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September 27, 2011

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402)471-4047, or

GI Veterans’ Home Doctor Named
“Medical Director of the Year” by NHCA

Dr. Jennifer KingLincoln - The Nebraska Health Care Association (NHCA) recognized Dr. Jennifer King, medical director at the Grand Island Veterans’ Home (GIVH), as the 2011 Medical Director of the Year at the association’s recent annual convention in Lincoln.

NHCA represents more than 200 long term care facilities across Nebraska. The award recognizes a medical director who helps facility residents and staff realize their full potential and whose outside activities enhance the long term care profession.
“The Nebraska Health Care Association is honored to recognize Dr. King for her dedication to those in her care,” said Heath Boddy, NHCA Executive Director. “Nebraska’s long term care community understands that medical directors play a vital role in its efforts to provide quality care to nursing home residents. This award provides the opportunity to let others know about these efforts.”
“Dr. King is passionate about her work and about the veterans she serves,” said Alex Willford, GIVH administrator. “She is an important part of our leadership team. Dr. King shows great compassion and advocates for our members. Her top priority is making sure our members receive the best care possible.”
“This truly is an honor,” said Dr. King. “It’s not possible to achieve the kind of improvement we’ve had in clinical patient care without a multi-disciplinary approach. I work with a great team of social workers, nurses, therapists and others who have all been very supportive of changes I’ve proposed and together we continue to improve the quality of care at GIVH. I’m proud NHCA recognizes the great teamwork at this facility.”
Dr. King, an internist, is also on the GIVH quality assurance committee, risk management team and wound clinic. Willford credited her with helping write policies and procedures that have elevated the delivery of quality care at the facility. He said that during the past five years, the facility has significantly improved its results on federal U.S. Veterans Affairs surveys.
Dr. King was in private practice in Grand Island prior to joining the GIVH leadership team in 2006. She has served on the board of directors for Third City Clinic and as medical director for Hall County Corrections. She was recognized as the Volunteer Physician of the Year in 2008 by the Third City Community Clinic and received the Medal of Valor Award from the Nebraska Hospice-Veteran Partnership in 2010.
John Hilgert, Director of the Division of Veterans’ Homes in the Department of Health and Human Services, said GIVH is extremely proud to include Dr. King as an integral member of its leadership team.
The Grand Island Veterans’ Home is a long term care facility for veterans, providing services from assisted living to skilled nursing care, and is part of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.