Julie Collins, executive director

Life Care Centers of America honored Julie Collins, executive director at Life Care Center of Bridgeton, Missouri, on Aug. 14, 2017, with one of its two Central Division President’s Awards.


The President’s Award, given during Life Care’s annual management meeting at its headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, recognizes distinguished service in a long-term health care management role. Professionals are eligible throughout the division, including the division office in Fishers, four regional offices and 35 skilled nursing and rehab centers.


Collins was praised for her cheerfulness, approachableness, kindness and willingness to step in and serve alongside her associates so that her residents receive excellent care.


“She does not hesitate to be hands-on, answering call lights, cleaning rooms, serving meals and feeding residents,” said LaShawnda Brown, director of nursing. “Her energy and reliance is contagious, and she successfully delivers excellence in any situation. Julie is always open to new ideas, loves people, works hard and remains a fantastic team leader who tries to lift the spirits of those around her.”


Collins also encourages her associates to further their education.


“Julie 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