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Washington, DC – May 10, 2018 – The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Mike Riege, Administrator of Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab in Vinton, with the 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The award was announced during the ACHCA’s 52nd Annual Convocation and Exposition in Orlando, Florida. Fewer than 11% of facilities nationwide qualify for the award. Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab was 1 of 1,717 facilities to meet the selection criteria.

The award is based on the premise that facility excellence reflects leadership excellence, and the Eli Pick Facility Award recognizes the Administrator of record who provided such leadership for the full 2017 calendar year.

“I’m honored to be selected for this award,” says Mr. Riege, “but I believe Nurse Manager Jessica Henkle, RN and her staff of highly trained professionals at VGH Nursing & Rehab are the ones who deserve to be recognized. Jessica and her staff routinely earn zero deficiencies from state surveys and 5 Star ratings from Medicare for their outstanding work. I truly admire them for the consistently outstanding work they do. They care for our elders with compassion, in an atmosphere focused on dignity, and their dedication is a source of pride for our entire staff.”

Eligibility for this award is based on three years of 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% or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status. This prestigious award is made possible with the support of ABILITY® Network Inc.

Earlier this year VGH Nursing and Rehab received quality awards from an independent survey company in 14 categories of care. The awards won for the second year in a row included Admission Process, Cleanliness, Communication from Facility, Individual Needs, Laundry Service, Nursing Care, Overall Customer Experience, Overall Satisfaction, Recommend to Others, Response to Problems, and Safety and Security. The Nursing and Rehab staff earned additional awards in 2018 for Activities, Dining Service, and Professional Therapy Services.

To learn more about Virginia Gay Hospital, Clinics, Home Health, Nursing & Rehab’s commitment to quality health care and their services to our community, please visit www.myvgh.org.

Jessica Henkle and Mike Riege holding the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award between them

Mike Riege and Jessica Henkle, RN hold the certificate for the 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.

Staff of the Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab facility standing with the hospital administrator

Administrator Mike Riege credits the staff of highly trained professionals at VGH Nursing & Rehab as the reason for receiving the 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.