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TOPEKA, KS –Doug Brown, will receivethe 2012Caregiver of the Year Award from LeadingAge Kansasas part of its annual Quality First Awards of Excellence Ceremonyat 9:15 a.m. on April 13, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita. The award will be presented by Bonnie Bing of the Wichita Eagle. 

This award is presented to a Leading Age Kansas member’sactivity professional, social worker, nurse, nurse aide, dietary or environmental services employee who demonstrates remarkable commitment to the elders they serve.

Doug Brown serves as the grounds supervisor for Lakeview Village in Lenexa. Doug has a “can-do” attitude and exercises this characteristic by doing thoughtful things for residents and fellow employees like fixing flat tires, design/build memory gardens for residents, holding fundraisers for children, just to name a few.  Mention Doug’s name to employees or residents and they will all reply the same way – “Wow, what a guy”. He has a soft spot in his heart for seniors, and as resident Wayne Moore states, “Doug is very helpful and does things for me that are above his call of duty.” He truly cares about people, seniors in particular.

Debra Zehr, President and CEO of LeadingAge Kansas said, “It is clear that Doug’s passion and commitment to serve extends far beyond the challenge of keeping the grounds in great shape.  By his actions, interest and words is enriching the lives of the people who call Lakeview Village home.” Lakeview Village is the largest retirement community in Kansas, located in Lenexa, offering active living and healthcare options to its nearly 800 residents.  To learn more about Lakeview Village, visit www.lakeviewvillage.org.

LeadingAge Kansas represents 160 nonprofit long-term care provider organizations throughout Kansas that exist solely to serve the unmet needs of elders.  LeadingAge Kansas members serve nearly 20,000 Kansas seniors in retirement communities, nursing homes, hospital long-term care units, assisted living residences, senior housing and through community-based services.


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