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Riderwood’s Peace Oke Earns Director of Nursing Honors

SILVER SPRING, MD—Peace Oke, the Director of Nursing at Riderwood retirement community, earned honors from the Maryland chapter of the National Association Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA).

Ms. Oke received the Director of Nursing of the Year Award for 2013 by the industry group at a breakfast ceremony held on October 17th at Charlestown, an Erickson Living retirement community in Catonsville, MD. 

Ms. Oke was one of ten employees of the extended care neighborhood at Riderwood recognized at the event.

The following geriatric nursing assistants received the Compassion In Caring Award:  Zita Bayrd, Faithlyn Benjamin, Fatou Cham, Andrea Flores, Carmen Guzman, Fatu Koker, Sandra Sarjoo and Metasebia Tefera.  Mulumbet Woldesadik, a certified medicine aide, also received a Compassion in Caring Award.

“I am very proud of Peace and her team members who were honored by the Maryland chapter of NADONA,” stated Lori Hamilton, Director of Extended Care at Riderwood.  “They epitomize the best that health care professionals in the continuing care retirement industry can be.  With their dedication to compassionate care and commitment to training, our residents at Riderwood are well-served on a daily basis.”

Riderwood provides a full continuum of care, featuring 1,119 residences in independent living that offer a variety of one and two bedroom floor plans and pricing options.  The extended care neighborhood offers skilled nursing, assisted living, post-acute rehabilitation and memory-care services.

The extended care neighborhood at Riderwood attained the maximum score in the four signature categories of the Five-Star Quality Rating System administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  The Erickson Living community earned a 5-star rating in the Overall, Health Inspection, Staffing and Quality Measure categories, updated in May, 2013.  It is the sixth consecutive year that Riderwood has been rated 5-star overall.

The mission of NADONA of Maryland is to provide support for its members through networking and education and to be active in policy development affecting long-term care.  More information can be found at www.mdnadona.org.

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