Congratulations to our 2017 Imogene Higbie Direct Care Service Award Recipients!

2017 Imy Award Recipients

 RI Generations (RIG) is a coalition of organizations and individuals from around the state involved in culture change work to promote individualized person-directed care practices.  Together, we are pushing Rhode Island’s long-term care practices into the 21st century recognizing and implementing a range of services and care that respect and honor the dignity, independence, and choices of elders.

RI Generations Happenings

Happy 2017 to my long-term care colleagues!

I am honored to be this year’s Chair of RI Generations.  It is a privilege to be a part of such an extraordinary group of professionals who work tirelessly to better the lives of our elders here in Rhode Island.
This year, the RI Generations Executive Board consists of:

Kevin McKay, ’17 President/Chair, Tockwotton on the Waterfront
Liz DaRosa, Vice President, West Shore Health Center
Kishma Pringle, Treasure, Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Karen Morin, Secretary, Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Lisa Ferreira, Past President, Health Concepts, Ltd.


Originally formed in 2015 and called the RI Culture Change Coalition, the group officially changed the name to RI Generations.  The founding and subsequent members of RI Generations have brought this organization to fruition and continue to aide in the promotion of culture change and advancing person-centered care

Starting in 2007, and each year since, RI Generations has offered an annual symposium to bring national subject matter experts to educate and promote person-centered care concepts and techniques.  Additionally, the symposium is used to highlight individual champions and the different opportunities facilities have had to improve person-centered care services.  It’s a journey of continuous innovation and improvement.

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of our Annual Person-Centered Care Symposium and an amazing training year! In celebration of our 10-year anniversary, we are hosting expanded programs starting with the first ever, Imogene Higbie Awards Dinner on the evening of June 7th.

I was fortunate enough to have a personal friendship with Imy through her time spent as a resident of the senior living community I worked at, Tockwotton.  After an extended stay at Tockwotton, Imy moved back home and being the activist that she was, began to work on a culture change/person-centered care movement.  Imy collaborated with both Steven Shields and Joe Angelelli on the culture change mission and this is where Imy contributed to Steven Shield’s book entitled: In Pursuit of the Sunbeam.  Through Imy’s testimonial and the book in general, my eyes, and the eyes of many others, were opened and we saw the need to fix a broken long term care system.   Named in Imy’s honor, the Imogene Higbie Direct-care Service award is presented to direct care workers who exemplify person-centered care in their work every day.  The banquet will honor past and this year’s Champions of person-centered care and all are invited to join in support of this great direct-care recognition award!

On June 8th,  RI Generations will offer a full day of speakers, training presenters, and provider exhibitors at the Symposium.  We are thrilled to welcome three national and internationally known speakers to this year’s symposium: Dr. G. Allen Power, Steven Shields, and Nancy Fox – all previous keynote speakers of past symposiums and supporters of Rhode Island’s culture change journey!

REGISTER TODAY for the Awards Dinner, Symposium, or as an Exhibitor!

A request for nominations for the 2017 Imy Award candidates will be forwarded to you shortly.   I encourage every senior living community in the state of RI to nominate deserving direct-care staff.  This award and recognition will help to continue what Imy started in promoting direct-care staff who champion person-centered care.


Nomination forms/letters EXTENDED to:

Monday, May 1, 2017

Please submit nomination forms to rigenerations@gmail.com or fax to 855-848-5187


I hope that you will partake in the many offerings we are providing this year and that you will seriously consider joining this wonderful organization!

Subscribe to RI Generations posts & news on the Home page, and this would also be a good time for anyone who is interested in joining RI Generations, to contact us for more information.

Kevin McKay


For information regarding RI Generations, our meetings, and training activities, e-mail us at: rigenerations@gmail.com