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Greater Cincinnati Alzheimer's Association Wins National Honor

The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati was recently honored by the National Alzheimer's Association with its Outstanding Achievement Award for Comprehensive Performance.

The Greater Cincinnati Chapter, which serves 27 counties in southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana, was one of only five chapters nationwide to receive the award.

This is the second award in as many months for the agency after Elisabeth Sebastian, Director of Professional Education and Outreach for the Alzheimer's Association for Greater Cincinnati, was the recipient of this year's Caring More Award in March.

The agency serves 50,000 Alzheimer's patients and their families in the Greater Cincinnati area. All of their services are free, and they are staffed with masters-prepared social workers that go out and meet with families where they create specific, detailed action plans in order to evaluate short-term and long-term goals.

“It's the first time in history that the Alzheimer's Association had the opportunity to recognize this national achievement,” said Dr. Derek van Amerongen, President of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter Board of Directors. “The Association's FY '12 through '14 Strategic Plan was the first to have joint activities and quantifiable performance metrics for the entire organization across the United States.”

The Alzheimer's Associations nationwide priority goals included challenging metrics to enhance care and support, increase concern and awareness, advance public policy, accelerate research and grow revenue to meet their missions.

In addition to the performance award, it was announced that the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Walk to End Alzheimer's ranked 18th of more than 650 walks conducted by the Alzheimer's Association in 2014. The walk at Sawyer Point attracted more than 4,000 participants and raise over $500,000.

“We couldn't be prouder of our incredible staff, board, volunteers and supporters who made this happen,” said Paula Kollstedt, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter who accepted the Performance Award in Orlando.

-Bryan Burke, associate editor

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