Medical care facility awarded grant to implement national caregiver award program.

November 2, 2022

Medical care facility awarded grant to implement national caregiver award program.

HART — The Oceana County Medical Care Facility is the first community in the state to receive a program to recognize employees and their extraordinary care.

The organization recently received a grant from the Edward N. and  Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation. The grant covers a one-year partnership with the national non-profit Ceca Foundation.

Ceca’s mission is to improve the experience for patients and their families in healthcare communities by honoring the work of exceptional caregivers. Co-workers, patients and patients’ families can nominate a caregiver for a Ceca award.

“We’re thrilled to have been selected to receive the Ceca Award program through the grant with Ceca Foundation and the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation. Recognizing caregivers is an important part of our culture and aligns directly with our mission and person-centered care approach,” said Oceana County Medical Care Facility Administrator Kory Hansen. “We’re excited to launch the program and start hearing more heartwarming stories of the positive impact our caregivers have on our patients and residents.”

“Ceca Foundation is excited to be working with Oceana County Medical Care Facility, which cares for some of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents and whose caregivers are incredibly deserving of the recognition. The opportunity to partner with almost two dozen organizations in the state through the support of foundation and other grants is a model for ways philanthropy can provide much needed support to the skilled nursing industry,” said Ceca Foundation President Nate Hamme.

Ceca Foundation partnered with the Healthcare Association of Michigan and Michigan Center for Assisted Living to provide its program to three healthcare communities in Michigan for free for one year thanks to a grant from the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation. The facilities were selected through a unique lottery system, with more than 80 facilities applying.

Ceca leadership states that the grant from the Thome Foundation presents a model for how philanthropy can support the skilled nursing and long-term care industry in essential ways. With that goal in mind, they have expanded the free one-year offer to an additional 20 Health Care Association of Michigan and the Michigan Center for Assisted Living members. Participating facilities receive cash awards for honorees, web-based employee recognition software, CecaTV monitors highlighting staff members, personalized account management, customized marketing collateral and training materials and videos.

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