Dori Vanden Dries, business office manager at North Walk Villa Convalescent Hospital

On Monday, Aug. 14, Life Care Centers of America honored Dori Vanden Dries, business office manager at North Walk Villa Convalescent Hospital in Norwalk, with one of two President’s Awards for its Southwest Division.


The President’s Award, given during Life Care’s annual management meeting at its headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, recognizes distinguished service in long-term health care. The Southwest Division includes 23 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Arizona, California and Nevada.


Vanden Dries has worked for Life Care for 25 years and has helped North Walk Villa maintain some of the strongest operations in the country even while the center has been without an executive director. She was also commended for supporting other associates in addition to handling her own responsibilities.


“Dori has demonstrated professional skill and compassion in dispatching her responsibilities to the associates, residents and families she serves,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “She has uniquely demonstrated a leadership style for others to emulate. This is a distinguished award to receive because it goes to the heart of our mission.”


Fifteen President’s Awards are presented annually to leaders of overall successful facilities or organizations within Life Care.