2018 Call for ACHCA Awards

Submit a nomination for individuals or Chapters/Districts worthy of recognition. Below you will find the different Award categories, descriptions and eligibility requirements. Please note that criteria have changed from past years for the Chapter/District, Education and Journalism Awards.

** Past ACHCA Award winners can be viewed below.

To submit a nomination for the Chapter/District Awards (applications due Dec. 19), please click here.

To submit a nomination for the Individual/Partner Awards (nominations due Nov 1), please click here.

  1. Chapter/District Awards
  2. Distinguished Nursing Home Administrator Award
  3. Distinguished Assisted Living Administrator Award
  4. ACHCA Distinguished Service Award
  5. New Nursing Home Administrator and New Assisted Living Administrator Awards
  6. ACHCA Outstanding Member Award
  7. AIT Preceptor Award
  8. Public Service Award
  9. Education Award
  10. Journalism Award
  11. Business Partner Award
  12. ACHCA Champion Award

Our Mission: ACHCA is the catalyst for excellence in post-acute and aging services leadership.

Our Vision: To be the premiere membership organization providing professional leadership development opportunities for post-acute and aging services health care administrators. Dynamic leadership forges post-acute and aging health care services that are desired, meaningful, successful and efficient.

  • Self-nominations are acceptable when accompanied by a member’s co-nomination.
  • Nominees may be nominated for multiple awards.  However, supportive documentation for each award should be tailored to match each award’s criteria.
  • Current ACHCA national officers and board members are ineligible.
  • Nominators and those writing letters of support are encouraged to cite examples of how the nominee meets the award criteria, including applicable metrics when possible. Examples might include publicly available data (quality measures, star rating, etc.), resident/employee satisfaction data, survey results, and other sources of information.

Chapter/District Awards

The purpose of this award is to recognize an ACHCA chapter/district for their work to build and improve the chapter/district, service to its members, and/or impact in its community or the industry at large. Chapters and Districts may submit one, or a maximum of three, nominations, if they have multiple initiatives worthy of award consideration.

Examples of activities that might warrant award nomination include:

  • Membership recruitment or retention programs 
  • Student/AIT membership efforts 
  • Educational/networking events 
  • Advocacy initiatives 
  • Philanthropic activities that benefit the chapter or others 
  • Fundraising activities 
  • Enhancements to the member experience 
  • Other projects or activities that have a positive impact and are aligned with the mission of ACHCA

Nomination Requirements
Submit a letter of nomination outlining why the chapter/district is deserving of an award for its project or initiative (please be specific). Include at least one additional letter in support of the nomination. Letters of nomination must include the writer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, and name of the chapter or district.  Letters of nomination must address the following questions:

  • What is the name of the chapter/district initiative? 
  • Describe how the chapter/district executed the initiative – who was involved, what steps were taken, etc.  
  • What impact has the initiative had on the chapter/district, its members, and/or other stakeholders? Metrics or numbers are not required but preferred.

Distinguished Nursing Home Administrator Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a Fellow of ACHCA who has demonstrated the highest professional standards as an administrator in post-acute and aging services, specifically, the nursing home setting.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current licensed nursing home administrator
  • ACHCA Fellow in good standing
  • Leader in post-acute and aging services for at least five years
  • Participation in national ACHCA conferences within the past five years preferred

Nomination Requirements:  Submit two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must include the writer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, and name of the nominee. The nominator's letter must address these questions:

  • How has the nominee improved the health and welfare of residents in the nursing home setting?
  • How has the nominee contributed to, or set an example for, post-acute and aging services leadership?
  • What outstanding accomplishments have been achieved by the nominee in the field of nursing home administration?
  • Why is the nominee deserving of this award?

Distinguished Assisted Living Administrator Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a Fellow of ACHCA who has demonstrated the highest professional standards as an administrator in post-acute and aging services, specifically, the assisted living setting.

