IHCA Excellence Awards

Annual IHCA Excellence Awards Program

The Annual IHCA Excellence Awards Program (formerly the Annual IHCA Awards) recognizes the outstanding work going on in long term care centers around Illinois every day. IHCA made a number of changes to our awards program last year in order to better serve our members and give them the opportunity to be recognized not only for the accomplishments of their staff, but of their centers as a whole as well. There are two seperate pieces to the IHCA Excellence Awards--the IHCA Excellence Awards-Staff & Specialty and the IHCA Excellence Awards-Long Term Care Centers. See below for more information.

Staff & Specialty Awards

Recognizing your staff members and volunteers who have proven to be an invaluable resource to your center’s team is an excellent way to show your appreciation. The IHCA Excellence Awards - Staff & Specialty gives members the chance to do that. Additionally, you can submit nominations for your center’s innovative programs, communications and community outreach projects. *Note: If you have nurses you would like to nominate for an award, please do so by nominating them for an LTCNA Nursing Award. More details about that program available later in the year.

You can submit nominations in the following categories:
Staff Awards
Assisted/Supportive Living Director  

Social Service Professional 
Activity Professional 
Housekeeping Professional 
Food Service/Dietary Professional 
Environmental Services Professional  
Business Office Professional
Administrator’s Choice Award
(for nominees who do not fit into other categories)    
Specialty Awards  
Associate Member                                         
Community Partnership 
Innovative Program
Media Event
Volunteer Award


Staff & Specialty Award Program Details
  • Each member center office that submits a nomination(s) must designate ONE contact for all of their nominations. 
  • Winners of the IHCA Staff & Specialty Awards will be announced during National Skilled Nursing Care Week (formerly National Nursing Home Week), May 12-18, 2019, and each award will be presented to the winner at their facility by a member of the IHCA staff and/or Board of Directors.
  • All nominees will receive a certificate recognizing their achievement.
  • Facilities are welcomed (and encouraged!!) to submit multiple nominations.
  • A list of nominees, as well as information about the chosen winners, will be featured in IHCA publications, on our website and/or social media pages.
  • Press releases will be sent to local media outlets announcing the winners.
Submissions must be received by Friday, March 22, 2019 to be considered. Please read the nomination rules and procedures (found on the nomination forms) carefully before submitting. 

Click here to download the PDF forms.
Click here to access the online form.

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Caldwell

Long Term Care Centers

The IHCA Excellence Award for Long Term Care Centers is based entirely on the care provided in our long term care centers every day. In addition to key data about the center, questions focus on qualifiable information about the care provided—census trends, antipsychotic usage, rehospitalization stats and more.

Congratulations to our 2018 Nominees: 
Clinton Manor Living Center
Coulterville Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Medina Nursing Center

This year's winner will be announced during Opening General Session during the 68th Annual IHCA Convention & Expo in Peoria. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Caldwell, acaldwell@ihca.com or 800-252-8988.