psychiatric Institute of Washington in Washington, DC, sewed washable, reversible facemasks with fun and unique designs for staff, so everyone would be protected.
  • Ayo Clementine Grant, Certified Nursing Assistant at Army Distaff Center at Knollwood in Washington, DC, has been thrust into the role of gatekeeper and coronavirus screener, often waiting in the cold to check visitors for symptoms before they enter her LifeSpan community, in addition to enforcing protocols for the safety of all residents and staff.
  • Shane Grinder, Admissions Director at Genesis Gettysburg Center in Gettysburg, PA, has been putting together meals, treats and goodie bags to make all of her staff feel greatly appreciated during these difficult times.
  • Carla Nieves, Business Office Manager at Genesis Franklin Woods Center in Baltimore, MD, has been making sure that the front desk is staffed 24/7 and ensures everyone working the front desk is well educated about new COVID-19 changes in policies and procedures surrounding screening and visitation.
  • Bob Royer, Board Member at Army Distaff Center at Knollwood in Washington, DC, anticipated a PPE shortage very early on in the crisis and stopped at a medical supply store to procure masks, goggles, and other protective equipment for the caregivers at Knollwood.
  • Mary Ann Terway, a Resident Life Associate (CNA) at Providence Place in Pottsville, PA, has made over 100 masks and washable gowns for co-workers, who are interacting with patients and residents. She also pampers her residents with special foods and toiletries to make them look and feel their best during these distressing times.
  • Lisa Wallace, Corporate Director of Supply Chain at Goodwin House in Alexandria, VA, anticipated that PPE would be harder to get for long-term care facilities and went well beyond her normal role to plan and coordinate the funding, procurement, and distribution of over 1.3 million face masks for staff at Goodwin House and over 50 other long-term care organizations in the area dedicated to serving the needs of aging adults and people with disabilities.
  • Lucille Williams, a Patient Care Technician at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, MD, used compassion and humor in treating a potential COVID-19 patient, reassuring them and allowing them to relax during a very scary time.

Each of these Honorees receives a monetary award of $250, and all are celebrated by their fellow staff members, patients, families, and the Ceca team at their respective healthcare communities.

Matthew Lawlor, Founder and Executive Chair, further stated, “If there was ever a time to show our appreciation to caregivers, it is now. These are very extraordinary people, and these are extraordinary times.”

Ceca Foundation, established in 2013 to celebrate caregiver excellence and promote quality patient care, introduced these Special Awards to honor frontline workers and support staff – all defined as caregivers – in the fight against COVID-19 within healthcare communities. The Lawlor family increased its funding and invited outside donors to help underwrite the new series of Special Awards that go beyond the regular Ceca Awards giving regularly within partner facilities.

Added Hamme, “While we are honoring caregivers with these supplemental awards, it’s also an opportunity for all of us in the community to salute those who are fighting the coronavirus. The Special Awards provide a small, but sorely needed, financial boost to our Honorees. At the same time, they offer a vehicle for all of us to express a very loud, collective ‘thank you!’”

About Ceca Foundation

Ceca Foundation (derived from “Celebrating caregivers”) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Washington, DC, which partners with hospitals, nursing, aging care and other healthcare communities to recognize their exceptional caregivers. Founded by Matthew and Rosemary Lawlor, Ceca seeks to improve the patient experience by publicly recognizing caregivers through its innovative technology platforms (including its software and CecaTV network), support services, and monetary awards. For more information, watch a brief video and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. To schedule an interview with one of our award recipients, contact Michelle Sims.

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Media Contacts:

Michelle Sims, Director of Marketing, 202-719-8042, msims@cecafoundation.org

Lori Stewart, Senior Advisor, 202-258-8793, lstewart@cecafoundation.org

Operating Contact:

Nathan Hamme, Chief Operating Officer, 202-719-8042, nhamme@cecafoundation.org

Ceca Foundation Steps Up Efforts to Honor Frontline Healthcare Workers Fighting Coronavirus

Supplements Ongoing Caregiver Awards to Recognize Extraordinary Service

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NOTE: This also appeared in Digital Journal, which included additional Q&A at the end of the release.

WASHINGTON, DC, March 30, 2020 – The COVID-19 virus is now running its course in the U.S., putting incredible pressure on patients and residents in the nation’s hospitals and long-term care communities. Healthcare workers are making truly heroic personal sacrifices that jeopardize their own health and private lives, working incredibly long hours to contain the virus and care for and comfort those who are directly impacted.

