LSS Honored with LeadingAge Missouri Awards

LSS’ work serving older adults was recognized at this year’s LeadingAge Missouri Awards Program. In fact, a project, an employee, and a program from LSS all received awards at Wednesday’s ceremony.

The Assisted Living project received the Excellence in Service Award. This award recognizes innovative and exceptional programs in the area of staffing and care delivery and/or programs and services for residents and families, management operations, or networking and services for the community.

“While the real reward is being able to better serve our residents, it is wonderful to be recognized by LeadingAge Missouri,” says Rita Vicary, LSS Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Sales. “Many people across LSS have worked to make the Assisted Living project possible. This award really is for the whole organization.”

Lori Baumhoer, Director of Social Services at Heisinger Bluffs, received the Employee of the Year Award. This award is presented to an individual employee who has made an outstanding contribution to the mission and philosophy of a LeadingAge Missouri aging services member and/or has demonstrated unusual commitment to preserve the dignity, well-being, and independence of older Missourians and/or adults with disabilities.

“Lori has the most integrity of anyone I’ve ever worked with,” says Ashley Drewel, Executive Director at Heisinger Bluffs. “I’ve said it more than once, but we could all learn something from Lori.”

The 2018-2019 Educational Series on helping your loved one navigate the aging journey received the Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes an outstanding contribution toward the welfare of older persons in such areas as research, education, communications, and public policy.

“Seeing this series expand from an idea to a full, robust communications and sales tool has been exciting,” says Maryanne Wallace, LSS Director of Marketing and Communications. “We’re looking forward to building on this success for the 2019-2020 Educational Series.”

Congratulations to all of LSS for these outstanding achievements!