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American Senior Communities Honors Employees For Excellence And Dedication

American Senior Communities (ASC), Indiana’s largest senior health care services provider, recently honored 65 key employees with the coveted “Quest for Excellence” Award.

Randy Houchen, LPN – Bethlehem Woods; Tracy Kinnie, Dietary Server – Coventry Meadows; Helen Huber, Preceptor, C.N.A. – Glenbrook Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center; Kory Grahovac, Nursing Concierge, C.N.A – Heritage Park and Mary Ann Warfield, LPN – Summit City Nursing & Rehabilitation all of Fort Wayne, were among the top honorees.

They were honored at the exclusive 15th annual awards dinner at 502 East Event Center in Carmel, Indiana. Author, master storyteller, and member of the Speaker’s Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland, spoke to the group of 650 employees on the subject of “Hide your Goat”: strategies to Stay Positive when negativity surrounds you.

The Quest for Excellence Award honors one special employee from each community. This is an individual who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence, dedication to his or her job, a positive attitude, and a “whatever it takes” passion for customer service. “ASC’s” Quest for Excellence Award winners promote and maintain the ASC culture of caring for others while demonstrating the highest level of integrity”, said Mark Jackson, Interim Chief Executive Officer for American Senior Communities. “These exceptional people embody ASC’s commitment to keeping its values of Compassion, Attentiveness, Relationships, and Excellence as its highest priorities. The Quest Winners possess all the positive attributes we strive to achieve in life- they meet life’s challenges; they fulfill life’s duty; they overcome sorrow; they accept struggles; they confront tragedy; they except adventure; they recognize life is precious and they fight for life”.

Louise Bethany, C.N.A., whose has been employed at Cardinal Nursing & Rehabilitation in South Bend, Indiana for 49 years, was chosen as the 2015 Overall Quest for Excellence Winner. Mr. Jackson stated that, “Louise lives out customer care that goes above and beyond normal compassion! She has performed countless selfless acts giving of her time and resources to provide loving acts of kindness and service to our residents and to her co-workers. She is a team player and appreciated by all the staff at Cardinal Nursing & Rehabilitation. We are honored to serve our residents and fellow workers along with Louise!”

Other outstanding employees that were acknowledged and honored are as follows:

Marketing Leader of the Year: Ashley Settle, Eagle Valley Meadows in Indianapolis, IN

Clinical Leader of the Year: Marion Nganga, East Lake Nursing & Rehabilitation in Elkhart, IN

Leader of the Year: Lisa Tetrick, Hillcrest Village in Jeffersonville, IN

Community of the Year: Bethlehem Woods in Fort Wayne, Indians

Also honored were the top five volunteers: George Kristo of Riverwalk Village in Noblesville,was selected top volunteer.

Other volunteers recognized were:

Denny Parker, Heritage Park, Fort Wayne.

Loretta Johnson, Franklin Meadows, Franklin.

Mickey Mitchell, Meadow Lakes, Mooresville.

Sue Krinn, Bethlehem Woods, Fort Wayne.

For more information regarding senior housing and care, please visit the American Senior Communities website at