Distinguished Service Awards

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The LeadingAge PA Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) program was created in 1973 to spotlight the amazing work of our members. We are so proud of their many successes in support of our shared mission of improving senior services in Pennsylvania!

Nominations for the 2022 awards have closed, and we are excited to announce the award winners in May. Members of our team personally deliver a celebration basket with the award to each winning community. We look forward to the opportunity to share the tremendous work of our members through their involvement, innovation, leadership, or advocacy, as well as their personal or organizational generosity.

Our members set the new standard for excellence in senior services throughout Pennsylvania!

Paul P. Haas Lifetime Achievement Award

LeadingAge PA's most prestigious award is presented to an individual member that demonstrates excellence in leadership; playing a pivotal role in the overall operations leading to organizational success.  

Congratulations to the 2021 winner, Susan Cooper Drabic, NHA, MPH, president and CEO of Morningstar Living!

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Leader of the Year

This LeadingAge PA award recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence in leadership; playing a pivotal role in the overall operations leading to organizational success.

Phoebe Ministries' vice president of pharmacy services, Cynthia Richart, RPh, is the 2021 winner. Congratulations! 

Manager of the Year

The Manager of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding manager who has coached, counseled and encouraged others in personal and professional development. 

Hats off to Rachel Gullett, RN and director of nursing for Phoebe Richland - part of Phoebe Ministries, the 2021 award recipient!

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Innovation of the Year

The Innovation of the Year Award recognizes an individual or program that serves as a model of innovation and excellence, and also contributes significantly to the quality of life for older adults.  

The 2021 winner is the Fellowship Community's Magical Memory Table.  Congrats!

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Volunteer of the Year - Individual or Group

The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an individual or group that enhances the quality of life for older adults through volunteer work.  

For 2021, we are blessed to have two deserving awardees, Carolyn Rutherford, a longtime volunteer at Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village, and Brethren Village Grocery Stores, an all-volunteer run service for Brethren Village residents. Congratulations!

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Licensed Caregiver of the Year

The Licensed Caregiver of the Year Award recognizes a licensed staff member who provides excellent clinical care, while also demonstrating professionalism and leadership.  

Congrats to Linnie Clark, RNand clinical coordinator for Morningstar Living, the 2021 winner!

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Direct Caregiver of the Year

The Direct Caregiver of the Year Award recognizes an individual who provides excellent clinical care and services, serving as a model of commitment to compassionate care.

We are pleased to honor Gisela Dietrich, CNA, at the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, with the 2021 award. Congratulations!

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Staff Member of the Year

The Staff Member of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has exhibited excellence within their role and enhanced their member community through exceptional service to staff, residents/clients, and families served. 

Congratulations to the 2021 winner, Wilfredo Macatantan, a housekeeping associate at Pine Run Community!

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Outstanding Business Partner of the Year

New in 2022!  The Outstanding Business Partner of the Year recognizes a business partner that delivers valuable service and significant impact to the mission of our Provider Members.  

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