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Morning Pointe Senior Living recognizes 2022 awards for excellence

photo of regional Awarding Excellence winners (left to right): Josiah Barkdoll, Lantern Program Coordinator at Morning Pointe of Lexington-East; Jennifer Willingham, Director of Nursing at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Collegedale; and Sharon Hollie, Lantern Program Director at Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa

Morning Pointe Senior Living leadership recognized multiple senior living and Alzheimer’s memory care communities on Dec. 7 at its annual conference, honoring their unique dedication to residents and their families. Each year, Morning Pointe acknowledges top-performing teams of caregivers, directors, and customer service associates from its 37 communities across the Southeast.

This year, Morning Pointe is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

“It is my pleasure to announce these stand-out award winners,” said Greg A. Vital, president of Morning Pointe. “We are proud of the teams at each of these communities as they work together to not only meet the needs of our residents and their families but exceed them.”

Exceeding Expectations Awards went to:

  • Jennifer Willingham, RN, Director of Nursing at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Collegedale, TN, for the Appalachian Region
  • Josiah Barkdoll, Lantern Program Coordinator at Morning Pointe of Lexington-East, KY, for the Bluegrass Region
  • Sharon Hollie, Lantern Program Director at Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa, AL, for the Cumberland Region
  • Lauren Lee, Senior Vice President of Accounting and Analytics, for the Home Office
photo of (left to right): Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe Co-Founder and CEO; Lauren Lee, SVP of Accounting and Analytics; and Greg A. Vital, Morning Pointe Co-Founder and President
Left to right: Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe Co-Founder and CEO; Lauren Lee, SVP of Accounting and Analytics; and Greg A. Vital, Morning Pointe Co-Founder and President

(Regional Exceeding Expectations winners featured in the main photo, left to right: Josiah Barkdoll, Jennifer Willingham, and Sharon Hollie)

Community-wide honors presented included:

The 2022 Community of the Year award was presented to Morning Pointe of Powell, TN. Leslee Wilkinson is the Executive Director.

photo of Leslee Wilkinson, Executive Director of Morning Pointe of Powell, and Rob Pollard, Senior Vice President of Operations
Leslee Wilkinson, Executive Director of Morning Pointe of Powell, and Rob Pollard, Senior Vice President of Operations

The Morning Pointe Foundation Award was presented to The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Franklin, TN. Lori Domer is the Executive Director.

photo of Lori Domer, Assistant Executive Director at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Franklin, Tennessee, with Miranda Perez, Executive Director of the Morning Pointe Foundation
Lori Domer, Executive Director at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Franklin, Tennessee, with Miranda Perez, Executive Director of the Morning Pointe Foundation

The Fiscal Responsibility Award was presented to Morning Pointe of Russell, KY. Tammy Muffley is the Executive Director.

photo of Lauren Lee, Senior Vice President of Accounting and Analytics, and Tammy Mufley, Executive Director of Morning Pointe of Russell
Lauren Lee, Senior Vice President of Accounting and Analytics, and Tammy Muffley, Executive Director of Morning Pointe of Russell

The Associate Satisfaction Award was presented to Morning Pointe of Richmond, KY. Cristy Winkler is the Executive Director.

photo of Scott Edens, Vice President of Professional Development, with Cristy Winkler, Executive Director at Morning Pointe of Richmond
Scott Edens, Vice President of Professional Development, with Cristy Winkler, Executive Director at Morning Pointe of Richmond

The Operational Achievement Award was presented to the Morning Pointe of Knoxville, TN. Kristy Ritch is the Senior Executive Director.

Photo of Kristy Ritch, Senior Executive Director at Morning Pointe of Knoxville, and Rob Pollard, Senior Vice President of Operations
Kristy Ritch, Senior Executive Director at Morning Pointe of Knoxville, and Rob Pollard, Senior Vice President of Operations

The Chairman’s Award was presented to Morning Pointe of Calhoun, GA. Traci Clements is the Executive Director.

photo of (left to right): Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe CEO; Traci Clements, Executive Director at Morning Pointe of Calhoun; and Greg A. Vital, Morning Pointe President
Left to right: Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe CEO; Traci Clements, Executive Director at Morning Pointe of Calhoun; and Greg A. Vital, Morning Pointe President

Morning Pointe also recognized the 25 communities that hit 100% census during the year.

photo of Executive Directors of buildings that hit 100% census during the year
Executive Directors of buildings that hit 100% census during the year

“The winners of these community awards exemplify the spirit and values that Franklin Farrow and I first envisioned for Morning Pointe 25 years ago,” Vital said. “We are extremely grateful for these associates who have set the bar high in serving seniors for generations to come.”

Thank you to each associate for your contributions to helping our residents live vibrantly, and to making your team successful!

Founded in 1997 by Tennessee healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe Senior Living owns and operates 37 assisted living, personal care and Alzheimer’s memory care communities in five southeastern states.

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