The Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (Mass-ALA) honored an outstanding group of assisted living associates representing every level of the industry at their annual Excellence Awards Dinner on August 1st. Individuals, nominated by their peers, have demonstrated a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of residents and stand out as role models in the industry. Awardees included Eitan Berechman, Scott Butler, Meghan Colantonio, Jennifer Gelinas, Larry Gerber, Frank Gorman, Ansu Kinteh, David Price, Kathleen Richard, Joe Samartano, and George Silvia.
“We are honored to recognize the 2023 Excellence Award winners for their commitment and dedication to ensuring the highest quality of life for older adults that exemplifies dignity, respect, and independence,” said Brian Doherty, President and CEO of Mass-ALA. “Their involvement in their communities has been exemplary and embodies the core values of assisted living. We are proud to have such enthusiastic and committed individuals in the industry as we continue our efforts to provide a high standard of care across the commonwealth.”
This year’s awards were hosted in person at the Best Western Hotel in Marlborough with a special guest appearance from Jackie MacMullan, an award-winning writer and broadcaster for the Boston Globe and ESPN, to assist in honoring the awardees.
Scott Butler, Chef and Dining Service Director at Bridges by EPOCH at Mashpee, honored with the Dining Services Award. Scott makes it his mission to deliver a culinary experience that delights the senses, paying attention to plating details, and preparing nutritious foods with seasoning and textures that please the palate. He pays attention to residents’ likes and dislikes and notes the foods and recipes that bring them joy. Dining service team members also appreciate his fairness and incredible work ethic. His hard work, creativity, and passion are visible on each plate that is served, and residents always delight in the sweet aromas that greet them every morning and throughout the day. Scott delivers not only a great dining experience but truly cares about how his meals enhance the comfort and happiness of every resident.