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“I am just really humbled to receive this award,” Dean Windsor, executive director of Amber Oaks, said at a reception Thursday night.
Anyone who attended the ceremony immediately could get a sense of why Windsor is the 2012 recipient of the Kentucky Assisted Living Facilities Association Leadership Award, because the party had Windsor’s special touch.
All the facility’s residents who felt up to attending were receiving just as much attention from the staff as Windsor was, being served punch and special treats, with Windsor himself going around to visit with some of them, as if he were not the one in the limelight.
“That’s why he was chosen to receive this award,” said Rebecca Gatti, marketing director for Renaissance Senior Communities, Amber Oaks’ parent company. “He stands out in many ways, but his passion for helping others sets him apart. He truly wants to makes the residents’ lives better.
“He also truly cares about his employees. It’s not just a job to him. It’s truly a commitment to making people’s lives better.”
The statewide award is given based on exceptional performance in all aspects of senior care at the assisted-living level. One recipient is chosen each year, and the award is announced at an annual reception in Louisville, which was held May 9.
Windsor also was named Renaissance Senior Communities’ Executive Director of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and recently he was promoted the company’s to regional director of operations.
“Our parent company looks to Dean to provide guidance to other properties within the corporation, in addition to his responsibilities as executive director of Amber Oaks,” said Sherry Arnold, a nurse at Amber Oaks and a member of the KALFA.
Windsor is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, and his background includes nursing and firefighting. He has 20 years experience in the health-care industry.
He was surrounded at the ceremony by employees, Amber Oaks residents and his family, wife Amber, and children Bryn, Nick, Ayden and baby Jacob.
“I just really want to thank my staff for sharing my vision of what a great assisted living facility should be, and that’s a place that makes people feel like family,” Windsor said. “Because that’s what we are here, a family.”