Congratulations to Elma Holder and Dr. William Thomas who each received honors from the John Heinz Foundation for their outstanding dedication to long-term care advocacy.
Elma Holder is the founder of the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) and received the Chairman’s medal to honor her lifetime achievement. Elma has drawn national attention to nursing home issues and has greatly impacted the lives of residents.
Dr. William Thomas received the Heinz Award in the Human Condition for his innovative work as the founder of the Eden Alternative. The Eden Alternative has championed a movement for systematically overhauling the institutional nature of assisted-living facilities and improving the quality of life for elders. The movement hopes nursing homes will one day be vibrant centers of care and companionship.