The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honors Virginia “Jenny” Triplett, RN, BSN, Director of the Northern Skilled Nursing Center at Northern Regional Hospital in Mount Airy, North Carolina with the 2022 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. Only 3% of facilities nationwide met the initial selection criteria. This year, fifty‐seven administrators in 17 states met all eligibility requirements and were awarded the facility leadership award nationally.
Based on the premise that facility excellence reflects leadership excellence, Chris A. Lumsden, Northern Regional Hospital President & CEO, explained that “this award recognizes outstanding leaders who have performed at the highest professional level for the entire 2021 calendar year. Jenny is an excellent nurse, leader, and person, and she and her entire team are most deserving of this coveted recognition. We appreciate Jenny and her many contributions in leading our award-winning Skilled Nursing Center.”
Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire Safety, and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also include at least a 70% or greater facility occupancy and a three‐year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status.
The Facility Leadership Award was introduced in 2008 by one of ACHCA’s most revered leaders, the late Eli Pick. A former executive director of the Ballard Rehabilitation Center, DesPlaines, IL, for over 30 years, Eli embodied excellence as an Administrator who cared for his residents, their families, and his community. This award is presented annually in memory of Eli, a consummate member of ACHCA, dedicated to advancing professionalism and leadership in long‐term care.
Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today’s long‐term care administrator and executive. ACHCA’s mission focuses on advancing leadership excellence in long‐term care by providing leadership education, promotion of professional advancement programs such as Fellowship, and the keystone, Mentoring Program. ACHCA’s diverse membership includes administrators from across the post‐acute and aging services care continuum.