Friendship Manor Receives Women’s Choice Award® as One of America’s Best for Extended Care

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Friendship Manor honored for providing exceptional extended care to residents.

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“It has been Friendship Manor’s passion over the last 35 years to honor the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and daughters whose care has been entrusted to us with exceptional care and compassion." - Ted Pappas Jr., President & CEO

Friendship Manor has been named a 2014 Women’s Choice Award® recipient as an America’s Best for Extended Care, acknowledging Friendship Manor‘s dedication to provide exceptional and compassionate care to its residents. By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, they are recognized as a facility that women would highly recommend for their loved ones’ long-term care, rehabilitation, and nursing care needs.

Women are responsible for 90 percent of all healthcare choices, as recorded by the American Academy of Family Physicians. As America faces an increase in life expectancy with one in every four 65-year-old today living past the age of 90 (Social Security Administration), one-third of all Americans will require long-term care at some time in their lives with more women than men residing in nursing homes (Illinois Council on Long Term Care). Considering that female elders, specially the disabled, are abused at an even higher rate than males (National Center on Elder Abuse), making the best choice for nursing care is critically important. The Women’s Choice Award empowers women to make this choice with confidence by providing nursing homes and long-term facilities with the qualification that validates the choice they must make for themselves or on behalf of a loved one.

Friendship Manor qualifies for this highly selective annual list based on an in-depth proprietary screening process. The process utilizes data reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and identifies those facilities that provide comprehensive extended care services, and that meet criteria for resident satisfaction and excellence based on female needs and preferences.

“Women carry the burden of making the majority of healthcare choices for themselves and their families. Reducing the risk of making the wrong healthcare choice is our mission. These select extended care facilities are meeting the highest standards of excellence and performance through compassionate and professional care. We applaud Friendship Manor’s commitment to fulfill the needs and preferences of women and their families,” states Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the Women’s Choice Award program, and former group publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines.

The Women’s Choice Award program provides women with a trusted third party endorsement based on extensive research, resident recommendations, and long-term care experiences by residents in their community and supports that with selected performance data. By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, Friendship Manor has joined an elite network of institutions committed to a global mission to empower women to make smart healthcare choices.

Ted Pappas Jr., Friendship Manor’s President/CEO stated, “We are honored to receive this Women’s Choice award. It has been Friendship Manor’s passion over the last 35 years to honor the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and daughters whose care has been entrusted to us with exceptional care and compassion. This care is in the Manor’s DNA – we were founded by women with a passion to serve other women – an organization then called the King’s Daughters (now grown to the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons.)”

“Women spoke and clearly defined what’s important to them when seeking an extended care facility and the standard of excellence they expect for themselves and their families. As one of America’s Best for Extended Care, Friendship Manor was selected due to their excellent ratings in areas such as nurse staffing, quality care, and inspection results,” says Delia Passi.

Women have many choices when it comes to extended care. Now they can make informed choices based on carefully chosen criteria. Most importantly, when a woman sees the Women’s Choice Award seal at her local long-term facility, she’ll know they value her experience as a critical component of care for her and her loved ones.

About Friendship Manor
Friendship Manor is a faith-based, nonprofit, 501(c)(3), charitable Continuing Care
Retirement Community (CCRC) founded by The Illinois King’s Daughters and Sons. As the only CCRC in the Illinois Quad Cities, Friendship Manor offers Independent and Assisted Living Apartment Homes, a thirteen unit villa neighborhood, skilled nursing, respite care, in-and out-patient rehabilitation, in-home services, and a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Friendship Manor is dedicated to honoring the well-being and independence of the individuals and communities we serve. For more information, please call (309)786-9667 or visit

About the Women’s Choice Award®
The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women make smarter choices by collectively identifying the brands, products, and services most recommended and trusted by women - those that deliver a customer experience worthy of their recommendation. Awards are based on surveys of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on what drives the consumer experience for women versus men. As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified Inc., home of the Women’s Choice Award, created the first national award based on the ratings and preferences of women to provide them with a collective voice. Women can make their preferences heard and be part of the mission toward a million voices strong by visiting the Women’s Choice Award’s official website and joining the network.

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