2019 SCHA Awards
Outstanding Executive Director

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Dean Gunnell Dean Gunnell

Dean Gunnell

Position: Executive Director/Administrator

Organization: Broadway By The Sea


List your nominee's experience in Senior Care.
Dean grew up in Riverside, Ca. Lived in Mexico for 2 years and across the USA in multiple states. Dean has been married to his lovely wife for 18 years and they have 5 children. Dean graduated with his BA from Cal State University San Bernardino and pursued his MBA at Robert Morris University in Pittsburg, PA. Dean also has an identical twin brother who is also an Administrator and they love playing jokes on people as to which one is who! Dean has been an Administrator at Broadway By the Sea for just over a year now.

Describe how your Nominee has exceeded his or her Job Description, becoming a hero to you or others. Provide an example or as much detail as possible of the things that they do that go above and beyond their job description.
About a year ago, I walked into Broadway By The Sea and there was this gentleman greeting everyone as they walked into the facility with a handshake, welcoming them and introducing himself. I was so impressed and thought to myself, who is this man and where did he come from? WOW! It was Dean Gunnell, the new administrator and I was overwhelmed with his compassion towards people that came into his facility. I learned that Dean loves helping others as there are so many choices people have regarding care for their loved ones and don't fully understand what path to take. Dean takes every opportunity to educate patients and family members so they can make the best decision available. Dean had the privilege of assisting a particular family that did not have much funding and needed help with their son who desperately needed surgery. Their son was missing half his skull. With Dean's nursing and therapy team working daily to help this individual get back on his feet and walking again, this prepared the man's ability to have surgery, which allowed him to have his full skull back in place. The man recovered beautifully and his family could not have been more gracious for all those that were involved. This is why I am nominating Dean as Outstanding Executive Director for Senior Serv Hero Awards.