Employee at The Village at Willow Crossings Wins 2018 Excellence Award From Massachusetts Assisted Living Association

June 06, 2018

Judith Whritenour, Dining Room Manager at The Village at Willow Crossings, was named a recipient of the Dining Services Excellence Award by the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (Mass-ALA) at the organization’s annual Excellence Awards Dinner on May 23, 2018. The awards are presented each year to individuals at every level of assisted living who have demonstrated their desire to make a positive difference in the lives of residents and who, in the view of their peers, stand out as role models in the industry.  

As Dining Room Manager, Whritenour is responsible for coordinating the activities of the dining team, and providing residents with the best dining experience possible. With Whritenour’s leadership, residents are treated to a five-star dining experience that reflects Whritenour’s upbeat and enthusiastic personality. Whritenour also makes a difference in the staff at Village at Willow Crossings. Many of the dining team members are high school students, and Whritenour ensures that all of the students are set up for success through personalized training. She has developed a strong and dedicated team that provides all residents with an exceptional dining experience. 

“With a growing senior population in Massachusetts, it is more important than ever that the assisted living community is supported by dedicated and compassionate employees and volunteers,” said Chris Cullen, chair of the Mass-ALA Board of Directors. “Our 2018 award winners truly exemplify this dedication and compassion, going above and beyond every day to touch the lives of all those in their communities.”

The Dining Services Excellence Award is awarded to an employee at a Mass-ALA provider member organization who provides residents and staff with healthy, beautifully prepared, high quality, meals. This person provides excellent care above and beyond the call of duty and truly exemplifies the ideal of assisted living by treating all residents with dignity, providing privacy and encouraging independence and freedom of choice.

About Mass-ALA

The Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (Mass-ALA, formerly Mass-ALFA) is a non-profit association dedicated to professionally operated assisted living residences in Massachusetts that provide housing and services for individuals with varied needs and income levels. Established in 1990 as a state affiliate of the Argentum (formerly ALFA), Mass-ALA has grown to hundreds of members including assisted living providers and associated professionals. Mass-ALA serves as the voice of assisted living in Massachusetts, providing information and education, and advocating on behalf of our members and the seniors they serve.  Mass-ALA promotes a model of care which treats all residents with dignity, provides privacy and encourages independence and freedom of choice. 

About Benchmark Senior Living

Based in Waltham, Mass., Benchmark Senior Living is a leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast. Founded in 1997 by Tom Grape, Benchmark operates 56 senior living communities offering independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care and continuing care in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Benchmark has been recognized as a top workplace by The Boston Globe for 10 consecutive years as well as by the Boston Business Journal, Connecticut Post, Hartford Courant and Hartford Business Journal. It has been named one of the healthiest employers by the Boston Business Journal and Providence Business News. For more information, visit BenchmarkSeniorLiving.com.

Press Contact: Kirsten Lance, 617-482-0042, klance@denterlein.com

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