Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Local Ombudsman Nominated for National Honor

Grand Junction Ombudsman Marilyn Richardson has been nominated for the Howard Hinds Memorial Award through the National Consumer Voice for Long Term Care. The Hinds Award was established in 2005 in memory of the late Howard Hinds, a Tennessee District Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO). Howard was a true champion for residents and for the ombudsman program; as well as a passionate advocate on national issues. The award honors an individual who has effectively advocated for long-term consumers on the local level.

 Marilyn was nominated by Eva Veitch, Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Region 10, Community Services Living Director, in her nomination Veitch said, Marilyn has been a “leader in the field of advocacy and a role model for many Ombudsman” Marilyn is highly respected in the long term care, health care and legal community. Her tireless efforts have resulted in much positive change on behalf of those she serves. It has been my pleasure to work with Marilyn as a facility representative and more recently as a fellow Ombudsman. She is the best of the best.”

The Leadership Awards Selection Committee will review nominations during August and will notify the award recipients soon.

The awards will be presented during the 38th Annual Consumer Voice Conference in Arlington, VA (November 15-18, 2014). For additional information regarding the conference, please visit the Consumer Voice website

Further Contacts for this information are:

 Eva Vetch, Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Region 10, Community Services Living/Area Agency on Aging Director and also the Lead Ombudsman in Region 10, covering Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Ouray, San Miguel counties.

Dave Norman Director Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Region 11 covering Mesa, Rio Blanco, Moffat, Garfield Counties, Office: (970) 248 2717

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