Leader of Santa Barbara Senior Living Community Receives Prestigious Honor

Ron Schaefer Named ABHOW Executive Director of the Year
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March 16, 2011 - PRLog -- Valle Verde, a senior living community in Santa Barbara, is pleased to announce Ron Schaefer has been named executive director of the year for 2010 by the continuing care division of ABHOW, which operates 11 continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) in California, Arizona, Nevada and Washington. This is the second time Schaefer has received the award, having also been honored in 2008.  

“Valle Verde is known for its consistent levels of excellence and outstanding stewardship and Ron is a big reason why,” said Jeff Glaze, senior vice president and chief operations manager for ABHOW. “He’s described by his peers as an innovative thinker, willing to advocate on their behalf and support them when needed. He’s also built a strong leadership team, which has provided support to other ABHOW CCRCs. It’s been said, ‘Excellence is not a skill. It’s an attitude.’ And it’s certainly the attitude exuded by Ron and the leadership team at Valle Verde.”

ABHOW, which manages Valle Verde, has been a trusted nonprofit provider of quality retirement housing and health care services for more than 60 years. As an expression of its mission, ABHOW seeks to enhance the well-being and security of seniors through the provision of housing, health care and supportive services.

The criteria considered to select the executive director of the year include: mentoring of colleagues, special contributions to ABHOW co-workers and leadership, exemplary performance standards, and extraordinary performance beyond established goals. The honoree is selected from nominations submitted by executive directors at ABHOW communities, as well as staff in the ABHOW home office.

Valle Verde has been providing outstanding care, services and lifestyle options for seniors in Santa Barbara for nearly 45 years. As CCRC, Valle Verde provides residents with the continuity of a flexible, residential lifestyle, while offering the security of health care. For more information about the Valle Verde way of life, call 1-805-687-1571, visit the campus at 900 Calle de los Amigos in Santa Barbara or visit the community’s website at www.valleverdesb.com.
Source:Anne Bassett
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