Eligibility Requirements

  • ACHCA Fellow in good standing
  • Practiced as an assisted living administrator for a minimum of five years
  • Participation in national ACHCA conferences within the past five years preferred

Nomination Requirements:  Submit two letters of recommendation.  Letters of recommendation must include the writer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, and name of the nominee.  The nominator’s letter must address the following question:

  • How does the nominee demonstrate excellence in an area of assisted living including facility management, corporate leadership, academia, research, publishing or other noteworthy activities?

ACHCA Distinguished Service Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an ACHCA Fellow who has demonstrated distinguished service to ACHCA and leadership within the profession of post-acute and aging services administration.

Eligibility Requirements

  • ACHCA member in good standing for a minimum of 4 years
  • ACHCA Fellow (at time of nomination)
  • Has served as a national officer, board member, or on an ACHCA Committee. (Nominee may currently serve on national or chapter committees or as a chapter officer)
  • Participation in national ACHCA conferences within the past five years preferred

Nomination Requirements:  Submit two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must include the writer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, and name of the nominee. The nominator’s letter must address these questions:

  • How has the nominee contributed to or set an example for post-acute and aging services leadership?
  • What outstanding accomplishments have been achieved by the nominee?
  • Why is the nominee deserving of this award?

List examples of the nominee’s dedication and commitment to ACHCA (include dates, names of committees and positions held, accomplishments, and responsibilities).

New Nursing Home Administrator Award and New Assisted Living Administrator Award

The purpose of each award is to recognize an ACHCA member who has been a practicing administrator for five years or less, and who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and potential as a leader, innovator, and motivator in post-acute and aging services as well as in ACHCA.

Eligibility Requirements

  • ACHCA member in good standing
  • Current licensed administrator, if applicable
  • Practiced as a Nursing Home Administrator for five years or less at the time of nomination OR
  • Practiced as an Assisted Living Administrator for five years or less at the time of nomination

Nomination Requirements:  Submit a minimum of one letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must include the writer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, and name of the nominee. The nominator’s letter must address these questions:

  • How has the nominee improved the health and welfare of residents in a nursing home or assisted living community?
  • How has the nominee contributed to, or set an example in, post-acute and aging services?
  • What potential does the nominee show for leadership in ACHCA?
  • Why is the nominee deserving of this award?

ACHCA Outstanding Member Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize members who have made extraordinary commitments to ACHCA’s mission.

Eligibility Requirements

  • ACHCA member in good standing for a minimum of 2 years


Nomination Requirements:  Submit a minimum of one letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must include the writer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, and name of the nominee. The nominator’s letter must address the question:

  • How has the nominee made extraordinary contributions of time and effort to advance the mission of ACHCA?

AIT Preceptor Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an administrator who has made an exceptional contribution to the success of an administrator-in-training for whom he/she has been a preceptor.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Preference will be given to nominees who are ACHCA members, particularly Fellows
  • Nominees who have been a preceptor for multiple AITs are preferred.

Nomination Requirements:  Submit at least two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an ACHCA member. One letter should be from someone who was/is an Administrator-in-Training (AIT) under the nominee’s preceptorship. The second letter may be from another leader in post-acute care, who is knowledgeable about the nominee. All letters must include the writer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, and name of the nominee. The nominator letter(s) must address these questions:

  • How has the nominee invested in the success of an Administrator-in-Training?
  • How has the nominee contributed to, or set an example for, post-acute and aging services leadership?
  • Why is the nominee deserving of this award?

Public Service Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has promoted positive public awareness related to the field of post-acute and aging services.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Champion and leader in post-acute and aging services who consistently advocates for post-acute and aging services
  • Consistent with ACHCA’s mission and vision
  • Significant role in improving quality in post-acute and aging services
  • Knowledge, commitment, and a demonstrated ability to educate and advocate on behalf of post-acute and aging services
  • Recognized for expertise – policy, research, advocacy, or innovation in the field of post-acute and aging services
  • Highly respected and catalyst for inspiring others in post-acute and aging services
  • Nominee does not have to be a member of ACHCA

Nomination Requirements:  Submit two to four examples of the nominee’s work in public service/awareness (e.g., copies of presentations, white papers or testimony, articles or books published, evidence of other activities designed to increase community or public awareness). Samples will not be returned. Include one letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must include the writer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, and name of the nominee. The nominator's letter must address these questions:

  • How does the nominee’s work in public service advance the field of post-acute and aging services?
  • How has the nominee contributed to the integrity of the post-acute and aging services field?
  • Why is the nominee deserving of this award?

