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“Pat is the kind of assisted living professional that inspires,” said Chris Mason, NCAL Board Chair. “Her commitment to the residents, to quality, and to advocacy is infectious. She perfectly embodies the term ‘pioneer,’ as she remains steadfast on forging ahead, no matter the challenge.”“She is one of the rare professionals able to balance the business and human side of this profession with compassion and grace,” wrote nominator Cindy Baddeloo, chief operating officer for the Iowa Health Care Association. “Her efforts to educate, inform, promote quality care, and professional growth have made—and continue to make—an immeasurable difference.”Since 1993, Giorgio has owned Evergreen Estates, which operates three residential care communities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Under her leadership, the company has grown from 35 employees to 75 and began accepting low income seniors through the state’s Medicaid waiver program. In 2002, the U.S. Small Business Administration—Cedar Rapids District named her “Small Business Person of the Year.”
Giorgio has also held numerous leadership positions in her home state and nationally over the course of her 23-year career. Most recently, she served as the chair of the Board of Directors for NCAL and the assisted living representative on the Board of Governors for the American Health Care Association (2013-2015). Giorgio also served on the Iowa Center for Assisted Living Board of Directors and the Assisted Living Advisory Board for Medline Industries, Chicago.
The Iowan has been an active advocate at the state and federal level, fighting for senior care issues to legislators and regulators. As a result, she was bestowed two prestigious AHCA/NCAL awards: the Steve Chies Future Leader Award (2013) and the Joe Warner Patient Advocacy Award (2009).
Additionally, her expertise on assisted living trends, performance measures, bereavement, hospice and LGBT issues has made her a sought after speaker across the country. Giorgio also collaborated with the University of North Carolina and the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living on two community-based participatory research projects. The first was measuring medication errors in assisted living, and the second was developing a toolkit for person-centeredness in assisted living.
Giorgio has her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and her Master’s in Pastoral Care from Loyola University of New Orleans.
NCAL created the Jan Thayer Pioneer Award in 2015 to recognize individuals who have moved the senior care profession forward, positively affecting the lives of those served and those who serve. Recipients must demonstrate dedication, leadership, and considerable contributions to the senior care profession. The award is posthumously named after the first Board Chair of NCAL and assisted living owner and operator Jan Thayer. Giorgio will be presented the Pioneer Award during a formal ceremony at the 67th Annual AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tenn. this October.
Pat Giorgio featured on Iowa Public Radio’s Fresh Air–08.04.16
Evergreen Estates President & CEO Pat Giorgio was invited to speak on Iowa Public Radio’s Fresh Air program at the beginning of August. The program has been following the Medicaid transition in the state of Iowa and talking to various constituents dealing with the transition. Pat shared her perspective on how Evergreen Estates and other long-term care providers are being impacted.
Pat Giorgio speaks at AHCA/NCAL Convention–11.16.15
Evergreen Estates President & CEO Pat Giorgio was honored to speak during the opening session of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living annual convention in October.