AHCA/NCAL’s LaShuan Bethea, Holly Harmon Awarded McKnight’s Women of Distinction Recognition

Congratulations to former MHCA employee and current AHCA employee on being awarded the McKnight's Women of Distinction recognition! 

AHCA's full press release is copied below: 

AHCA/NCAL's LaShuan Bethea, Holly Harmon Awarded McKnight's Women of Distinction Recognition 
Bethea, Harmon named into the ‘Hall of Honor' for senior leadership and contributions to the long term care profession 
WASHINGTON, DC – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Senior Vice President of Quality, Regulatory and Clinical Services Holly Harmon and NCAL Executive Director LaShuan Bethea were among 20 women recently announced into the Hall of Honor for the annual McKnight's Women of Distinction award. The award program honors women who have made a significant impact on their organization and the long term care sector.  
“I am beyond thrilled to be an honoree for this year's Women of Distinction awards program,” said Bethea. “Looking at this list of women, I am in awe and incredibly impressed to see so many esteemed and talented individuals who are making a difference in the industry. It's an honor to be recognized among them.” 
With more than 25 years of experience in health care, Bethea began her long term care career in high school as a licensed practical nurse in a skilled nursing facility. She has held many roles throughout her career, both acute and post-acute, and is a registered nurse and attorney. Now, as the executive director of NCAL, Bethea advocates on behalf of assisted living and other long term care providers to state and federal policymakers. She has dedicated herself to helping providers navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19 and support efforts to ensure a strong future for assisted living.  
Harmon has been in long term care for more than 25 years, working her way from a certified nursing assistant (CNA) to spearheading quality and regulatory efforts for the nation's largest association representing the profession. Harmon has extensive experience in a wide array of settings including post-acute care, long term care, residential care, assisted living, independent living, psychiatric hospital and occupational health. At AHCA/NCAL, Harmon uses her background as a CNA, nurse, director of nursing and nursing home administrator to help improve quality of care throughout the profession. She also led AHCA/NCAL's advocacy and feedback to federal agencies on how clinical guidance needs to pay attention to the resident's quality of life. 
“It is so important that we empower women, encourage them to engage their skills, and inspire the next generation of leaders in our profession,” Harmon said. “I am extremely proud to be a part of this program that does just that -- showcasing the incredible, talented women that we are grateful to have in our sector.” 
This is the fifth year the annual awards program will be held. The honorees will be celebrated on May 22 during an in-person event in Chicago, offering education sessions in addition to the awards presentation.  

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