Redstone Highlands President and CEO Named 2010 Pacesetter

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John Dickson recognized at 24th annual St. Barnabas CEO Leadership Conference

John R. Dickson IV, president and CEO of Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare, was recently named a 2010 Pacesetter by Smart Business Pittsburgh. Smart Business, a management journal providing insight, advice and strategy for C-level executives of fast-growth, middle-market and large companies, honored Dickson at the 24th annual St. Barnabas CEO Leadership Conference at the Kean Theatre in The Washington Place in Gibsonia, Pa.

The Smart Business Pacesetters Awards recognize thirteen outstanding business and community leaders who have had a significant impact on the region. These honorees represent some of the most innovative leaders whose savvy leadership is setting the pace for the Pittsburgh region.

“John’s leadership has taken our organization from a good one to an exceptional one,” said Vicki Loucks, vice president, quality services at Redstone Highlands. “Thanks to his vision and involvement, Redstone Highlands has become a premiere place to live, work and volunteer.”

Since becoming president and CEO in 2001, Dickson has been an essential part of Redstone’s growth and success. 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.

Dickson continues to work on quality improvements with his most recent initiative to decrease waste in prescription medications and shorten the wait time for new medications to residents. Dickson brought On-site Pharmacies to Pennsylvania and Redstone was the first organization to go live with the system. Thanks to Dickson’s foresight, various organizations in Western Pennsylvania have signed on to become part of the On-Site system to help make dispensing prescription medications more efficient.

Dickson was also the driving force implementing extensive employee wellness programs to reduce skyrocketing costs. As a result, Redstone Highlands has saved an estimated $440,000 in health insurance premiums for employees over the last four years and the program continues to grow and thrive.

“My most important goal at Redstone Highlands has been to offer leadership to the staff, residents and volunteers within our senior living community,” said Dickson. “To be acknowledged for my leadership in the Pittsburgh region and named a Pacesetter is an extraordinary honor and milestone in my career.”

To read the article in Smart Business Pittsburgh announcing John Dickson as a 2010 Pacesetter, click here:

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

About Pacesetters
The Pacesetter Awards are designed to recognize business leaders in the Greater Pittsburgh Area who are setting the pace for the region. Leaders are recognized in three divisions based on the size of their organization, its revenue and overall story of success and influence within the organization as well as the community at large. For more information, please visit


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