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“If there was ever a time to show our appreciation to caregivers, it is now,” said Nathan Hamme, President of Ceca Foundation. Ceca, established in 2013 to celebrate caregiver excellence and promote quality patient care, is introducing a new series of Special Awards, stepping up its efforts to honor frontline workers and support staff – all defined as caregivers – in the fight against COVID-19.

Ceca partners with 50 hospitals, nursing homes, psychiatric and hospice centers to recognize and financially reward their outstanding caregivers though its Ceca Award program. The Foundation provides proprietary software and manages its partners’ engagement.

20,000 nominations and countless Ceca Award ceremonies over the years, it still leaves a lump in my throat witnessing Ceca Awardees being honored. These are extraordinary people, and these are extraordinary times.” After founding and funding Ceca with his spouse Rosemary, the Lawlor family will be increasing their funding and, for the first time, actively inviting outside donors to help underwrite the Special Awards.

Added Hamme, “This is an opportunity for all of us in the community to salute those who are on the frontline fighting the coronavirus. The Special Awards provide a small but sorely needed financial boost to our Honorees. At the same time, they offer a vehicle for all of us to express a very loud, collective ‘thank you.’”

About Ceca Foundation

Ceca Foundation (pronounced See’ ka, as in Celebrating caregivers) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to improve the human experience in healthcare communities by honoring the work of their exceptional caregivers. Founded by Matthew and Rosemary Lawlor, Ceca publicly recognizes caregivers through its innovative technology platforms, support services, and monetary awards. View our brief video and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. To schedule an interview with an award recipient, contact Michelle Sims.

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Media Contacts:

Michelle Sims, Director of Marketing, 202-719-8042, msims@cecafoundation.org

Lori Stewart, Senior Advisor, 202-258-8793, lstewart@cecafoundation.org

Operating Contact:

Nathan Hamme, Chief Operating Officer, 202-719-8042, nhamme@cecafoundation.org

Ceca Foundation Announces Annual Caregiver Award Honorees

Nursing and Hospital Caregivers Recognized with the Ceca Award

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WASHINGTON, DC, March 2, 2020 – Ceca Foundation is pleased to honor three extraordinary health caregivers with its Annual Ceca Caregiver Award:

Nicole Dudeck is a Resident Life Associate/Medication Technician at Providence Place in Drums, PA, a senior living facility offering independent living, personal and memory care. After several promotions took her into support roles, she missed direct contact with her patients and returned to work as a CNA. Her kindness is reflected in her many small acts of caring, such as taking the initiative to bring residents new clothing, toiletries, or decorative holiday trees for their apartments.

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She often offers warm hugs to those she cares for—patients, residents and their families.

Olivia Plummer is a Unit Clerk at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, MD. Olivia was honored for helping a family member who needed to fill an insulin prescription for her daughter. After being told Medicaid wouldn’t cover it, the mother anxiously called Olivia. On her own time, Olivia talked to a Medicaid representative and the fulfilling pharmacists, asking questions the patient’s mother didn’t think to ask. With herculean effort and exceptional empathy for those who struggle with the healthcare system, Oliva finally got the much-needed prescription filled, bringing the family member to tears.

Ayan Sharif is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Goodwin House, Alexandria, VA, a nonprofit Life Plan community, and part of the Goodwin House family of senior living communities and services. Ayan was recognized for her special relationships with residents and her focus on their happiness and wellbeing. She engages with residents in a way that helps them maintain as much independence as possible and allows them to have a voice in their own treatment and decision-making. She is particularly known for her exceptional ability to interact with dementia patients.

Each of these honorees receives a monetary award of $2,500, and all are celebrated by their fellow staff members, patients, families, and the Ceca team at their respective healthcare communities.

Ceca Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, partners with over 50 healthcare communities to recognize their outstanding caregivers. Ceca provides propriety software and manages its partners’ engagement and recognition program, while underwriting monetary awards for caregivers.

To build teamwork, all staff are considered caregivers. Ceca Award candidates are nominated by their peers, patients, residents and families, who cite the nominee’s exemplary caregiver values and exceptional acts of care. Selections are made monthly or quarterly by a local selection panel. The program has generated 22,000 nominations since launch and 700 Ceca Award honorees.

Additionally, each year the Foundation seeks to recognize the “best of the best” with its highest award. Annual Ceca Award Honorees and Finalists are selected by Ceca’s Board from the pool of Award winners over the prior year from throughout Ceca’s network of healthcare partners.

