A Special Honor

A Special Honor

For CESLC Director of Nursing for Long-Term Care, Time to Take a Bow

Olivia K. 2016 for E-News"Many of us aspire to learn half of what she has to teach and be half of what she is. We have to work hard at this, but what an honor to have this kind of role model and colleague in our lives."

Elisa Gil-Pires, MD, FACP, CMD
VP, Medical Afairs/Medical Director


We've known it all along: the quality of nursing care for residents at Charles E. Smith Life Communities is due in no small part to the outstanding dedication and respected leadership of our director of nursing for long-term care, Olivia Kitcher-Yamikeh, RN, BSN. Today we're delighted to announce that Kitcher-Yamikeh has been recognized and honored for her superior performance by being named Maryland's 2016 Director of Nursing of the Year.

Kitcher-Yamikeh's professional path is one of steady rise. In 1998 she arrived at the Hebrew Home to become clinical unit manager (nurse manager) at the Smith-Kogod Residence. Ten years later, she was promoted to become director of nursing at the same residence. In 2009, she was appointed assistant director of nursing for both the Smith-Kogod and Wasserman Residences, and in August of 2016, she became director of nursing for long-term care. In this capacity, Kitcher-Yamikeh supervises staffing, clinical care quality and delivery, regulatory compliance, employee relations, and resident and family satisfaction. On top of all this, she is noted for having spearheaded the transition to Electronic Medical Records, an operation that she continues to oversee for the nursing home and assisted living centers.

Kitcher-Yamikeh's educational development, beginning in her home country of Ghana, reflects her determination to acquire the training and credentials necessary to advance in the nursing profession. In 1983 she earned a degree from Ghana's Nurses Training College, Korlebu Teaching Hospital, to become a registered nurse; two years later she received a second degree from that same institution to become a registered midwife. As a CESLC employee, she has since earned a BSN from the University of Phoenix (2014) and currently is studying to obtain a master's degree in Health Care Administration from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

"I am so grateful for all the recognition I am receiving from...everyone," said Kitcher-Yamikeh. "I feel very privileged to work in such an organization where both employees and employers live its mission and values of kindness and respect. My years with CESLC have really been a [period] of growth for me."

2016 Award for nursing staff

At the same time that the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration presented it's award to Kitcher-Yamikeh, they also presented their Award for Compassion in Caring to the following geriatric nursing assistants:

  • Rkiya Bensguir
  • Manite Fleurgiste
  • Christina Isreal
  • Mariama Mansaray
  • Hirut Mohammed
  • Miriam Montenegro
  • Michelle Simpson
  • Maizenia Stewart
  • Rebeca Stucchi 

We extend our warmest congratulations to all of these staff members who deliver the finest in skilled nursing care to the older adults at Charles E. Smith Life Communities. They make us proud!

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