Education Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual for educational program(s), seminar(s), or workshop(s) that, because of their content, innovative approach, or other special components, have made an outstanding contribution to education in post-acute and aging services.

Eligibility for the Education Award will be based on supporting documentation.  Nominee does not have to be a member of ACHCA.

Nomination Requirements:  Submit two to four examples of the nominee’s work in education (e.g., course syllabi, handouts, course bibliography, evaluations, brochures, etc.). Examples should not exceed 10 total pages and will not be returned. Include one letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must include the writer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, and name of the nominee. The nominator's letter must address these questions:

  • How does the nominee’s work in education advance post-acute and aging services?
  • How has the nominee contributed to the integrity of the post-acute and aging services field?
  • Why is the nominee deserving of this award?

Journalism Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual or organization for excellent journalistic achievement representing fair and accurate content related to the post-acute and aging services industry during the twelve months prior to the submission of the award nomination.

Eligibility for the Journalism Award will be based on supporting documentation.  Nominee does not have to be a member of ACHCA.

Nomination Requirements:  Submit two to four examples of the nominee’s work (e.g., television and radio program recordings, newspaper or magazine articles, blogs, photo essays, etc.). Examples should not exceed 10 total pages and will not be returned. Include one letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must include the writer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, and name of the nominee. The nominator's letter must address these questions:

  • How does the nominee’s work represent fair and accurate content related to the post-acute and aging services environment?
  • How has the nominee contributed to the integrity of the post-acute and aging services field?
  • Why is the nominee deserving of this award?

Business Partner Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a product/service provider who has contributed their time and resources to the mission of promoting excellence in post-acute and aging services leadership, has encouraged other vendors and members to participate in ACHCA conferences and partnerships, and has volunteered their resources to ACHCA beyond expectations.

Nomination Requirements:  To nominate a company for the Business Partner Award, an ACHCA voting member must write a letter to the Awards Subcommittee addressing the questions noted below. This nomination must be supported by a second voting member in a letter to the Awards Subcommittee supporting, or elaborating on, the response to the questions. A Business Partner Award winner may not win this award for two successive years.

Nomination and supporting letters should answer the following questions:
  • How does the partner’s product/service benefit post-acute and aging services?
  • How does the partner support ACHCA? (Consider national, state and local activities)
  • Does the partner support its employees’ participation in ACHCA activities?
  • How does the partner support you (making the nomination) in your endeavors to be active in ACHCA?
Describe any other outstanding attributes the company has within the post-acute and aging services field or its local community.

ACHCA Champion Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a state, national or international organization for their support of, or collaboration with, ACHCA.

Initiative or service provided by nominated organization must be consistent with ACHCA’s mission and vision. The organization must have collaborated with and/or supported ACHCA on a national, district and/or chapter level. Please document the collaboration and/or support in the nomination letter and letters of support. Types of initiatives to be considered include, but are not limited to: financial, promotional, joint programming, and shared services.

Nomination Requirements:  The organization is to be nominated by a letter from an individual ACHCA member or chapter. The nominating letter should describe how the organization supported or collaborated with ACHCA. If there were individuals who spearheaded this initiative, please include their name, affiliation, and a description of their contribution. Nomination must be supported with a minimum of two letters from ACHCA members, or in collaboration with ACHCA members.
  • Nomination is for an organization – not an individual. The organization may be either for-profit or not-for-profit.
  • The organization has substantially supported ACHCA on a national, district and/or chapter level within the last year.
  • The organization is not a product/service provider.  Nominations for product/service providers should be submitted under the Business Partner Award category.

Past ACHCA Award Winners: