2013 Senior Care Hero Awards

On Saturday, October 19th, more than 500 guests attended the 2013 Senior Care Hero Awards Gala at the Grove of Anaheim to recognize heroes from the senior care industry.  A total of 16 recipients across categories such as outstanding caregiver, physician, nurse, and social worker, were recognized for their selfless acts of care and compassion while serving one of the most vulnerable populations, frail older adults.  Event proceeds will benefit seniors in need through programs offered by SeniorServ.

Among those honored included Dr. Ken Bell, former Medical Director for Kaiser Permanente and CalOptima, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the event’s Diamond Sponsor, Kaiser Permanente. A complete list of the recipients can be found at www.SeniorCareHeroAwards.org/Award-Recipients-2013.

“It was our honor and pleasure to recognize Dr. Bell’s incredible impact on the most frail and underserved and to support the Senior Care Hero Awards as the lead sponsor,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente Orange County   “How wonderful it was to honor a group of people who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the seniors they serve and whose humility has no equal.”

Michael Schrader, CEO of CalOptima, who serves on the event’s Academy of Leaders, commented, “It was wonderful to participate in recognizing the unsung heroes who help frail seniors live independently at home. I was touched by the personal stories and level of caring in our local community.”

SeniorServ, the nonprofit event organizer, spotlights a full range of senior care heroes, from caregivers whose contributions are often overlooked, to physicians who specialize in geriatric care.  Individuals who often do the most menial and often thankless tasks were recognized when they walked down the “red” carpet with celebrity-style photos taken by volunteer “paparazzi.” The honorees’ caring service was recognized on-stage while they were presented with Academy Awards-styled statuettes and given the opportunity to give acceptance speeches. 

“It was one of the most heart-warming events I have ever attended,” said Lynn Daucher, past Director of the California Department of Aging and Vice Chair of SeniorServ. “It was wonderful to see caregivers, nurses and other heroes receive the applause of some of Orange County’s most prestigious senior and health care leaders.  We were wowed and touched by the deep level of commitment of those who make such a difference in the lives of older adults.”

Event chair, Roseann Gonzalez of Anaheim Regional Medical Center, commented, “Participating in this event has changed my life.  These senior care professionals transcend the challenges, and sometimes pain, of everyday life with love and compassion, and without any thought for their own gain. All the nominees are heroes, one and all.”

“It was great to see all the honorees and listen to their humility and dedication for what they do,” said Randy Platt, Senior Vice President of Operations Hospice and At Home for Silverado.  “All the recipients, nominees, and many other caregivers not recognized, do an incredible job caring for so many older adults in Orange County.”

“There were so many touching stories of caregivers and other medical professionals who have given of themselves in countless ways.  We are happy to have honored them through the Senior Care Hero Awards, the premier awards event in the senior care industry,” said Holly Hagler, CEO of SeniorServ, the nonprofit host of the event. “We are thrilled to be able to recognize the unsung heroes of senior care while also benefiting seniors in need.”  

The estimated $80,000 raised by the event will help provide nutrition and supportive services for seniors in need through SeniorServ’s programs. SeniorServ is dedicated to helping older adults live independently and with dignity, secure in home, health and heart. In addition to meals, the nonprofit also offers case management and in-home supportive services, Adult Day Health Care programs and Care Transitions services to reduce hospital admissions and readmissions. A leader in the Village movement, SeniorServ’s Incircle Village Network helps seniors develop local membership organizations that give them the confidence, connections and choice to live their entire lives in their own homes and communities. For more information on SeniorServ visit www.SeniorServ.org