JML Care Center Administrator Honored
The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHA) has honored JML Care Center executive director Cynthia Lehtinen with a 2014 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The award is based on the premise that facility excellence is a reflection of leadership excellence, and Ms. Lehtinen was one of 234 directors from around the country to receive the award.
The award is in memory of Eli Pick, a long-time member of the ACHCA who was “dedicated to advancing professionalism and leadership in long-term care,” according to the ACHCA. Eligibility for the award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility survey data, including the Health, Fire (Life Safety) and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated quality measures. The criteria also include an 80 percent or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of a Special Focus facility status.
“Cindy provides outstanding leadership to her staff at JML, all of whom have a deep level of commitment to their patients,” said Michael K. Lauf, President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare, parent company of JML. “JML stands out in its field as one of the best nursing homes in the area, because Cindy and her team provide consistent high-quality, compassionate care to every patient and resident.”
Earlier this year, JML received a five-star rating from U.S. News & World Report in its sixth annual Best Nursing Homes list. The list highlights the top nursing homes in each city and stat out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. U.S. News & World Report awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to only those facilities that earned an overall five stars (the highest). JML was the only nursing home in Falmouth to receive a five-star rating.
Cynthia Lehtinen, RN, MBA, has been with JML Care Center for 14 years. She has been executive director since 2012, and prior to that was director of nursing for eight years. She worked with staff education, infection control and process improvement for four years before that.
Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today’s long-term care administrators and executives. ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long-term care. For more information, visit www.achca.org.