VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – September 26, 2014 – – Liz Dammeyer, Assisted Living Administrator for Harbourway at Atlantic Shores in Virginia Beach, Virginia, has been selected as VCAL Assisted Living Administrator of the Year, by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA)/Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).
Awarded annually since 1986, this honor recognizes an individual with outstanding leadership ability, who has contributed significantly to the profession of long term care administration.
The award was presented on September 17, at the Awards Banquet for the 61st Annual VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show, held at The Richmond Marriott & Greater Richmond Convention Center. Her photo was also displayed on the Reuter’s signboard in Times Square in New York City to honor her win.
Ms. Dammeyer was chosen as Virginia’s top Assisted Living Administrator by a panel of judges who reviewed this year’s nominees from around the state.
According to VHCA/VCAL Vice President of Administration Doran Hutchinson, “We were thrilled to honor Liz Dammeyer in recognition of her dedication to the residents, staff and family members of Harbourway at Atlantic Shores.”
Liz directs all day-to-day operations Harbourway, the state-of-the-art assisted living facility located at Atlantic Shores Retirement Community – – a resident-governed, 100-acre cooperative association in Virginia Beach – the only of its kind in the state. A member of the Atlantic Shores team since 2001, she opened the community’s first assisted living facility and, in 2007, helped design and launch Harbourway — a newly constructed facility featuring 53 apartments and a 14-unit memory care unit.
Ms. Dammeyer was selected for her experience, ideas, hard work and open heart, which have made Harbourway excel in providing a home-like environment with resident-centered care unlike any other facility.
She was also selected for this honor for her exceptional talent to draw together both her team and her residents – giving everyone a unique voice in how Harbourway grows and develops. Her leadership, policies and personality have created a positive workplace that naturally creates a comfortable and family-like living experience for residents.
She has also embraced the skills and hearts of her residents to create programs that leave legacies of support not only to the community, but also the world — including the Atlantic Shores /Guiding Eyes for the Blind Puppy Love Program, which linked puppies, schoolchildren, and seniors with giving hearts in a partnership to raise guide dogs for the blind.
Her strategic planning initiatives exceed the standards of assisted living, earning a coveted extended facility license, and positioning Atlantic Shores on the forefront of the industry.
She was also saluted for work among her peers, including developing a trend-setting industry quality assurance program used in facilities throughout Virginia to increase compliance, creating medication management training materials, and co-championing the groundbreaking INTERACT program to reduce re-hospitalizations.
As an active member of the VCAL Assisted Living Committee, Liz has also advocated for key issues, to raise their awareness to state and national legislators and officials.
“I am honored to receive this amazing award, stated Ms. Dammeyer. “I also believe I’m the luckiest person to work with a wonderful group of people that provide such compassionate, loving care to our residents. The amazing Harbourway and Atlantic Shores team create an incredible place to work and to live — and it shows with things like our extended care license and this award. Without my team, I would never have had the chance to receive such an honor. In my mind, everyone at Harbourway won the award as well, and I appreciate them more and more every day.”
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About Atlantic Shores: Atlantic Shores Retirement Community is Virginia’s top resident-governed, cooperative association – the only of its kind in the state — set on 100 beautiful wooded acres one mile west of the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach, Virginia, named by CBS News as one of the “Top 10 Retirement Beach Towns.” Atlantic Shores features over 400 independent living units, ranging from apartment homes to freestanding villa homes, a 53 apartment-home assisted living facility called Harbourway, a 50-bed skilled nursing facility called Seaside, and a 14-bed Memory Care unit called Marina Bay. Featuring a comprehensive range of services, social activities, amenities, award-winning cuisine, a full continuum of on-site medical services, and a full-time Medical Director, Atlantic Shores offers a vibrant lifestyle for more than 600 active residents, who live by the motto – “Live for Today With a Plan for Tomorrow.” For more information, visit: atlanticshoresliving.com,www.facebook.com/atlanticshoresliving