Twenty Iowa long-term care
professionals graduated from the Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA)
Leadership Academy this week in West Des Moines.

The academy is an intensive one-year leadership course for licensed
nursing home administrators, assisted living directors, home care agency
directors and directors of nursing who work in long-term care, assisted
living and home care settings. Through the academy,
students build leadership skills to drive quality improvements at their
organizations. Specific areas of focus include achieving workplace
excellence, managing change, assuring quality, improving organizational
performance and navigating the post-acute care

"As we face a growing aging population, the need for future leaders in
the long-term care profession has never been more important. These
graduates are to be commended for their commitment to providing quality
care by investing their time and effort into completing
this training program," said Mary Jane Carothers, vice president of
quality improvement and clinical affairs for the Iowa Health Care
Association. "The skills they have gained during the academy will
directly benefit those receiving long-term care in their

The graduates completed academic surveys, an orientation webinar,
in-person meetings and networking conference calls during the year-long
program. They also completed an individualized quality improvement
project for their organizations as part of the course.
Project topics ranged from reducing staff turnover, improving customer
satisfaction and improving clinical outcomes for the patients they

This is the third group of graduates to complete the academy. The
academy is made possible by a sponsorship from Healthcare of Iowa.

A list of the graduates is below.


About the Iowa Health Care Association

The Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) and its divisions, Iowa Center
for Assisted Living (ICAL) and Iowa Center for Home Care (ICHC)
represent organizations that provide long-term care to Iowans through
nursing facilities, assisted living, residential care,
senior living communities and home health agencies.

2018-2019 Iowa Leadership Academy Graduates

City; Name; Title; Organization

Altoona; Stacey Brand; Director of Nursing; Prairie Vista Village

Altoona; Timothy Jordison; Executive Director; Prairie Vista Village

Ames; Gregg Hanson; Executive Director; Northridge Village

Belle Plaine; Amy Castro; Administrator; Belle Plaine Specialty Care

Bellevue; Amy Waller; Director of Nursing; Mill Valley Care Center

Corydon; Gina Rose; Director; Murphy Place

Decorah; Katy Wood; AL Director; Wellington Place Assisted Living

Edgewood; Sara McCool; Administrator; Edgewood Convalescent Home

Fairfield; Renee Sanai; Administrator; Parkview Care Center

Grimes; Deb College; Director of Nursing; Kennybrook Village

Grimes; Ethan Walton; Executive Director; Kennybrook Village

Grundy Center; John Freeman; Administrator; Grundy Care Center

Indianola; Holly Turner; Administrator; Good Samaritan Society - Indianola

Indianola; Kari Ann; Director of Nursing; Good Samaritan Society - Indianola

Marion; Sara Kuempel; Executive Director; Summit Pointe Senior Living

Maryville; Ashely Fritz; Administrator; Village Care Center

Mason City; Michael Davis; Administrator; IOOF Home & Community Therapy Center

Odebolt; Marissa Edgar-Schwebach; Administrator; Odebolt Specialty Care

Pomeroy; Jennifer Blair; Administrator; Accura Healthcare - Pomeroy

Waukon; Cathy Lee Taylor; Executive Director; Good Samaritan Society - Waukon

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