Post-Acute Care Administrator Receives ACHCA’s Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award


May 20, 2020

The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Michael Williams, Administrator of Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury in Winchester, Virginia with the 2020 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. Only 7% of facilities nationwide met the initial selection criteria. This year, seventy-eight administrators in 23 states met all eligibility requirements and were awarded the facility leadership award nationally. The leadership award will be celebrated at ACHCA’s Annual Convocation and Exposition scheduled to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana from August 30-September 2, 2020.

Based on the premise that facility excellence reflects leadership excellence, this award recognizes the Administrator of record who provided such leadership for the full 2019 calendar year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire Safety, and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also include at least an 80% or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status. This prestigious award is made possible with the support of ABILITY® Network Inc.

The Facility Leadership Award was introduced in 2008 by one of ACHCA’s most revered leaders, the late Eli Pick. A former executive director of the Ballard Rehabilitation Center, DesPlaines, IL for over 30 years, Eli embodied excellence as an Administrator that cared for his residents, their families, and his community. This award is presented annually in memory of Eli, a consummate member of ACHCA, dedicated to advancing professionalism and leadership in long term care. Additional information regarding the award can be viewed at