Redstone Highlands President and CEO Named Leader of the Year

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Senior Living Community President John Dickson recognized at PANPHA Annual Conference

The Pennsylvania Association for Non-Profit Homes for the Aging (PANPHA), an association of nonprofit senior services, honored John R. Dickson IV, president and CEO of Redstone Highlands Senior Living Communities, with its 2010 Distinguished Service Award for Leader of the Year. Dickson received the award at the 2010 PANPHA Annual Conference at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center in Hershey, Pa.

The award for Leader of the Year is given for excellent leadership in a PANPHA member organization. It recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence in management or governance accountability, are proactive in providing quality of care to residents, and have played a pivotal role in overall operations leading to organizational success.

“I am thrilled to receive this award from an organization that is so vital in helping us provide quality services to our residents,” said Dickson. “Through our membership in PANPHA, we’re able to achieve our mission and vision more effectively. Knowing the caliber of respected leaders who are members of the organization makes this an even more humbling honor.”

Since becoming president and CEO in 2001, Dickson has been an essential part of Redstone’s growth and success. One of Dickson’s biggest accomplishments was the expansion of the organization to include villa homes, which offer gracious retirement living for today’s active adult.

With Dickson’s proactive leadership and inspiring team, Redstone was the first in the United States among 5,600 not-for-profit, long-term care organizations to endorse the Quality First covenant with the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AASHA). This endorsement is a testament to Redstone’s embracement of the highest standards for aging services. Dickson also helped Redstone receive its first CARF/CCAC accreditation in October 2009 — a five-year term of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities Continuing Care Accreditation Commission

As a result of Dickson’s drive for success, Redstone’s annual Spirit of Giving Gala experienced a 37 percent increase in net donations and a 63 percent decrease in expenses. The Gala is Redstone’s annual fundraising event supporting the Benevolent Care Fund, which is used exclusively to provide for the health care and daily living needs of senior residents who have outlived their financial resources. Dickson also was a driving force behind Redstone’s new employee wellness initiative in 2005, resulting in more than $440,000 to date in combined insurance premiums cost savings. The wellness program continues to thrive today.

Dickson is actively involved in the American Heart Association, is treasurer for the Redstone Presbytery, chairman of the board for the Faith-Based Network and serves on three PANPHA committees.

“John’s heart reaches well beyond the Redstone family. His dedication to his employees, the residents of Redstone and the community in general is what makes him an excellent and deserving recipient of Leader of the Year,” said Vicki Loucks, vice president, quality services at Redstone Highlands.

About Redstone Highlands Senior Living Communities
Redstone Highlands is a Christian, non-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) with campuses in Greensburg, Murrysville, and North Huntingdon, including Colonial Villa estates at its North Huntingdon community. Redstone Highlands is dedicated to providing living alternatives and high-quality services that help to meet the changing needs of the community. Serving more than 600 residents annually, Redstone Highlands is the region’s largest Continuing Care Retirement Community, offering services ranging from independent living to skilled nursing assistance. For more information, please visit http://www.redstonehighlands.org.

About The Pennsylvania Association for Non-Profit Homes for the Aging (PANPHA)
PANPHA’s mission is to promote the interests of our members by enhancing their ability to provide quality services efficiently and effectively; and by representing our members through cooperative action.

PANPHA is committed to providing our membership with the techniques, data, information and education necessary to assist them in adapting and modifying their programs in response to ongoing changes in long term care. In an effort to assist members in growth and development as a result of industry challenges, members are provided with educational programming on a wide range of relevant topics, valuable information about the latest trends and events, networking opportunities, and representation within the legislative processes at both the national and local levels. Additionally, PANPHA seeks opportunities for informing the general public about the issues and concerns of our members.

PANPHA advocates public policy initiatives that support individual rights, quality care, equitable access and reimbursement for seniors. For more information, please visit http://www.panpha.org.

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