Lifespace Communities’ Oak Trace Receives Blue Ribbon in COVID-19 Vigilance Award

February 23, 2022

in Community News

CHICAGO and DALLAS (Feb. 23, 2022) – Lifespace Communities’ Oak Trace community received Telligen’s Blue Ribbon in COVID-19 Vigilance Award. This award recognizes their commitment to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and places the organization on Telligen’s Illinois 2022 Blue Ribbon in COVID-19 Vigilance Recognition List.

“Oak Trace team members and residents came together to control the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Andy Kazmierczak, executive director of Oak Trace. “With vaccination rates of 97% for our team members and 99% for our residents, it was a team effort to protect the health and safety of everyone in our community.”

“Our team members are laser-focused on the health and safety of our residents,” said Dr. Sara Hamm, chief clinician and public health officer for Lifespace Communities. “The pandemic has necessitated ongoing and critical adherence to daily practices that keep us safe. It is our commitment to ongoing training and support, quality of programs, and our dedicated and highly skilled front-line caregiving team members that allows us to accomplish amazing outcomes.”

“Oak Trace has demonstrated their commitment to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Sue Stefan, Telligen executive director, Federal Health Solutions. “We applaud their hard work to ensure that COVID-19 related policies, processes and ongoing staff education are in place and have taken the critical step to get their team members and residents vaccinated.”

Nursing homes on the recognition list have met criteria to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for the safety of their residents and staff. This includes completing a COVID-19 preparedness attestation and achieving a staff COVID-19 vaccination rate of 85% or greater, and a resident COVID-19 vaccination rate of 95% or greater. See the complete Blue Ribbon in COVID-19 Vigilance Recognition List here:

 Oak Trace carries a 5-Star Health Center rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and was recognized as a Best Nursing Home for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report. Lifespace Communities, the owner and operator of Oak Trace, is investing more than $100 million in expanding and redeveloping the community.

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