Linda Manor Extended Care administrator honored for leadership

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Linda Manor Extended Care administrator honored for leadership

LEEDS, MASS. (May 11, 2016) – The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Mark Ailinger, Administrator of Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds, Massachusetts as a 2016 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach. Two hundred and eighty-eight administrators were awarded leadership awards nationally.

“I’m honored to receive this recognition, but the results we have achieved at Linda Manor Extended Care Facility are due to the hard work and dedication of every single team member here,” said Ailinger. “We are a five-star CMS rated facility and hold the Gold Excellence in Quality award from the American Health Care Association, all with the support of the care team at Linda Manor. I’m grateful to all of them.”

Mr. Ailinger was one of 247 recipients who received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award with virtual recognition. This award recognizes the administrator of record who provided leadership throughout the award year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the health, fire (life safety), and complaint surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated quality measures. The criteria also included an 80% or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status.

Linda Manor Extended Care Facility is a non-profit organization that has been caring for people in the Pioneer Valley area since 1989. Conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood on Route 9, Linda Manor provides top quality, personalized short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing care, respite care, and specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care, all in a warm, homelike setting. Hospice services are available for compassionate end-of-life care.

Linda Manor’s sister facility, Linda Manor Assisted Living, is the Northampton area’s newest assisted living community.

Linda Manor Extended Care is a five-star Medicare (CMS) rated facility and has been recognized by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) with the Bronze Commitment to Quality award, the Silver Achievement in Quality award, and the prestigious Gold Excellence in Quality Award, which has only been awarded to 28 facilities in the nation since 1996. Linda Manor is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, an organization that integrates additional quality improvement principles into the daily operations with focus on improved resident outcomes. Linda Manor is a member of Berkshire Healthcare, a leader among not-for-profit, post-acute care organizations in Massachusetts. For more information, visit

Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today's post-acute and aging services leaders. Focused on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long term care. For more information about ACHCA, contact the national office at (202) 536-5120 or visit

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