Last year, 2,000 caregivers were nominated and 150 were selected for the Ceca Award in their facilities. From this elite group, three honorees received the Annual Ceca Award, and eight finalists were also honored:

  • Paul Blankenship, Vascular Technician at Doctors Community Hospital
  • Carolyn Brown, Restorative Certified Nursing Assistant at Birmingham Green
  • Colleen Carbury, RN Case Manager at Capital Caring Health
  • Carrie Cornell, Social Services Director at Genesis Healthcare, Gettysburg Center
  • Melissa Ellis, Housekeeping/Laundry at Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home
  • Daniel Ghidey, Dining Services Supervisor at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads
  • Sharae Greene, Psychiatric Counselor at Psychiatric Institute of Washington
  • Mohamed Koroma, Director of Engineering at Knollwood Military Retirement Community

“Each of these individuals is a shining example of the spirit of caring that takes place in our nation’s healthcare communities every day,” said Nate Hamme, President of Ceca Foundation. “Some caregiver acts are truly heroic, but often it’s the simple act of connecting with patients, residents, and their families that lifts all of our humanity.”

About Ceca Foundation

Ceca Foundation (pronounced See’ ka, as in Celebrating caregivers) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Washington, DC, which partners with hospitals, nursing, aging care and other healthcare communities to recognize their exceptional caregivers. Founded by Matthew and Rosemary Lawlor, Ceca seeks to improve the patient experience by publicly recognizing caregivers through its innovative technology platforms (including its software and CecaTV network), support services, and monetary awards. For more information, visit www.CecaFoundation.org and watch a brief introductory video. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Media Contacts:

Michelle Sims, Director of Marketing, 202-719-8042, msims@cecafoundation.org

Lori Stewart, Senior Advisor, 202-258-8793, lstewart@cecafoundation.org

Operating Contact:

Nathan Hamme, Chief Operating Officer, 202-719-8042, nhamme@cecafoundation.org

Providence Place Caregiver Receives Press Over Prestigious Annual Ceca Award

​February 2020 — Ceca healthcare partner, Providence Place Senior Living in Drums, PA, recently received press coverage from local media about the presentation of the Annual Ceca Award to caregiver Nicole Dudeck. Read the write-up from The Hazelton Standard-Speaker and see the article and video from PA Homepage to learn more about why she was selected.

Excerpt from The Hazelton Standard-Speaker: “Dudeck has been a part of the Providence Place team for 10 years in various roles throughout the community. The annual nomination was provided by Kimberly Perchak, executive director of the Drums campus. ‘Providing care is her passion,’ Perchak said. ‘Nicole never has a bad day. Instead, she will turn your bad day right around…. She has this kindness about her that is attractive. It makes her beautiful on the inside.'”

 

Ceca Foundation Brings its Caregiver Award Program to Five New Healthcare Communities in Pennsylvania

​Innovative Engagement Program Uses Technology to Recognize Healthcare Workers

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WASHINGTON, DC, January 13, 2020 – Ceca Foundation, established in 2013 to celebrate caregiver excellence, is launching its innovative Ceca Award program with five additional Providence Place senior living facilities across central Pennsylvania.

“We’ve enjoyed working with Providence Place in Drums, PA, and are delighted to work with these five additional communities and continue our expansion into Pennsylvania. Success in improving the experience of patients, residents and family members

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who come to these facilities for care will allow us to accelerate adoption of the Ceca Award program by other care communities across the country,” said Nate Hamme, President of Ceca Foundation. 

“The Ceca Foundation program brought a lot of positivity and engagement to our team members at the senior living campus. The participation was fantastic and supports our larger mission of creating a caring, collaborative and positive environment for residents and co-workers alike. We are excited to bring this program and spirit to our other five communities soon as well,” noted Rick Barley, COO Providence Place Senior Living.

Since the launch of the program in 2014, more than 20,000 nominations have been submitted by peers, residents, patients, and families to recognize those healthcare workers for caregiving excellence. More than 650 individuals have been selected for the Ceca Award. In cooperation with its healthcare facility partners, Ceca operates the program and underwrites most costs for its innovative software and cash awards. It has now partnered with 40 hospitals, nursing, hospice, and mental health facilities in the mid-Atlantic region and Arkansas.

