Associates at the banquet

Life Care Center of Reno, Nevada, received two Perry Foundation Endeavor Awards at this year’s Northern Nevada event, which was held at Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, on June 8.


The first award was the Gold Award for Quality of Care in a Skilled Nursing Facility for Northern Nevada, and the second award was Distinguished Nurse Educator, which was presented to Sherrie Koppelman, staff development coordinator.


The Quality of Care in a Skilled Nursing Facility award, which comes in gold, silver and bronze, is based on performance, rather than nominations, ensuring that the top facility is chosen for the award each year. This is Life Care Center of Reno’s second time as an Endeavor Award winner, but its first time taking home the gold.


“Winning the gold award for quality of care is not the result of just one person,” said Rhonda Creegan, director of nursing. “It was a team effort, and I could not be more proud of my nursing team for the quality of care that they provide to our residents.”


Koppelman received the Distinguished Nurse Educator Award for her outstanding work ethic. Her dedication to educating residents, family and associates on safety practices and maintaining facility compliance are some of the traits that made her stand out. Creegan nominated Koppelman.


“Sherrie is one of the most hard-working nurses I have ever met,” said Creegan. “She deserves to be recognized for her hard work, dedication and achievements in this community.”


“When I first heard I was nominated, I was truly surprised and yet so humbled thinking someone had enough faith in me to believe I might win,” said Koppelman. “I have always felt everyone should strive to do their best without expecting anything in return. I felt it was a great honor and privilege to be selected among so many deserving peers. I love providing education and assisting others with clinical knowledge and skills while simultaneously promoting safe and quality patient/resident care and being able to learn new things too.”


Life Care Center of Reno has also been named a 2016-2017 U.S. News and World Report Best Nursing Home, ranking it in the top 13 percent of all facilities in the country.

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