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Ceca Foundation Expands Award Program in WV, PA, and MD

Innovative Engagement Program Uses Technology to Recognize Caregivers with Six New Healthcare Partners

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WASHINGTON, DC, May 14, 2019 – Ceca Foundation, established in 2013 to celebrate caregiver excellence, is launching its innovative Ceca Award Program with six healthcare communities in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

Ceca’s Healthcare Partners selected for launch include:

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  • Genesis Franklin Woods Center, which provides short-stay rehab, cardiac and pulmonary specialty programs, long-term care, palliative, and hospice services in its 117-bed Baltimore, MD facility.;
  • Genesis Glade Valley Center, which offers a wide array of rehab services in its 124-bed Walkersville, MD facility;
  • Genesis Perring Parkway Center, a 110-bed facility in Towson, MD that provides short-stay rehab and long-term care;
  • Genesis Hilltop Center, a 120-bed skilled nursing center offering short-stay and long-term care located in Hilltop, WV;
  • West Virginia Caring, which specializes in hospice care and serves 12 counties in North Central West Virginia; and
  • HCR ManorCare West Reading, which provides individualized post-hospital skilled nursing care to its 176 residents in West Reading, PA.

“These skilled nursing facilities and hospice centers recognize caregiver excellence as a primary driver of improving outstanding patient care, and their employees are dedicated to the delivery of high-quality, personalized healthcare to all,” said Nathan S. Hamme, President of Ceca Foundation. “We are delighted to work with these new communities and want to highlight the addition of two healthcare partners that solidifies our expansion into West Virginia. Success in improving the experience of patients, residents, and family members 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.”

Since the launch of the award program in 2014, more than 18,000 nominations have been submitted, and those healthcare workers have been publicly recognized for caregiving excellence by their peers, residents, patients, and families. More than 120 individuals were selected for the Ceca Award in 2018 alone. In cooperation with its healthcare facility partners, Ceca operates the program and underwrites most costs for its innovative recognition process and platform. It has partnered with three dozen hospitals, nursing, hospice, and mental health facilities in the mid-Atlantic region.

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About Ceca Foundation

Ceca Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. 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. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. To schedule an interview with one of our award recipients, contact Lori

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 Office, 202-719-8042, nhamme@cecafoundation.org

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 — In an interview by 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.

Second Acts: NoVA seniors take on new careers, volunteer opportunities and more - Interview with Matt Lawlor in Northern Virginia Magazine

February 15, 2019 — In an interview by Gina Gallucci-White for Northern Virginia magazine, Matt Lawlor talks about his successful “second act” in founding Ceca Foundation and how it gives him purpose and fulfillment in his non-retirement. Download the excerpt of Matt’s interview, or read the full story online.

Ceca Foundation Announces Annual Caregiver Award Honorees

Nursing and Hospital Caregivers Recognized with the Ceca Award

WASHINGTON, DC, February 14, 2019 — Ceca Foundation is pleased to honor three extraordinary health caregivers with its Annual Ceca Caregiver Award:

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  • Latifa Bowser is a Life Enrichment Coach at Forest Hills of DC, a leading nursing and assisted living facility offering memory care at Forest Side in NW Washington, DC. Latifa was honored for her exceptional ability to engage her memory care residents with physically and mentally challenging games and pastimes, curating each person’s experience to their interests, needs, and hobbies. This has resulted in a profound impact on residents’ quality of life and happiness. Latifa comes to work with a contagious smile and provides personal attention to ensure residents stay involved and enjoy activities.
  • Melvin Nde is a Psychiatric Counselor at Psychiatric Institute of Washington, the first and only dedicated psychiatric hospital in Washington, DC, offering innovative behavioral health programs, treatment, and care. Melvin was recognized for his empathy and support by dozens of patients suffering from depression or substance abuse and addiction. His work with adolescents, in particular, made an incredible impact during their time of need. Melvin works with a kindness and compassion towards patients and their families that provides calm and confidence in their ability to improve.
  • Peter Walden is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Charge Nurse in the memory care center at Knollwood, a Life Plan community for retired officers of the Uniformed Services and their families, also offering independent and assisted living and skilled nursing care. Peter was recognized both for his clinical excellence and his creative focus on the needs of each resident, dedicating himself to personalizing their experience in their new home. This personal touch continues to have a significant positive impact and aids in their quality of life, treatment, and emotional wellness. By providing both medical and emotional support, Peter cares for Knollwood’s residents in the fashion our military veterans richly

Each of these Honorees receives a cash award of $2,500, and all are celebrated by their fellow staff members, patients, and families at their respective healthcare communities.

The Annual Ceca Awards are an extension of Ceca’s monthly and quarterly awards granted to caregivers who exemplify qualities of empathy, humor, integrity, professionalism, and teamwork in treating patients or residents. Over 120 caregivers honored in the Mid-Atlantic region during 2018 were eligible for the annual award. Annual award honorees were selected by a panel of Ceca’s directors and advisors. Ceca would also like to recognize the following finalists:

  • Sherri Edgar, Social Worker at Capital Caring (hospice) in MD, VA and DC
  • Josephine Fashina, Registered Nurse at Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home in NW DC
  • Melvin Amadu Kamara, Maintenance Supervisor at Goodwin House Alexandria in VA
  • Barba Kargbo, Housekeeping Aide at Potomac Falls Health and Rehab in VA
  • Stephanie Sorgen, Resident Aide at Heritage Springs Memory Care in PA
  • Starletta Speaks, Certified Nursing Assistant at Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home in NE DC
  • Jessica Tyler, Registered Clinical Counselor at Mary Marshall Assisted Living in VA

“All of these individuals are shining examples of the spirit of caring that takes place in our nation’s healthcare communities every day,” said Matt Lawlor, CEO 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.”

Since Ceca’s launch in metropolitan Washington, DC in 2014, over 18,000 Ceca Award nominations have been submitted by staff members, patients, and their families detailing stories of exceptional acts of care and kindness. In cooperation with its healthcare facility partners, Ceca operates the program and underwrites most costs for its innovative software and cash awards. Ceca is expanding its program with selected healthcare communities across the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.

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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. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. To schedule an interview with one of our award recipients, contact Nathan Hamme.

Media Contacts:

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

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

Operating Contact:

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

Matt Lawlor of Ceca Foundation on the Eric Stewart Radio Show