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McKnight's Long-Term Care News, McKnight's Senior Living and McKnight’s Home Care are thrilled to once again recognize women making a mark in skilled nursing, senior living and home care, inspiring others and having a powerful effect on the lives of the individuals they serve.

Coming off the rousing success of the McKnight’s Women of Distinction program’s third year, we’re pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the fourth annual awards program, which once again will include related events. For 2022, we’re pleased to add women working in home care to the eligibility categories of Rising Stars, Veteran VIPs and Hall of Honor, and we’re excited to plan to return to an in-person celebration after two years of virtual ones! Also, we’re announcing a new award to be presented as part of the festivities!

“As the pandemic continues to challenge long-term care providers, we’re so pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to give the exceptional women working in long-term care — often behind the scenes, making a difference in the lives of their colleagues and those they serve — the recognition they deserve,” says McKnight’s Senior Living Editor Lois A. Bowers.

Do you know a woman who has made a significant contribution in skilled nursing, senior living or home care, or someone who is a rising star in the skilled nursing, senior living or home care fields? If so, then nominate her today!

Nominate her today to celebrate her achievements.

Who’s eligible?

Nominees work in the skilled nursing, senior living or home care industries. They work in skilled nursing or post-acute care; senior living, including independent living, assisted living, memory care or life plan / continuing care retirement communities; or home care. Direct care providers, managers, executives, corporate executives and owners are eligible. Those who serve the field indirectly, such as via associations or as thought leaders, also may apply. Women who work for vendor companies serving the long-term care industry are not eligible.

Hall of Honor — Candidates should be senior-level professionals in the C-suite or at a level equivalent to vice president or higher and should have made a significant impact on their organization or the industry.

Veteran VIPs — Candidates will have more than 15 years of experience making an impact on the senior living or skilled nursing fields and be at a level lower than vice president or its equivalent. Whether as a community/facility administrator or executive director; or as a director of nursing, health/wellness or activities; or through some other position, they must have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the senior living and care industry through their accomplishments.

Rising Stars — Candidates must be age 40 or younger or have fewer than 15 years of experience in the profession. Also, they must have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the senior living and care industry. These achievements/accomplishments may include, for example, managing a project, developing a campaign or contributing to the field via research or thought leadership.

McKnight’s Spirit Award - New this year, McKnight’s Spirit Award will recognize inspiring caregiving and service provision efforts. Eligibility is open to women working in skilled nursing, senior living or home care who have demonstrated acts of bravery, courage, perseverance, dedication, determination — or other noble gestures. Up to five inductees will be chosen. The awardees will be celebrated in conjunction with the McKnight’s Women of Distinction program. Nominations for this award may be submitted at no charge.

The final deadline to submit nominations is January 12, 2022.

See coverage of last year's event at McKnights.com andMcKnightsSeiorLiving.com. Stay tuned for more information about the 2022 program at those two websites as well as at McKnightsHomeCare.com.

Nominate today!