2 Good Samaritan Society leaders recognized as McKnight’s Women of Distinction Award Winners

Shelley and Stephanie were awarded the McKnight's Women of Distinction award.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Two Good Samaritan Society leaders have been recognized as 2024 McKnight’s Women of Distinction Award winners in the Rising Stars category.

The highly competitive recognition program honors standouts in skilled nursing, senior living and home care. A national, independent panel of judges studies all nominees’ credentials, backgrounds and results.

2024 Good Samaritan Society Rising Stars:

  • Shelly Koch, Executive Director, Home-Based Services – Alma, Neb.
  • Stephanie Uhrmacher, Administrator, Senior Living – Hastings, Neb.

“Shelly and Stephanie are shining examples of servant leadership,” said Aimee Middleton, Good Samaritan Society vice president of operations. “Their expertise in their field is unmatched. What’s more, their work ethic and compassion are contagious which translates into their teams giving 100% every single day.”

The Rising Star awards category honors women who have fewer than 15 years of experience in the skilled nursing, senior living or home care fields, or are 40 years old or younger. All have demonstrated an exceptional commitment at the community, facility, agency or corporate level.

“It is truly a blessing and an honor to serve our clients and their families,” said Koch. “I am beyond proud of the Good Samaritan Society and Sanford Health home-based services teams who provide outstanding care and support 24/7 while making such a meaningful impact on people’s lives. As caregivers, we have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable and it takes an entire team to provide exceptional care.”

“I am humbled to be honored as a Rising Star in the McKnight's Women of Distinction awards program,” said Uhrmacher. “This recognition reflects the incredible service and hospitality provided each day by our team of dedicated senior living professionals at Good Samaritan Society - Hastings Village. This is more than a job - it's a calling and I am grateful each day for the opportunity to serve our residents, who are like family to me.

The McKnight’s Women of Distinction Awards program will culminate with an awards ceremony in Chicago on May 14.

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