Nat'l Award for Exceptional Care for Children

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September 20, 2018
Exceptional Care for Children (ECC) is excited to announce that it is the 2018 recipient of AHCA’s Non Profit Program of the Year for its Magical Journey to Disney World. Each year, AHCA recognizes the men and women who selflessly care for individuals in long term and post-acute care centers, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) residences. Honorees demonstrate selflessness, compassion, and strive to enhance the lives of seniors and individuals with disabilities in their communities.
Exceptional Care for Children’s Administrator, Annette Moore shares her excitement on receiving the award:
“It is an honor to be awarded the Non Profit Program of the Year by the American Health Care Association. ECC receives this award because of the passion and dedication to those that we serve, specifically highlighting our three magical journey’s to Walt Disney World in 2011, 2013 and 2015. These journeys are some of the best examples of adding value to the lives of the children that we are entrusted to care for at ECC.  Many people that I have encountered over my 25 years in the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) industry continue to marvel at how this healthcare team tends to make things look effortless all while providing the highest quality of care and service. A true award-winning facility!”
The 2018 AHCA Awards recipients are:

  • Hero of the Year- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Laura Horan, Mission at West Jordan Care Center, West Jordan, Utah
  • Not for Profit Program of the Year: Exceptional Care for Children Magical Journey, Exceptional Care for Children, Newark, Del.
  • Not for Profit Trustee Award: Steven B. Craig, Chaparral House, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Adult Volunteer of the Year: Joe Howard, Harlan Health and Rehabilitation Center, Harlan, Ky.
  • Group Volunteer of the Year: Tieszen Memorial Home Auxiliary, Tieszen Memorial Home, Marion, S.D.
  • Young Adult Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Eubank, Diversicare of Amory, Amory, Miss.
The Not for Profit Program of the Year award highlights a specific program that adds value to the care of individuals within a community.
Award recipients will be honored at the AHCA/NCAL 69th Annual Convention in San Diego on October 10, 2018
About Exceptional Care for Children:
Exceptional Care for Children (ECC), a non-profit, pediatric skilled nursing facility that provides residential care for medically fragile and technology-dependent children between the ages of birth and twenty-one years. Located in Newark, Delaware, ECC is the first and only facility of its kind in Delaware and one of very few in this country. As a top-100 ranked nursing home in the United States, this organization takes pride in caring for very inspiring residents and providing them with as normal a childhood as possible despite their medical challenges. To learn more about the magical journey’s to Walt Disney World referenced in the article, please visit
About American Health Care Association (AHCA)/NCAL
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 13,500 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit or