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Genesis HealthCare Honors Cora Shaw as Compassionate Caregiver of the Year in its Alabama/North Carolina Market

Genesis HealthCare Honors Cora Shaw as Compassionate Caregiver of the Year in its Alabama/North Carolina Market

Annual recognition program is modeled after the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care’s national award for healthcare professionals.

High Point, NC - October 18, 2022 - Genesis HealthCare, a national post-acute care provider, today announced that Cora Shaw, the Memory Support Program Director at Meridian Center in High Point, NC, has been selected as the Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (CCOY) in its Alabama/North Carolina market.

Modeled after the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care's national program, Genesis HealthCare sponsors an annual recognition program that provides a meaningful way for Genesis-affiliated centers to recognize and celebrate staff members who go above and beyond the standard of compassionate care. Staff, residents, and residents’ families are all invited to nominate a member of the team who demonstrates compassion in an exceptional way.

As a social worker and the Memory Support Program Director, Cora is responsible for Meridian’s specialized Alzheimer’s and Dementia unit, working with each resident and family to tailor the care to each resident’s specific needs. She always spends one-on-one time with residents, families, and staff to ensure that they have their needs met by actively listening to those around her and providing support, encouragement, and a listening ear to everyone she encounters. Cora is described as not only a great leader, but the glue that holds the team together. She is patient, kind and always willing to lend a helping hand. She brings tranquility, structure and organization to the Memory Support unit where she has a special bond with all her patients and their families.

Cora is also involved with community diversified programming that encompasses and includes everyone. She has supported the community with the Red Hat Society, the Black Business Women Association, and National Social Workers society. She is actively engaged in her women's group at church, where she spends time feeding the homeless and those less fortunate. She is also an active member of her sorority, AKA, that has extensive involvement in various community missions.

“Cora listens attentively and communicates with her residents in a way that both the resident and their family members can understand,” states Richard Vanderhoof, Market President for the Alabama/North Carolina market. “She looks at each resident’s clinical, psychosocial and emotional well-being, and she possesses the sensitivity and skills to perceive and address an unmet need for compassion in all interactions. Meridian Center is lucky to have her on the team.”

Cora was selected as the market-level CCOY from among all staff in 16 Genesis-affiliated centers in Alabama and North Carolina. She is now eligible for Genesis’ company-wide Compassionate Caregiver of the Year award, which will be selected from among its other market-level recipients later this month. Genesis will formally nominate its company-wide CCOY recipient to the Schwartz Center to be considered for that organization’s 2023 National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year award.

About Meridian Center

Meridian Center is a skilled nursing facility offering post-hospital, short-term rehabilitation as well as long-term and respite care. Meridian Center accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances. Meridian Center staff members are dedicated to serving the medical and rehabilitation needs of individuals recovering from illness or injury. Meridian Center is an AHCA Bronze Quality Award Winner. To learn more, visit

About Genesis HealthCare

Genesis HealthCare is a holding company with subsidiaries that, on a combined basis, provide services to skilled nursing facilities and assisted/senior living communities. The Company also specializes in contract rehabilitation therapy, respiratory therapy, physician services, staffing services and accountable care. References made in this release to "Genesis," "the Company," "we," "us" and "our" refer to Genesis Healthcare, Inc. and each of its wholly-owned companies. Visit our website at

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