URMC-Affiliated Nursing Home’s Administrator Wins State Recognition

NYAHASA Selects The Living Center’s Leader for Young Administrator Award

June 20, 2011

Marvell Adams

Marvell Adams, administrator for The Living Center at The Highlands at Pittsford, will receive the 2011 Thomas Clarke Memorial Award from the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (NYAHSA) on June 22 at the organization’s annual conference in Saratoga Springs.

The Thomas Clarke Memorial Award is given to a young administrator who demonstrates personal integrity and creative ability, dedication to the welfare of patients, willingness to share and pass on successful ideas and programs, and service to those in need of assistance, according to NYAHSA.

In seven years as The Living Center’s administrator, Adams has led significant improvements in teamwork and customer service, spearheaded innovative facility renovations, and guided the development of a memory care unit with a novel approach to improving quality of life for residents with late-stage dementia.

“Marvell is a gifted, energetic, compassionate leader and visionary,” said Annette Medina-Walpole, M.D., medical director for The Living Center, in Adams’ nomination for the award. “Through his leadership we have seen numerous positive changes and significant growth at The Living Center. Among them is the development of the Creative Care Neighborhood for our residents with memory impairment. This innovative model of dementia care has been presented state wide and internationally by Marvell and is truly a unique endeavor that has been both his vision and passion for the past three years.”

A New York State-licensed nursing home administrator, Adams earned his master’s in healthcare administration with a concentration in long-term care from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s in political science from the College of Charleston, South Carolina. Recognized among Rochester’s “40 Under 40” in 2009, Adams serves on the board of Visiting Nurse Service and is an active volunteer and “wish granter” for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The Highlands at Pittsford is at affiliate of the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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