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Richard T. Sadler Distinguished Association Service
Richard T. “Dick” Sadler, 1945-2003, championed Tennessee nursing homes for more than 30 years as THCA’s executive director. He is remembered as a progressive leader and tireless advocate whose skills in association management were surpassed only by an ever-present desire to win battles in the political arena. The Richard T. Sadler Distinguished Association Service award is presented to a corporate official, an owner or a full-time employee of a THCA member facility who demonstrates exceptional leadership in the association and strongly supports its programs and activities. Criteria include active participation in THCA programs and service to the Board of Directors, committees and districts.
Volunteer of the Year (Individual and Group)
These awards go to an individual and a group best exemplifying the spirit
of nursing home volunteerism. Patients are not eligible. Factors considered
are time devoted to patients, participation in facility activities,
implementation of new programs or services, effective volunteer recruitment,
length of service and ability to bring joy, comfort and encouragement to
This award recognizes a full-time employee of a THCA member facility for providing outstanding service to residents and the facility as a whole. Judging will focus on how the individual contributes to the physical and emotional well being of the residents; shows initiative and performs above the call of duty; has a positive attitude that boosts staff morale; displays leadership and a high standard of ethical behavior; and contributes significantly to the positive image of the long-term care profession in the community.
This award is presented to a nursing home that sets a positive industry precedent for others to follow. Innovation is the key to this award’s criteria, and recognition will go to a program that is not typical of every nursing home. Attention will be paid to whether the program has positively impacted family relations; encouraged community involvement; or demonstrated success through improved quality of life, functional abilities and health outcomes for long-term care patients. Judges will also look to determine if the program has received special recognition in the community or within the industry.
Vendor of the Year
This award is presented to an outstanding associate member in recognition of
strong support of the association and its programs. Criteria include active
participation in vendor programs such as sponsorship of a conference,
Convention or special event; advertising in Perspective; exhibiting in the
Trade Show; and supporting TENNEPAC, THCA’s political action committee.
Long-term Care Communicator
This award recognizes a media outlet – newspaper, television station or
radio station – for outstanding coverage of long-term care issues that
promotes public understanding. Possible subject areas for award-winning
coverage include (but are not limited to): educational articles focusing on
existing or new programs and services; profiles of noteworthy caregivers,
patients/residents or facility volunteers; and “how-to” guides including
information on resources available to families. No retirees, please.
Affiliate Members of the Year
These awards are selected and presented by THCA’s affiliate organizations – Activity Coordinators of Tennessee, Directors of Nursing Association, Dietary Supervisors Association, Environmental Supervisors Association and the Social Service Workers Association – recognizing outstanding service to the organizations through leadership and support of programs and activities.