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About Ceca Foundation

Ceca Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Washington, DC partners with hospitals, nursing, and other healthcare communities to recognize their exceptional caregivers. Ceca seeks to improve the patient experience by publicly recognizing caregivers through its innovative technology platforms (including its software and CecaTV network), support services, and monetary awards. For more information, visit www.CecaFoundation.org and watch an introductory video. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Media Contacts:

Michelle Sims, Director of Marketing, 202-719-8042, msims@cecafoundation.org

Lori Stewart, Senior Advisor, 202-258-8793, lstewart@cecafoundation.org

Operating Contact:

Nathan Hamme, Chief Operating Officer, 202-719-8042, nhamme@cecafoundation.org

Shawn Perry interviews Matt Lawlor of Ceca Foundation on his show The Senior Zone

Ceca Healthcare Partner Featured in TIME

​October 4, 2019 — Our healthcare partner, Knollwood Military Lifespan Community, was recently featured in a TIME cover story titled, “Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One: A Robot and a Team of Irish Scientists Walk Into a Senior Living Home.” Read the piece to learn more about the fun way Knollwood is bridging technology and resident engagement.

Excerpt from TIME: “It’s karaoke-rehearsal time at Knollwood Military Retirement Community, a 300-bed facility tucked away in a leafy corner of northwest Washington, D.C. Knollwood resident and retired U.S. Army Colonel Phil Soriano, 86, has hosted the facility’s semi-monthly singalongs since their debut during a boozy snowstorm happy hour in 2016. For the late August 2019 show, he’ll share emcee duties with a special guest: Stevie, a petite and personable figure who’s been living at Knollwood for the last six weeks. Soriano wants to sing the crowd-pleasing hit ‘YMCA’ while Stevie leads the crowd through the song’s signature dance moves. But Stevie is a robot, and this is harder than it sounds.”

 

"Helping Hands" in The Frederick News-Post

September 2019 — One of our newest healthcare partners, Genesis HealthCare Glade Valley, recently appeared in The Frederick News-Post article, “Helping Hands,” that focuses on the facility bringing the Ceca Award into its employee recognition program, and features their first Honoree, Cathy Warfield. Read the story.

Excerpt from The Frederick News-Post: “In mid-July, Cathy Warfield was recognized as Genesis Glade Valley Center’s first Ceca Foundation honoree. She was acknowledged for muliptle contribbutions, including picking up shifts when others were unavailable, her infectious sense of humor and a willingness to dance with residents to brighten their days.”

Without Formal Nursing Training, Woman Hailed as ‘Angel’ for Her Response to PTSD Episode

July 28, 2019 — Caregiver and Ceca Award Honoree Bernadette Leggett from Stoddard Baptist Global Care talks about helping an aging veteran suffering from a PTSD episode. The interview was done by Ceca’s Lori Stewart and featured on Good News Network. Read the full story.

Excerpt: “Leggett didn’t know it at the time, but Chantel Berrquet, a nursing aide who nominated Leggett for a CecaAward, had been standing by quietly observing the scene as it unfolded. ‘The day I watched her re-orient a resident, I was so amazed by her skill that I had to stop and think about what I witnessed,’ Berrquet recalled of the incident. ‘That day, I thought God had sent an angel to help this man through his difficult moment. Anyone could see the amazing transformation in the resident’s eyes and face after hearing Bernadette’s voice.’”

Ceca Foundation Mentioned in Forbes

June 11, 2019 — Mary Savoy, from our healthcare partner facility Forest Hills of DC, was quoted in an article from Forbes on making employees feel valued through Ceca Award’s and other methods in order to retain quality staff. Read the full article online.

Excerpt from Forbes: “[She] gets a list of upcoming birthdays from the payroll department every month and then writes a personal birthday note to every employee. She also sends notes to acknowledge other events in employees’ lives and to help new hires feel welcome. Employees at Forest Hills can also be nominated for an award and to win a $250 check from the Ceca Foundation, which recognizes and awards professional caregivers for their excellence in service.”

 

Hamme Named President Of Ceca Foundation

April 8, 2019 — Falls Church native and 2001 George Mason High School graduate Nathan Hamme was named president of the Ceca Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, last month after almost four years there as its managing director. In his high school days, Hamme was a star on the Mason basketball team that made it to the state’s final four and worked part-time at the News-Press. Read the full article in the Falls Church News-Press.

Once Living On the Streets, the Love and Support of 250 Seniors Made Her Sober—and an Award-Winning Caregiver

March 24, 2019 — Featured on Good News Network, caregiver and Ceca Award winner Patricia Murray talks about how working for Carroll Manor, a retirement community in Washington, D.C., helped her from homelessness to a 20+ year career in caregiving. Read the full story online.