Mutual of America Foundation Recognizes Alzheimer's Community Care with a 2015 National Community Partnership Award

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February 24, 2016

Contact: Karissa J. Grant                                                                                

Alzheimer’s Community Care

(561) 683-2700




West Palm Beach, Fla. – Alzheimer’s Community Care was formally recognized with a 2015 Mutual of America Foundation National Community Partnership Award, during a luncheon held today at the West Palm Beach Marriott.


This leading non-profit organization was honored as a Merit Finalist Award Recipient for its Dementia-Specific Practicum for Nursing Student Program, a landmark collaboration that provides training for community-based, dementia-specific care.


To date, nearly 200 undergraduate nursing students have participated in this program, which has now expanded to include graduate nurses pursuing advanced degrees.


This practicum pairs classroom training with practical experience, delivering hands-on patient care within Alzheimer’s Community Care’s 10 specialized Alzheimer’s day care centers.


Hundreds of applicants throughout the United States apply for this award each year. Alzheimer’s Community Care was one of only 10 ultimate recipients.  During the luncheon, the following academic institutions were recognized for their role in this partnership: Florida Atlantic University, Indian River State College, Keiser University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College.


“This is one of those special moments for our organization,” says Mary M. Barnes, President and CEO of Alzheimer’s Community Care. “To have the Mutual of America Foundation value the work that we do in the community, in partnership with five university nursing programs in Florida, is extremely meaningful.”

Pictured left to right: Ivan Gregory, VP of Mutual of America West Palm Beach; Dr. Raywattie Sooklall, Assistant Nursing Director of Palm Beach State College; Usar Suragarn, MSN, BS, BA, RN, Clinical Administrator, Graduate Practice Programs, Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University; Kathleen Herd, VP of Grants & Fund Development of Alzheimer’s Community Care; Karen Gilbert, RN, MS, CDP, VP of Education & Quality Assurance of Alzheimer’s Community Care; Judith B. Rappaport, Chair of the Board of Directors of Alzheimer’s Community Care; Mary M. Barnes, President & CEO of Alzheimer’s Community Care; Phyllis King, PhD, MSN, RN, Professor of Nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic University; Ted Herman, Vice Chairman of the Mutual of America Foundation; Thomas Gilliam, CEO of the Mutual of America Foundation.


About Alzheimer’s Community Care

Celebrating 20 years of service, Alzheimer’s Community Care is the largest provider of community-based, dementia-specific services in Florida.  The leading non-profit organization serves 4,500 individuals in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties, with a team of professionals skilled and trained in dementia-specific care and education. In addition to 10 Specialized Adult Day Service Centers, the organization offers Family Nurse Consultants, a 24-hour Alzheimer’s Crisis Line, Support Groups, Case Management, Education, Training, and Advocacy. 






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