NPA Public Service Award

The NPA Public Service Award was created to recognize public or elected officials from federal, state or local governments. Awards are presented annually at the NPA Spring Policy Forum. To be nominated, individuals must demonstrate a commitment to PACE and the individuals it serves, advocate for the growth and expansion of PACE, and provide leadership on behalf of NPA and its members.

Recipients of the 2018 NPA Public Service Awards are U.S. Reps. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Ron Kind (D-WI), State Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-MI), and Laura Otterbourg, director of Aging Services at the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

List of past recipients.

Awards Presented at NPA Annual Conference

This year, Randi Leeman, of Element Care, and Thomas Smith, of Senior CommUnity Care of Colorado, were honored during the National PACE Association (NPA) Leadership and Awards Luncheon at the 2017 NPA Annual Conference in Boston. Leeman received the Marie-Louise Ansak Award, and Smith was the recipient of the Judy Baskins Volunteer Leadership Award.

Coleen Gaseca, RN, of Community LIFE in Pittsburgh, was named Outstanding PACE Nurse of the Year. She was recognized during the Nursing Symposium at the NPA Annual Conference.

Marie-Louise Ansak Award

The Marie-Louise Ansak Award was created in 1999 as a tribute to the founder of PACE. The award was designed to recognize a PACE or pre-PACE program employee who has worked to improve the quality of life of one or more frail older persons during the past year. To be nominated for the award, an individual must be a direct service employee who worked to improve the quality of life of one or more frail older persons; demonstrate unselfishness, originality, innovation and creativity; make a difference in the life of one or more PACE participants; and epitomize the concept of a team player.

List of past recipients.

Judy Baskins Volunteer Leadership Award

The Judy Baskins Volunteer Leadership Award was created to recognize a current or past board, committee or task force member or other volunteer leader for significant contributions to NPA. Much of our success as an association is due to the commitment, passion and inspiration of our volunteer leaders. To be nominated for the award, an individual mustprovide outstanding leadership to NPA through participation as a board, committee or task force member or in another leadership capacity; demonstrate commitment to furthering the growth of NPA and PACE; effect positive change in the association; and advocate on behalf of PACE participants.

List of past recipients.

Outstanding PACE Nurse of the Year Award

The Outstanding PACE Nurse of the Year Award was created by the Nursing Consortium to recognize a PACE nurse who provides and promotes the highest quality nursing care for PACE participants. To be nominated for the award, an individual must embrace and promote the ideals of PACE, including person-centered care, empowerment of participants and families, and support for the interdisciplinary team process; enthusiastically promote the role of the nurse on the PACE interdisciplinary team; and contribute significantly to PACE by developing, promoting, and ensuring quality, evidence-based nursing services.

List of past recipients.

PACE Special Recognition Award

Robert Edmondson, outgoing CEO of On Lok Lifeways, in San Francisco, CA, received this award at the 2016 NPA Spring Policy Forum.

PACE Lifetime Achievement Award

The PACE Lifetime Achievement Award was created to recognize policy-makers who have demonstrated an unwavering and sustained commitment to improving the lives of seniors through the PACE program. The award recognizes the central role the person has played in the development and ongoing success of the PACE program. Congressman Peter Stark (D-CA) received this award in 2013.

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