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Supporting Organizations

Culture Change Network of Georgia Advisory Group

Support generously provided by the Georgia Institute on Aging and Healthcare Research, Inc.


Adult Day of Dunwoody
A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab
BrightStar Lifecare
Carlyle Place
Jewish Family & Career Services
Lanier Village Estates
Lutheran Towers
Park Springs
Presbyterian Homes of Georgia
St. George Village
Visiting Nurse/Hospice Atlanta
Wesley Woods Senior Living



LeadingAge Georgia, CCNG Co-Founder
Have a Good Life, CCNG Co-Founder/Consultant
Alliant Quality
Alzheimer's Association GA Chapter
Atlanta Regional Commission/AAA
CMS Survey Branch
Center for Positive Aging
Emory Fugua Center for Late Life Depression
Evercare Georgia (GA Medical Directors Assoc)
Georgia Health Care Association
Georgia Council on Aging/CO-AGE
Georgia DCH/Health Care Facility Regulation Division
Georgia DHS Division of Aging Services
Georgia Long Term Care Ombudsman
Georgia State University Gerontology Institue
Georgia Gerontology Society
Positive Approach
University of Georgia College of Public Health
Various Consumers
Various Professionals & Consultants
Various Caregivers, Students & Interns
Various Gerontologist/Private Practice Professionals



“For me, the essence of an organization that has fundamentally transformed its culture is that it is a place where relationships matter and are valued above all else.  This shows up in ways large and small on a day-to-day basis, from the way staff at all levels interact, to the way staff, elders and families relate to one another.  When all of those relationships are built on a foundation of mutual respect, openness, equality and genuine caring there is no telling what else is possible!”

~ Ruta Kadonoff, Executive Director, The Pioneer Network


  “Culture of organizations is the highest responsibility of leaders. Culture health is as important to monitor and foster as the air we breathe and the water we drink. The people that live and work in our organizations deserve the healthiest environments we can give them. Therefore the pursuit of culture transformation becomes our top priority of helping members improve their performance and increase the public’s confidence in our missions.”

 ~ Larry Minnix, former President & CEO, LeadingAge


  “When I hear the term Culture Change, I imagine a long-term care facility where residents and staff work together to create a true homeplace where residents are encouraged to direct their own care.  The residents are free to keep to their own daily schedule, rising and retiring as they chose, they may decorate and furnish their room with personal items, and if they wish they may be involved in growing and preparing their own food.  I am excited to join the Culture Change Network in Georgia!”

 ~ Jeni Coyne, former Georgia State Long-Term Care Ombudsman


 “Culture change improves the quality of life for consumers and their families, and the quality of work life for staff at all levels. Culture change requires substantial organizational transformation and cannot be achieved through any one intervention. Culture change activities focus on one or more of three strategic objectives:  expanding person-centered care;  promoting workforce development;  and building nursing home capacity to engage in continuous quality improvement.  IFAS congratulates gahsa for developing this network in Georgia.”

 ~ Natasha S. Bryant, Institute for the Future of Aging Services (IFAS)


“Culture change in aging services has focused on person-centered care – the idea that residents should be fed and bathed according to their liking, not the convenience of the facility staff.  Yet, culture change is so much more than this.  Change happens in a wide variety of ways, and should not be defined in a limited fashion.  Embracing change is about changing our mindsets, our worldviews, our assumptions and our attitudes.  It starts from within each of us, and manifests itself organizationally in teamwork, innovation, systems thinking and new leadership practices.”

 ~ Michele Holleran, Holleran Consulting, LeadingAge Leadership Advocacy


 “As Culture Change relates to nursing home care, I have come to view the concept as including the kinds of multifaceted and transformational changes that will be necessary for us all to focus greater emphasis on improving the quality of life for nursing home residents by providing more individualized, resident-centered care, in an environment that respects individual dignity, self-determination, choices and preferences about the services they receive and the physical environment within which they live… and, which I see as the most important yet-to-be-realized promises of the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act (OBRA ’87).  I look forward to participating with you and the others on this initiative.”

 ~ David Dunbar, former Director, Long-Term Care Section, Office of Regulatory Services, GA Department of Human Resources


“GMCF, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Georgia, is proud to work with the Culture Change Network of Georgia and hopes this new effort will inspire all healthcare settings to practice person-directed care.  At the heart of quality improvement is the right care provided to the right person at the right time.  Elders today deserve this from their healthcare providers and it requires us to work at examining processes, develop leadership skills, and inspire the passion to improve.

 By working with the Culture Change Network of Georgia this information will not be just a flavor of the month, but instead it will be the way we do our work in all settings in the future.”

 ~ Linda Kluge, Alliant|GMCF,the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Georgia 


 “The Georgia Council on Aging continues to promote best practices in the delivery of services to older Georgians.  Through collaborations with community partners to sponsor forums highlighting best practices, providing input to state agencies through work group participation and public testimony, the Council promotes innovation and creative problem solving.  Although the process of culture change often seems to move more slowly than we might like, with steadfast dedication we move public policy in the direction needed to better serve older Georgians.”

 ~ Matthew Malok, former CMP Program Manager, Georgia Council on Aging


“As a part of the Wesley Woods Center on Aging and Emory University, The Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression is dedicated to improving public awareness and understanding of depression in older adults in order to de-stigmatize and eliminate discrimination associated with mental illness.  We believe that promoting a culture change regarding overall mental health will improve the quality of life for our seniors for years to come. We are thrilled to be part of the Culture Change Network of Georgia, and feel that now is a great time to organize, develop and improve partnerships in aging services community in order to facilitate this exciting movement.”

 ~ Nancie Vito, formerly at The Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression


  “In 1962 when I entered nursing school in Houston, Texas I was surprised to learn that my education did not include care of persons with developmental disabilities. As the sibling of a developmentally-disabled brother, I was shocked by this dismissal of a unique population with special needs. Children were cared for by pediatricians, and older persons were just the other end of the age spectrum. There was no field of gerontology or geriatrics. We learned about illness and disease and caring, but we did not learn about difference and diversity and self-direction. Care plans were laboriously created for the patients we served, but never did we ask the patient what they would like to see happen. Everything was done for them, to them, and sometimes for their families, but certainly not “with them.”

 Today, that has all changed in our culture! No stronger statement of culture change comes to my mind than the massive changes in society and in human and health services that those!  It is for these reasons that I  wish to participate in the Culture Change Network of Georgia,  and work with others in our state to consider the culture change around care of persons for the long term.”

~ Norma Lundy, Atlanta Regional Commission