2016 GLC Medical Directors of the Year

Golden Living Medical Directors from Massachusetts to California converged  on Orlando Florida to attend the 2016 AMDA Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Conference.  This national  conference featured renowned speakers who addressed key clinical, regulatory,  and administrative issues facing Medical Directors today.  At the Golden Living Gala, held on Friday night, GLC Medical Directors had an opportunity to hear from Sean Foster, Vice President for the West Region, as well as Wanda Prince, Vice President of Clinical Services.  The special treat was a fascinating discussion of the need of Medical Directors to be agents of change in LTC and Post-Acute Medicine, in the context of the history of skilled nursing care in the United States.

As we have been doing for the past six years, nominees and winners of the GLC Medical Director of the Year Award were announced, and attendees got to hear about their notable accomplishments in leadership in their LivingCenters.

I would like to recognize our 2016 Golden LivingCenter Medical Director of the Year award winners and thank all of our Medical Directors for their dedication to our patients and our clinical teams.

Dr. Gonzalez

In its sixth year, this award honors the important role our Medical Directors have in the quality of care Golden Living provides to its patients. They are the ones we rely on to exemplify Golden Living values of integrity, accountability, excellence and quality and practice with clinical excellence that personifies Golden Living’s long-term and post-acute care.

The winners were nominated by our Executive Directors and Directors of Nursing Services. These nominations were reviewed by Golden Living administrative, nursing and medical leaders. Our winners demonstrate clinical excellence in patient care, facility leadership, make contributions to quality of care in the LivingCenter and are involved in the community.

We announced these Medical Directors at the Golden Living Gala earlier this month in Kissimmee, Fla., where the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) held its Long Term Care Medicine 2016 Conference. Each one of these physicians is unique but all share one distinguishing professional attribute: an unwavering dedication to our patients and their care.

My congratulations go to our 2016 GLC Medical Directors of the Year:


Dr. Sarvamitra Awasthi, GLC- Reedley, Calif.


Dr. Gerald Byers, GLC – Murrysville, Pa.


Dr. Eileen Caquias-Gonzalez, GLC- Lumberton, N.C.

The nominees this year were:

Dr. Sarvamitra Awasthi GLC-Reedley, Calif.
Dr. Priscilla Bade GLC-Bella Vista, S.D.
Dr. Joel Bolen GLC-Montgomery, Ala.
Dr. Joshua Bradford GLC-Riverside, W.Va.
Dr. Gerald Byers GLC-Murrysville, Pa.
Dr. Troy Cappleman GLC-Ripley, Mo.
Dr. Richard Chung GLC-Independence, Mo.
Dr. Brian Clonts GLC-Branson, Mo.
Dr. Catherine Cunningham GLC-Clarion, Pa.
Dr. Lowell Dale GLC-Rochester East, Minn.
Dr. Eileen Caquias-Gonzalez GLC-Lumberton, N.C.
Dr. Eric Hilgeford GLC-Camelot, Ky.
Dr. Mazen Madhoun GLC-Martinsville, Va.
Dr. Tamara McCue GLC-Wellington, Kan.
Dr. Parvez Memon GLC-Bakersfield & GLC-Shafter, Calif.
Dr. Simon Mittal GLC-Bloomington & GLC-Lynwood & GLC-Twin Rivers, Minn.
Dr. Allen Moorhead GLC-Neodesha, Kan.
Dr. Amy Muchow GLC-Beaver Dam, Wis.
Dr. John Oujiri GLC-Court Manor, Wis.
Dr. Brookes Peters GLC-Tarboro, N.C.
Dr. Frank Reusche GLC-Walnut Creek, Pa.
Dr. Chester Rogers GLC-Mishawaka, Ind.
Dr. Nancy Said GLC-Hermitage, Mass.
Dr. Aaron Shives GLC-Watertown, S.D.
Dr. Ronald Simonsen GLC-Kinzua, Pa.
Dr. Daljeet Singh GLC-New Haven, Mo.
Dr. Robert Sweeten, Jr. GLC-McDonald County, Mo.
Dr. Tarlochan Tagore GLC-Sanger, Calif.
Dr. Vincent Trapanotto GLC-South Hills, Pa.
Dr. Mark Vogt GLC-Westwood, Mo.
Dr. David Weintraub GLC-Oakhill, Mass.
Dr. Alvin Wessel, Jr. GLC-Black Hills & GLC-Meadowbrook, S.D.

Our Medical Directors are experts in long term care and are skilled in working with interdisciplinary teams. Their influence extends beyond the care of one patient; they take the initiative to lead compassionate and appropriate care of all LivingCenter patients and residents.

Their passion for caring enables them to create supportive work environments and community partnerships with the patient’s interest coming first.

A Medical Director’s work is challenging, but it is also very rewarding. Please join me in thanking and recognizing all of the physicians in our lives.

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