VERNON >> Bradford Ellis, Executive Director of senior living community Vernon Homes, was awarded the 2016 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award by the American College of Heath Care Administrators. This is the second year in a row that he has received the award for his leadership of Vernon Homes' nursing facility Vernon Green.

The award recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved a level of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach. Ellis was one of only 280 nursing home administrators nationwide who received the award and one of just 247 recipients whose award included virtual recognition, meaning that he provided leadership throughout the entire award year.

The ACHCA believes that nursing home excellence is a reflection of leadership excellence, and selects winners based on: high scores on three years of skilled nursing facility survey data, including health, fire and complaint surveys; top-quartile performance on designated quality measures; 80 percent or greater facility occupancy; and zero citations for "Special Focus Facility" status (a government term applied to under-performing care facilities).

"It takes every player to make a winning team, and it is clear from this award that the excellence-minded players on the Vernon Homes team provide care for our residents at a high level," said Ellis. "I'd add, that's because they care about our residents. Residents' families can consider it more proof that compassionately serving their loved ones really matters here."


Senior Meals hosts gubernatorial candidate

BRATTLEBORO >> During the senior meal at the Gibson Aiken Center on 207 Main St. on July 22 starting at noon, Sue Minter, Vermont's former Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Irene Recovery Officer, and state representative, will be on hand. She is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor in the upcoming Aug. 9 primary election. Lunch will be available for $6 for anyone under 60 years of age and for a suggested donation of $3.50 for anyone over 60. RSVP to or 518-505-9031.