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Twin Fountains' administrator MaryJane Cleveland honored with national leadership award

Thu, May 16, 2019

Twin Fountains' administrator MaryJane Cleveland honored with national leadership award

MaryJane Cleveland, administrator at Twin Fountains Home, has been honored with the 2019 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators. It is the second year in a row she has received the award.

Cleveland has been Twin Fountains Home’s administrator for the past 12 years and has spent the last 38 years serving residents and families at Twin Fountains Home and Florence Hand Home, the two nursing homes affiliated with WellStar West Georgia Medical Center.

After serving as a radioman in the U.S. Navy from 1975 to 1979, Cleveland joined Florence Hand Home in 1981 as a staff RN. She became Florence Hand Home’s nurse manager two years later and then in 1989 rose to its director of nursing, a position she held until 2007.

For three years during that time, she also was the director of nursing over both facilities.

The ACHCA announced its Eli Pick leadership award recipients at its 53nd Annual Convocation and Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.

Fewer than 11 percent of facilities nationwide qualify. This year, 1,129 facilities met the selection criteria, including 29 in Georgia. Eligibility is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire Safety, and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated quality measures. The criteria also include an 85 percent or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status. The award is based on the premise that facility excellence reflects leadership excellence.

The Facility Leadership Award was introduced in 2008 by one of ACHCA’s most revered leaders, the late Eli Pick, who was dedicated to advancing professionalism and leadership in long-term care. A former executive director of the Ballard Rehabilitation Center in Des Plaines, Ill., for more than 30 years, Pick embodied excellence as an administrator who cared for his residents, their families and his community.