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Life Care Centers of America honored DJ Slivka, executive director at Life Care Center of Old Hickory Village, Tennessee, with one of two President’s Awards for its Eastern Division on Aug. 27, 2018.


The honor recognizes distinguished service in the long-term health care management role. The Eastern Division includes 39 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.


Slivka was praised for his servant leadership, helping the facility to lower turnover and achieve a deficiency-free survey this year in nursing.


“DJ can be found washing dishes, cooking salmon patties for his patients, meeting a staff member on the night shift who is struggling, sending flowers to a discharged patient who is not feeling well or going to the hospital on the weekend to check on a resident,” said Travis Hillis, regional vice president.


“DJ has demonstrated professional skill and compassion in dispatching his responsibilities to the associates, residents and families he serves,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “He has uniquely demonstrated a leadership style for others to emulate. This is a distinguished award to receive because it goes to the heart of our mission.”


Fifteen President’s Awards are presented annually to leaders of overall successful facilities or organizations within Life Care.